Lorenzo Cico, JHU: After a first month of apparent success, it seems Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military forces have succumbed to the difficulty of deployed operations. Since September 30, Russian air force jets flying from the Latakia air base have been conducting air strikes in support of Syrian government forces. On October 8, Russia warships […]Read more "Russia’s Jets are Breaking Down in Syria – What Now?"
Elizabeth Gudgel, JHU: In his historic visit to the United States last month, Pope Francis remarked the following to the United Nations General Assembly: “The ecological crisis, and the large-scale destruction of biodiversity, can threaten the very existence of the human species. The baneful consequences of an irresponsible mismanagement of the global economy, guided only […]Read more "The Vatican and Climate Change"
Guillermo Herrera, JHU: At face value, discovering that a comedian won Guatemala’s presidential election would seem almost fictitious. As Reuters would describe it, however, this shocking victory was indeed “no joke.” On October 25, Jimmy Morales, 46, was declared president after receiving nearly 70 percent of the runoff vote with zero political experience. Although Morales […]Read more "Guatemalan Election: Vote of Rejection, not Affirmation"
Keely Herring, JHU: At the fall event of JHU Forums on Race in America, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles Blow was as deep, thought-provoking, and full-of-heart in discussing race and racism in America as his extensive body of literary work would have you believe. On October 28th, Blow, who writes a biweekly column about […]Read more "At JHU Forums on Race in America Event, NYT Columnist Charles Blow Discusses Racism and Systems Failure in the US Today"
Grant Welby, JHU: In the dark, turbulent and unpredictable fight against ISIS, a bright spot appears on the horizon: the perseverance and inspiring courage of the Kurds. Against overwhelming odds in places like Kobani and Tel Abyad, the Kurds have succeeded where so many others, including the Free Syrian Army, and Iraqi Government, have lost […]Read more "A Snapshot in Time: The Kurdish Struggle and National Ambitions"
Ian Churchill, University of Maryland: When business mogul Donald J. Trump shot to the top of the field of candidates seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for President this summer, it seemed as though Mr. Trump was the only person in America not taken by surprise. Appearing to survive solely by insulting his opponents, Mr. Trump […]Read more "Donald Trump: Candidate or Character?"