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The plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt

The plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt

Religious tensions are rising in Egypt following the November 2018 murder of seven Coptic Christians in Minya, a province south of Cairo. Several gunmen ambushed two buses of Christian pilgrims who were traveling to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in Egypt’s west. Sixteen other Copts were injured. The […]

Economic and political unrest in Italy, explained

Economic and political unrest in Italy, explained

An October 2018 viral video showed an escalator in Rome malfunctioning, injuring dozens of people. The video captured the escalator suddenly speeding up, causing a pileup of people at the bottom. This video is a glimpse into the much larger infrastructure crisis in Rome. The historic city is home to […]

Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis: aftermath

Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis: aftermath

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to replace Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with former authoritarian president Mahinda Rajapaksa — and Sirisena’s subsequent decision to suspend and dissolve Sri Lanka’s parliament and call for snap elections — have sparked outcry from people across the country and piqued the interest of India […]

U.S. sanctions on Iran: the international reaction

U.S. sanctions on Iran: the international reaction

On November 5, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced its “largest ever single-day action” targeting the Iranian regime. OFAC sanctioned more than 700 individuals, entities, aircraft, and vessels, according to the press release. These new sanctions followed the decision of President Donald Trump to withdraw […]

Shinzo Abe’s path to reform Japan’s constitution

Shinzo Abe’s path to reform Japan’s constitution

In September 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected in a landslide victory as the head of Japan’s ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). His election to a third term means Abe is poised to be Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. Abe has consistently pledged throughout his tenure to […]

Ebola in the DRC: threats and outlook

Ebola in the DRC: threats and outlook

The Democratic Republic of Congo is undergoing its tenth epidemic of Ebola since the disease’s first appearance in the country. The epidemic, centered in the country’s province of North Kivu, likely broke out in May, though it was only officially declared in August. This latest episode of Ebola is distinguished […]

The #MeToo Movement in China

The #MeToo Movement in China

#MeToo movement goes global Since October of 2017, a social media-driven movement against sexual harassment, known as the #MeToo movement, has triggered national debate by uncovering accusations against sexual predators, many of whom are prominent figures in their industries, from Hollywood to the Supreme Court. Originating in the United States, […]

Angela Merkel’s resignation: causes and consequences

Angela Merkel’s resignation: causes and consequences

On Oct. 29, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she will abdicate her role as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and not seek re-election to her position after her term as chancellor expires in 2021. Her retirement from the post she’s held since 2005 will have ripple effects across […]

Brexit: The Irish border dilemma

Brexit: The Irish border dilemma

“Can the Irish border issue sink the Brexit negotiations?” Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator over Brexit, was asked that question by a newscaster on the French public radio broadcaster France Inter. The day the interview was broadcast, on Oct. 19, a high-level meeting of the European Council in Brussels […]

Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the 2018 presidential election in Brazil.

Brazil’s 2018 presidential election, round two

Background This Sunday’s presidential runoff election in Brazil is exemplary of a trend that has become increasingly pronounced in recent years: voters dissatisfied with the status quo are turning en masse to lend their support to a radical political outsider who they believe will solve all of the problems plaguing […]

Macedonia’s failed referendum is a win for Russia

Macedonia’s failed referendum is a win for Russia

The failed Macedonian name referendum, proposing changing the name of the country from Macedonia to North Macedonia, caught the attention of both Western and Russian observers last month. Although 91 percent of voters supported the name change, Macedonian law requires at least 50 percent of voters to cast a ballot […]

Protests in Managua, Nicaragua, in 2018. Image from Wikimedia.

Ortega’s Nicaragua: A broken promise

“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” —Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight From the late 1960s through the 1970s, a young man named Daniel Ortega found himself at the forefront of revolutionary change in Nicaragua. As a prominent member of one […]

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s landmark election

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s landmark election

On 1 December 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be inaugurated the next Mexican president. AMLO, a leftist, previously served as mayor of Mexico City from 2000 to 2006, and his election indicates two things about voters: that they want to change the dynamic between Mexico and the U.S., and […]

Latin American Elections in 2018 Part I: Cuba, Brazil

Latin American Elections in 2018 Part I: Cuba, Brazil

Practically since its inception, the United States has professed its vested interest in strong self-government in Latin America. That interest varied from the idealistic — “We consider their interest and ours as the same, and that the object of both must be to exclude all European influence from this hemisphere,” […]

India’s Tax Reform Boosts Business Friendliness Rankings

India’s Tax Reform Boosts Business Friendliness Rankings

Between headlines of the White House’s latest administration-ending scandal and Robert Mueller’s progress in the Trump-Russia probe, vital news about a rising superpower slipped completely under the American media’s radar. In the World Bank Group’s 2018 Ease of Doing Business Index rankings, which rewards better business environments and simpler regulations, […]

The Short and Long Term Impacts of the KRG Referendum

The Short and Long Term Impacts of the KRG Referendum

On September 25th, the Kurdistan Region overwhelmingly voted for independence, with the final tally being at a 92% independence vote throughout the referendum. Immediately after the results of the referendum were confirmed, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) immediately stated that it intended to negotiate with Baghdad with a clear political […]

After the 2017 Snap Election, Brexit Could Go Either Way

After the 2017 Snap Election, Brexit Could Go Either Way

In my predictions for the 2017 snap election, I claimed that in all likelihood, Theresa May and the Tories would secure a larger parliamentary majority, and that majority would more than likely not affect Brexit negotiations as it would neither change the European Union’s terms nor strengthen the UK’s leverage. […]

Russia’s Arctic Policy: What Happens Next?

Russia’s Arctic Policy: What Happens Next?

