The Compass

Double Take: Israel

Double Take: Israel

Politics Transcended  Blog post by: Alisa Laufer When considering challenges present in the American political scene—before the economy, the environment, or health care—I worry first about the lack of bipartisanship among our national leaders.  Without compromise across the aisle, issues that should be prioritized suffer from excessive debate and stalling.  That […]

Protecting Cross-Border Clean Water Programs

Earlier this month, President Obama introduced his 2016 budget proposal and, to no one’s surprise, Congressional Republicans dismissed most of it as “dead on arrival.” This year’s budget brawl will likely be over the President’s more controversial proposals: free community college, higher taxes on big corporations, and a massive increase […]

Double Take: Ukraine

Double Take: Ukraine

Blog post by: Michael Chacon Russia is currently in an economic tumble. The country’s stock market declined by 30% in the first 15 days of December 2014 as investors continued to drop their Russian assets like a bad habit. It’s annual inflation rate in November 2014 was at 9.1%. The ruble […]

Mexico’s International Role: Emerging power or failed state?

Blog post by: Ana Isabel Abad When the international media writes about Mexico it seems like an all or nothing scenario. The headlines in international media have ranged from Time’s February 2014 “Saving Mexico” cover to the Economist’s January 2015 op-ed “The Mexican Morass.” Despite domestic structural reforms and a […]

The US-Japan Alliance: Will It Last in the Future

Blog post by: Cheng Zhang The 1951 U.S.-Japan military alliance has been a historically controversial issue. The military alliance places Japan under the protection of American military umbrella in the Asia Pacific region. It assists to defend Japan, who had been forced to abandon its right to declare war after World […]

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria.

Double Take: ISIS

What role should the US play in countering ISIS and ensuring both regional and national security? Blog post by: Grace Mausser In mid-September, President Obama outlined the American plan for handling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (really, they want to expand throughout the whole Levant, but ISIS is […]

Hong Kong’s Struggle for Democracy

By: Leeann Ji After lending Hong Kong to Great Britain for more than 150 years, China has learned to not let the Western, big-boy nations play with its toys. 155 years under British control has deeply ingrained a Western, democratic mindset in Hong Kong’s society, yet Beijing refuses to accept […]

Double Take: Millennium Development Goals

What Comes After the Millennium Development Goals? Blog post by: Cole Ettingoff In 2000, as the world entered the new millennium, world leaders came together to determine a set of common goals the global community could rally around under the leadership of the United Nations. The product was seven Millennium Development […]

Ebola in the United States: An Epidemic of Fear

On January 18th, the Washington Post published an article on the nearly empty US Ebola treatment facilities in Liberia. For most of West Africa’s Ebola impacted nations, the worst appears to be over. With the benefit of hindsight, let us take a look at one our blogger’s views in October […]