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December 11, 2017 3:39PM
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After looking forward to our Liberia trip for nearly six months, I can’t believe that it is almost over! Oh, how I will miss my fresh* papaya and pancakes in the morning! Oh, how I will miss our giant van and our lovely drivers, Bedna, James, and Jimmy! Oh, how I will miss the cultural landmark that is Monroe Chicken… actually, I probably won’t miss Monroe Chicken that much. 

In our last few days in Liberia, we are all working hard to complete our memo, especially since we all seemed...

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December 10, 2017 3:27PM
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Today, the students of Public Policy 85 were able to have a serious once-in-a-lifetime experience in Liberia. They were able to venture about an hour out of Monrovia along the coastal road to a beach side village. There, they were greeted by a parade, complete with snare drums, saxophones and many local school children marching and dancing. However, that wasn’t the first unanticipated event of the trip. 

We loaded up into long boats, accompanied by former Miss Liberia and YALI fellow...

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December 08, 2017 2:40PM
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Another exciting day here in Liberia! We survived our last day of meetings with two very exciting visits. In the morning, we met with the World Bank’s Country Manager, Larisa Leshchenko, and her team. This was one of the most productive and insightful meetings we’ve had in the country. We were able to discuss Liberia’s economic priorities with a group of really knowledgeable professionals, and gained great insight about what steps to recommend to the new government. Before we left we took a...

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December 08, 2017 2:04PM
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The day began at 8:30am to the cacophonous sounds of Tubman Boulevard, one of Monrovia’s main streets. My shower which does either ice cold or scorching hot decided it would be an ice cold day and my shirt, which does either white or stained, decided it would be a stained day. My big decision of the day was switching my allegiance from Monroe Chicken to The Hub. Hopefully my GI tract agrees with this. It’s been well behaved thus far.

The day began with a meeting at the Liberian...

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December 07, 2017 12:01PM
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After a relaxing weekend at the beach in Robertsport, we headed into our meetings Monday feeling energized. We first met with the director and staff of Liberia’s National Health Institute. These health experts fought the 2014 Ebola crisis from its earliest stages, and we discussed the difficulty the country has retaining medical professionals, the contributions of international aid, and the institute’s plan for the next major crisis. Director of USAID in Liberia Tony Chan later treated us to...

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December 06, 2017 11:42AM
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During the weekend of December 2nd we travelled to Robertsport, a Liberian town located right along the beach a few hours out from the capital. On Saturday morning, we scrambled to store our luggage and squeeze into our four-wheel drive, terrain-adaptive vehicles. Deciding on which vehicle to enter proved to be a fateful choice for four students in particular, myself included. Thirty minutes into our sweaty excursion, our good friend Steve, the driver, pulled over. The imaginable...

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December 05, 2017 3:31PM
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With election tensions running high, Public Policy 85 students attended what is most likely one of the most important Supreme Court cases in Liberian history. One of the candidates in the October 10th election challenged the results, and the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. The run-off election cannot go forward until this issue is resolved.

At 9 am, we arrived to hear cases argued by the Liberian National Elections Commission and the Liberty and Unity parties, two of the 20...

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December 04, 2017 5:37PM
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After 22 hours in the air, 5 airplane meals, and 3+ flights, we have made it to Liberia! 

We got to our hotel at 1 am on Thursday morning and after a short nap we left for our first meeting with Stephen Kissik, a Senior Police Leadership Advisor. He is an American that has been contracted to train and advise the Liberian National Police. Kissik discussed the lack of 'functional corruption,' or a type of corruption that results in increased economic productivity. In an ideal world...

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December 03, 2017 5:20PM
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Global citizenship and engagement are key. Understanding one’s place in the world and the complexities of international policy dilemmas truly allow for one to become a global citizen—an identity especially important in our modern world. At Dartmouth, every year, Public Policy 85: Global Policy Leadership (PBPL 85) offers our public policy students a unique experimental learning opportunity that allows them to deconstruct cross-cultural barriers and become well versed in the intricacies of...

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December 01, 2017 5:22PM
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Charlotte Kamin '18 interned with the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I served as an Iraq research analyst intern with the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). ISW is a non-partisan think tank in Washington D.C. that researches and analyzes the political and security conditions abroad to better inform the American public and to influence U.S. strategy and policy in...

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