Over the past decade, Russia has invested billions of dollars into restoring Soviet Arctic air and naval bases in hopes of expanding Russian territory, a potential flashpoint in U.S.-Russia relations. These investments suggest that Russia is positioning its military as an indemnity in order to illicitly extract priceless natural resources […]

Could North Korea-US tensions Culminate to Armed Conflict?

Could North Korea-US tensions Culminate to Armed Conflict?

Just a few days ago, the US Secretary of State claimed the country must “prepare for the worst”, as a result of rising tensions between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. President Donald Trump has chosen to approach the situation with an aggressive posture, stating that […]

One Country, Two Systems

One Country, Two Systems

This past summer, Hong Kong residents celebrated the 20th anniversary of the island’s handover from British back to Chinese rule. This supposedly jovial celebration was overshadowed by the reoccurring question of Hong Kong’s true autonomy as China increases its regional hegemony. “One country, two systems” is highly recognized phrase in […]

The Implications of Hybrid Warfare on European Security

The Implications of Hybrid Warfare on European Security

What exactly is “hybrid warfare”? The term has received criticism for being too vague. Michael Kofman and Matthew Rojansky have argued that Russia has no unified doctrine on hybrid warfare and is, in many ways, simply emulating how the United States operated in Afghanistan and Iraq. Similarly, Damien Van Puyvelde […]

What the 2017 Snap Election means for Brexit

What the 2017 Snap Election means for Brexit

Despite repeatedly claiming that she wouldn’t do so, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election to be held this year on June 8th. It’s apparent that the election appears to have been called by May in order to stamp out any remaining pro-European Union Members of Parliament, […]

Egypt: Reexamining an Old Friendship

Egypt: Reexamining an Old Friendship

  On April 3, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made his first visit to the White House in a meeting with President Donald Trump. Referencing the United States’ $1.3 billion in military assistance to Egypt, Trump promised “strong backing” to strongman Sisi, who was barred from the Obama White House […]

The Little Blue Men of the South China Sea

The Little Blue Men of the South China Sea

In recent years, China has become much more aggressive in its claims in the South China Sea. The Chinese government has long claimed that it has sovereignty over a large part of the South China Sea, using maps drawn by the Kuomintang during the Chinese Civil War to self-legitimize this […]

Marxism’s Modern Revival

Marxism’s Modern Revival

In contrast to the global rise of populism that headlines the news each day, a more nuanced upsurge in exhibitions of communism has risen: Finland is experimenting with universal basic income. The United States, a pluralist and painstakingly capitalist country, saw a self-proclaimed socialist candidate climb surprisingly far in recent […]

President Trump: Take Care with Latin America

President Trump: Take Care with Latin America

The United States’ foreign policy in Latin America over the last few decades has centered around the promotion of peace and democracy in the region; whether or not it has been effective is debatable. However, this regional strategy is quickly nearing irrelevancy with the United States’ presidential transition, as President […]

Venezuela’s Oil Paradox

Venezuela’s Oil Paradox

The current economic crisis in Venezuela has led many news sources to call the country’s economy the worst in the world today. With its extensive oil reserves, Venezuela was once the richest country in South America, but the nation has always lacked an independent and dynamic private sector. The socialist […]

Coral or Coal?

Coral or Coal?

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s––and the world’s––greatest natural wonders. Composed of over 540 islands, the Reef has an extreme concentration of biodiversity, acts as a natural breakwater to minimize the impact of storms on Australia’s coastline, and preserves thousands of species in its fragile and unique ecosystem. […]

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Ethiopia 2016: Downward Spiral or Growing Pains?

Ethiopia has been on the rise. For the past fifteen years, Africa’s second-most populous country has posted undeniably impressive marks in various economic development indicators. Aggressive government policies and large amounts of foreign aid have lifted millions out of poverty and improved quality of life to such a point that […]

What an Independent Kashmir Can Offer

What an Independent Kashmir Can Offer

Tensions have been rising between India and Pakistan over Kashmir again. Both India and Pakistan lay claim to the Kashmir, seeing it as an existential issue. India believes it needs Kashmir because it cannot claim to be a properly secular state if it does not have at least one Muslim-majority […]

Libya Today

Libya Today

On November 9th, the International Criminal Court announced that in 2017 it will focus on prosecuting war crimes in Libya after five years of violence, lawlessness, and humanitarian disaster in the North African country. The issues in Libya were referred to the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, by a fifteen member […]

Chavistas Halt Venezuelan Progress

Chavistas Halt Venezuelan Progress

Despite winning the presidency in a special election only three years earlier, the latest polls show that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s approval rating is slightly above nineteen percent. On any given weekday, between noon and two o’clock, viewers can tune their radio to 95.9 FM for La Hora de Salsa […]

Moldova Holds First Direct Presidential Election Since 1996

Moldova Holds First Direct Presidential Election Since 1996

Politics have never been an entirely local affair in Moldova. Wedged between Ukraine and Romania, the country has long been seen as a key battleground for influence between Russia and the West. In recent years, Moldova’s pro-Western government has made some major steps toward European Union membership, including an Association […]

Forced Repatriation – A New UN Mandate?

Forced Repatriation – A New UN Mandate?

The Kenyan government, now with the backing of the United Nations, has ordered the refugee camp in Dadaab near the Somali border to close by the end of November. While multilateral institutions like the UN generally aid in transporting large groups of refugees as far as needed if a camp […]

In a World of Trumplomacy

In a World of Trumplomacy

Following the election of far-right populist Donald Trump to the US presidency, the international community has begun to anxiously shuffle its feet. Traditional U.S allies including Angela Merkel, François Hollande, and Enrique Peña Nieto as well as the European Union sent Trump mixed messages of congratulations and concern, seeking distinctions […]