The Compass

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 […]

Cybersecurity: An Urgent Need for Action and Awareness

Cybersecurity: An Urgent Need for Action and Awareness

Last October was National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which ironically came on the heels of a vast Internet breach in September – although few probably know about either event and perhaps even fewer care. The attack was launched through what has been estimated to be nearly a million infected security cameras […]

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and President Raul Castro (L) of Cuba shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the United Nations Headquarters on September 29, 2015 in New York City.  Castro and Obama are in New York City to attend the 70th anniversary general assembly meetings. (Photo by Anthony Behar-Pool/Getty Images)

Avoiding a Cuban Relapse

Every year since 1991, the United States has voted in favor of the sanctions that it imposed on Cuba . On October 26, the United States abstained from the annual UN General Assembly vote condemning the U.S. embargo on Cuba. While the nation’s abstention does not display definitive solidarity with […]

Why a War in the Baltics is Unlikely

Why a War in the Baltics is Unlikely

With the geopolitical situation between the Russian Federation and the United States becoming increasingly belligerent, some American and European leaders have grown concerned. In both the U.S. and the European Union, attention in some circles have turned to the Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Having been occupied by […]

The Maldives:  Tropical Haven or Human-Rights Hell

The Maldives: Tropical Haven or Human-Rights Hell

The Maldives are a picturesque, tropical paradise. The lush archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean and is considered by many to be the ultimate vacation destination. The Maldivian Ministry of Tourism, fully cognizant of the importance of tourism to the national economy, lures visitors with the promise that the […]