The Columbia Political Review is a student run non-partisan publication. The views represented here belong to their author and are not representative of the publication's political views or sympathies.

2017 Editorial Board


Anamaria lopez


BAni Sapra

Design editor

Theresa yang 

Marketing Director

Dimitrius Keeler

arts editor

charly voelkel

lead web editor

poorvi bellur

Managing Editors

amanda kam

shambhavi Tiwari 

karen yuan

Copy Chief

Maggie Toner

Senior Editors

vivian casillas

audrey deGuerrera

brian gao

belle harris

melissa ho

jahan nanji

sheena qiao

nina zweig

Copy Editor

song rhee

Editor's Note

While my layout editors and I are putting the finishing touches on this issue, my peers and members of my editorial staff are downtown participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Regardless of where one falls ideologically, the movement is undoubtedly an uprising against the corporate juggernaut that defines our time. The four popular political groups on campus (CU Democrats, College Republicans, College Libertarians, and International Socialist Organization) have weighed in on this very issue in our new recurring feature, Student Stump. I cannot think of a better addition to our magazine, which now begins its second decade of existence. Our mission has always been to showcase our student body’s perspectives and insights on both popular and lesser-known issues – this feature truly takes it to the next level and presents the clash among the political opinions that exist on our campus. We may not know the fate of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, but rising antipathy for Wall Street and its economic volatility are a grave cause for concern today. This has inspired Hadi Elzayn (4) to advocate, in a Modest Proposal, for New York City to “diversify” its economic future by encouraging entrepreneurship and investing in alternative energy and biotechnology industries – in a sense, creating a Silicon Valley of its own.

Along with the constant headlines today about Wall Street, one cannot ignore the endless chatter within the media about the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Taylor Thompson (15) gives his own take on the elections, focusing on the rise of Herman Cain, who has recently become the new favorite of political satirists.  Jordan Kalms (12) analyzes the rising influence of these political satirists on the mainstream media and the American public at-large. Neither the satirists nor the conventional anchors have been anything less than critical of Obama’s presidency, and in our cover story, Matt Getz (7) delves into the forgotten region of Obama’s foreign policy, Latin America, arguing for a new era of reengagement.

As CPR loves to constantly improve and reinvent itself, I ask our readers to provide us with feedback on how this magazine can better serve its readers. Please feel free to contact me at

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