Posted in The Compass

Questionable American Airstrikes in Syria

On September 17th, 2016, the United States made a fatal mistake, carrying out an airstrike on Syrian government troops that…

Posted in The Compass

Tensions remain high in France following this summer’s burkini ban

A new aspect of Islamic life is under attack in France following recent acts of terror – the burkini. Often…

Posted in The Compass

What the 2016 LegCo elections mean for Hong Kong

The last time I discussed the political situation of Hong Kong a few months ago, I predicted that the Hong Kong Legislative…

Posted in The Compass

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…

Posted in The Compass

The Reduction in Arctic Ice Cover Strains Naval Forces and Poses Security Threats

Violent extremism in the Middle East. A smoldering cauldron in the South China Sea. Civil war in Syria. Russian aggression….

Posted in The Compass

What Does Islam Karimov’s Death Mean For Uzbekistan and Central Asia?

Central Asia’s largest country by population, Uzbekistan, is currently going through its most crucial leadership transition in recent history. On…

Posted in The Compass

A Plea for Justice: A Conversation with a Kurdish Refugee

Nearly every day the news is awash with the unrest in Turkey and the instability that has crippled the region….

Posted in The Compass

On The Current South African Political Crisis and the Failure to Fully Eradicate Apartheid

  The year was 1994, and the Apartheid regime had finally been replaced by majority rule. With it, the highly…

Posted in The Compass

ODA and Corruption: Vietnam’s Development Scheme Walks a Thin Line

Japan’s postwar foreign policy has been structured around its Official Development Assistance (ODA) program, proactive measures designed to improve human…

Posted in The Compass

Europe’s Transnational Security Shortcomings

The terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22 has brought the European security complex under increased scrutiny for alleged shortfalls,…

Posted in The Compass

The Power and Politics of “Almost”

On April 14th, 2016, a Russian Su-27 jet crashed into a RC-135 US aircraft. Presidents Obama and Putin – after…

Posted in The Compass

The Struggle to Rebuild Healthcare Services in Post-Ebola Liberia

At the height of the Ebola crisis in September 2014, Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease…

Posted in The Compass

Bernie’s World: The Oversimplification of Israel

Even as a young Republican, I have to appreciate the world from Bernie Sanders’ point of view. In Bernie’s world,…

Posted in The Compass

Making Sense of the Panama Papers

What has emerged from the release of the Panama Papers, a phrase that now seems to overshadow WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden,…

Posted in Event Report The Compass

Regional Integration: Emerging Opportunities in East Africa

In a visit hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs on Monday, Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation…

Posted in The Compass

The Rise of the Far-Right in Europe

  “We are ready to open the ovens. We will turn them into soap… to wash cars and pavements. We…

Posted in The Compass

Are we nearing another housing bubble?

The short answer is no. Most people who sat through two and a half hours of The Big Short were…

Posted in The Compass

Will the Umbrella Revolution Return? Probably.

In 2014, when the Chinese Communist party announced that it would require preapproval of candidates for Hong Kong’s highest office…

Posted in The Compass

Playing with Fire: China’s Balancing Act between Discipline and Control

“Catching Tigers and Swatting Flies” is a popular nickname for the anti-corruption program instituted by current president of China and…

Posted in The Compass

Amazonian Oil Spills: Corporate Neglect and Social Responsibility

A break in Peru’s main oil pipeline has been spilling oil into a river in the Peruvian Amazon since late…

Posted in The Compass

Avoiding a “Lost Generation” of Syrians

The Syrian refugee crisis needs no introduction. Since the start of the conflict in 2011, an estimated 11 million people…

Posted in The Compass

Trouble in Thailand: Political Conflict Shakes the Tightrope of Democracy

The May 2014 coup d’etat in Thailand was the culmination of nearly a year of continued political crises, marked by…

Posted in The Compass

Conflict Over the Kurds: The United States and Turkey

U.S. policymakers across the political spectrum have recognized that to effectively combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS),…

Posted in The Compass

France and ISIS: The Russian problem

“I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone” is my favorite line from the famous French…

Posted in Event Report The Compass

Germany’s Foreign Minister Calls for More Trans-Atlantic Cooperation, Condemns Politics of Fear

In a visit hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs on Tuesday, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank Walter…

Posted in The Compass

“Brexit” a bad move

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently set June 23 as the date for the highly-anticipated referendum to decide the future of…

Posted in The Compass

Bleak Predictions at the 2016 Munich Security Conference

The 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) has come to an end and has left the world with a litany of…

Posted in The Compass

Renewed Hope – and Old Challenges – for Indo-Pakistani Cooperation

Recent developments in Indian and Pakistani relations may provide cause for cautious optimism. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made history…

Aung San Suu Kyi at National League for Democracy raly
Posted in The Compass

Myanmar’s Transition: NLD Enters Uncharted Waters

The sidewalks of the city of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, serve as a perfect metaphor for the problems the country…

Posted in The Compass

Why We Can’t Call it Radical Islamic Terrorism

In light of the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, the discussion surrounding the term radical Islamic terrorism has…

Posted in The Compass

The Fight Against ISIS: Redefining the Traditional Coalition

By Rachel Furlow With the global community still reeling over the recent Daesh (ISIS) attacks on Paris, Beirut and Baghdad,…

Posted in The Compass

Time to Ditch First-Past-the-Post Voting

By Conor McGrath Last month, Canada’s Liberal Party swept to electoral victory, ending Stephan Harper’s 9 year-long Premiership. The Liberal’s…

Posted in The Compass

Would you like to cancel your reservation? Influencing Chinese economic policy

By Sydney Erhardt At the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama is opting not to stay at his usual hotel….

Posted in The Compass

The United States and the Refugee Crisis: A Promising Start

By Conor McGrath   Just over a week after the world awakened to images of Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body splashed…

Posted in The Compass

Analyzing the Iran Deal

If you bat one eye at CNN, Fox, or any major news network, you know the current hot debate is…

Posted in The Compass

The Yemen Crisis and American Grand Strategy

Saudi Arabia has begun an aggressive airstrike campaign to combat the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels by controlling the Yemeni skies and…

Posted in The Compass

Corruption in Brazil forces accountability

Corruption in Brazil – In recent weeks, corruption scandals have rocked the political landscape in Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity…

Posted in The Compass

100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide: A Look into the Future of The Armenian-Turkish Relations

April 24th marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A century later, the genocide remains controversial as Turkey and Armenia disagree on the events of…

Posted in The Compass

US-Cuba Relations: Why the Embargo Had to Leave & What Comes Next

Blog post by: Christian Martinez Lopez December 17th 2014 will remain permanently engraved in diplomatic history as the day when…

Posted in The Compass

The Greek Economy: Examining the Current Situation & the Potential for Growth

Blog post by: Konstantine Kosmidis On Tuesday March 31st, I had the honor to attend a seminar hosted by the International…

Posted in The Compass

Is Athens burning? Reflections on a Divided Europe

Blog post by: Sam Kramer January’s elections in Greece left no uncertainty as to the popular opinion there. Far-left, anti-Euro…

Posted in Double Take The Compass

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…

Posted in The Compass

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…

Posted in Double Take The Compass

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…

Posted in The Compass

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…

Posted in The Compass

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…

Photo of ISIS fighters in Raqqa, Syria
Posted in Double Take The Compass

Double Take: ISIS

What role should the US play in countering ISIS and ensuring both regional and national security? Blog post by: Grace Mausser…

Posted in The Compass

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…

Posted in The Compass

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,…

Posted in The Compass

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…