“Punitive action is not the only response”

“Punitive action is not the only response”

Should we decriminalise cannabis? Or legalise it? Or, as in one option discussed by the French government, make its use punishable only by a fine? Two members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Michel Kazatchkine, former director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and Ruth Dreifuss, former president of the Swiss Confederation, came to speak at Sciences Po at a debate with Henri Bergeron, director of the Sciences Po Centre for the Sociology of Organisations, and Didier Jayle, professor of addiction studies at CNAM.

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Saving money, losing lives

Saving money, losing lives

Analysis by David Paltiel, professor at Yale School of Public Health and a visiting professor at the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) at Sciences Po.

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1917, the revolution that continues to disturb

1917, the revolution that continues to disturb

A century ago, on October 25, 1917, Lenin and the Bolsheviks seized control of St. Petersburg. This founding act would lead to the birth of the Soviet Union. Yet the fact that the October Revolution turns 100 this year seems to be arousing little interest in Russia. No official festivities are planned to mark the centenary. Sabine Dullin, Sciences Po professor and researcher at the Centre for History, explains the tensions and political issues underpinning this decision.

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Sciences Po in the world's top 50 for social sciences

Sciences Po in the world's top 50 for social sciences

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject places Sciences Po in 50th position worldwide for social sciences. Sciences Po ranks first among French universities in the subject.

This result attests to Sciences Po’s excellence in teaching and research in sociology, geography, political & international studies, and communication & media studies.

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In search of lost cities

In search of lost cities

Thomas Chaney, a researcher in Sciences Po’s Department of Economics, specialises in international trade and finance and their underlying networks. His research mixes theoretical models with unexpected fields like... archeology. Find out how an economist set out to find lost cities armed with equations.

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Ethnography & Photography: An Uneasy Relationship

Ethnography & Photography: An Uneasy Relationship

From June 26-28, Sciences Po hosted the International Asian Studies Conference.  For the occasion, researchers working in various countries around Asia, from Pakistan to China to Laos, shared images that they had taken while conducting their fieldwork. 

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Democracy in China: An Inevitable Development?

Democracy in China: An Inevitable Development?

What is the potential for democratic development in China? How and when can democracy be implemented? What role should France have in China’s evolution towards democracy? 
Watch the interview with Chinese dissident Wang Dan to hear his analysis on democratic change in China and the significance of the younger generation.

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1989, Tiananmen Square

1989, Tiananmen Square

On June 26, 27 and 28, Sciences Po is hosting the International Asian Studies Conference. Over the three-day conference, participants from around the world will get to hear leading specialists of the region speak about their latest research. For the occasion, Sciences Po has invited a major witness to Asia's development: Wang Dan, one of the main spokespersons of the Tiananmen Square movement in 1989 and a strong advocate of democratic change to this day. Jean-Philippe Béja, China specialist and CNRS emeritus senior researcher at Sciences Po - CERI (Centre de recherches internationales), outlines the contributions of a committed campaigner for democracy.

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Redefining the Field of History

Redefining the Field of History

How does one tell the history of any given country or actor?  What role should social processes have in the discussion and analysis of international relations and politics? What is the significance of collaboration among historians?
 
Watch Professor Gienow-Hecht discuss the recent controversy and debate among historians as well as current developments and innovations in the field. 
 
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