Truman National Security Project


The Modi Era: Responsibility for Whom?

Last Friday marked the world’s largest democratic exercise, catapulting India’s Nerendra Modi onto the international stage. Though his victory is record-breaking, his presence is acutely polarizing. Many find the Prime Minister’s childhood story of a lower caste village life charmingly alluring; he grew up watching his father steam the perfect concoction of cream, tea, sugar, […]

Q&A: Victim of an alleged hate crime still has hope

Columbia University professor and Truman Project Fellow Prabhjot Singh is interviewed by Lisa de Bode of Aljazeera America, following his recent assault. At the press conference, you said we needed to figure out who gave the kids who assaulted you “a green light to hate.” How did America’s social fabric change after Sept. 11, 2001? […]

Celebrating the Spirit of Ramadan from Turkey to America

Growing up the son of a protestant pastor and valuing the role that my Christian faith plays in my own life, it often comes as a surprise to

Christian right enforces GOP senators’ vote against UN disabilities treaty

“I couldn’t sleep at night if I were a senator and did not vote for this.” So said Steven Rothstein, a leading advocate for the disabled, to the Boston Globe on the eve of the US Senate vote to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Apparently, 38 Republican senators decided they’d rather lose sleep than lose their […]

Reworking Islam in Pakistan

In my last visit to Pakistan, I stayed, as usual, with a close cousin and his family.  Himself a physician, his twin sons had also recently graduated from medical school and were preparing to begin their residency programs.  The mother of the family founded and ran a number of private primary and secondary schools, and […]