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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 faces. The cement pavers are cracked and crumbling, and often jut out at such extreme angles that it would be easier to walk if they hadn’t attempted to build a […]

Why We Can’t Call it Radical Islamic Terrorism

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 been enlivened with a newfound sense of urgency. In the November 14th Democratic debate, the candidates were asked point blank whether they would describe the War on Terror as a […]

Time to Ditch First-Past-the-Post Voting

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 victory garnered the party an impressive 184 seats, enough to form a Parliamentary majority with Justin Trudeau at the helm. However, a majority of Canadians did not vote for Trudeau’s […]

Terrorism in Southeast Asia: Jemaah Islamiyah

Terrorism in Southeast Asia: Jemaah Islamiyah

By: Chris Stillwell ‘15 The Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) is the largest terrorist organization in Indonesia, and is also active in other Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. The organization uses terrorism to promote an extreme Islamic agenda and has links to Al Qaeda. JI has been linked […]

A map of the country's involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Double Take: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

The TPP and National Sovereignty By Eric Teller After years of haranguing between high-level representatives of twelve nations, vigorous debate in congress, and impassioned resistance from advocates in the labor and environmental movements, the negotiations to establish the Trans-Pacific Partnership have come to a close. All that remains is for […]

The United States and the Refugee Crisis: A Promising Start

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 across newspaper front-pages, the Obama Administration announced that it will accept 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, twice the amount the United States had already pledged to take. Finally, it seems, […]

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Analyzing the Iran Deal

If you bat one eye at CNN, Fox, or any major news network, you know the current hot debate is whether Congress should accept or reject the recent nonproliferation treaty between Iran and the P5+1, a group of six countries that joined together in 2006 to start diplomatic efforts on […]

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 coast. Is there a role for more international intervention to defuse the situation? Should the United States step in on the side of its ally, Saudi Arabia? Blog post by: Conor […]

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 has plummeted thanks to the Petrobras scandal, and now a multimillion dollar scheme involving over 70 companies bribing tax officials is making headlines. Will this be a wakeup call for […]

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Double Take: Iranian Nuclear Deal

Problems with the Iranian Nuclear Deal  Blog post by: Edward Rickford The proposed nuclear deal with Iran may just be the most important development of the decade, but it may also be on the verge of collapsing. When looking at the deal and all its supporters, its easy to see […]

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 1915. Armenia and twenty countries around the world, many with active Armenian diaspora communities, recognize the genocide took place. Turkey’s official position is that forced migrations throughout the region resulted in the deaths of […]

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 Syriza won 48% of the seats, one of the biggest margins since democracy’s return in 1976. Berlin and Brussels are concerned for the rest of the Eurozone. Greece, saddled with […]

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 […]