Author: Rachael Hughen

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Unfreezing Ukraine

Unfreezing Ukraine

Once a hot conflict, Ukraine is now frozen in place. Despite the Minsk ceasefire agreement signed in 2014, and again in 2015, war rages on. Shelling, mortaring, and small arms clashes have increased on both sides this year, displaying a total lack of order and a vicious cycle of violence. […]

Shifting Dynamics of a Nuclear North Korea

Shifting Dynamics of a Nuclear North Korea

On September 9th, North Korea conducted its fifth and most recent nuclear test. While we often look at Kim Jong Un’s displays of military bravado as childish temper tantrums, this time the threat may be credible, affecting both regional and international security. Pyongyang has been creating new bombs in terms […]