Ian Maddox, JHU: This February 2016, Luxembourg announced its plans to invest in asteroid mining with the help of Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources. The Grand Duchy hopes to mine near-Earth asteroids for valuable heavy metals (such as Platinum group metals), while also using extracted iron, tungsten, and nickel for in-orbit spacecraft manufacturing. Additionally, […]Read more "Asteroid Mining: The Emerging Cosmic Economy"
Alex Sadler, JHU: For the first time in 10 years, Bolivia faces a new problem: uncertainty. Last week, Bolivians voted to change the Constitution in order to allow popular president Evo Morales to extend his term from 2020 to 2025. Morales, who has already been in power since 2006, conceded defeat last Wednesday, waiting until […]Read more "The End of an Era: What Evo Morales’s Referendum Loss Means for Bolivia"
Lorenzo Cico, JHU: As the clock winds down on Obama’s presidency, many wonder how his presidency will be remembered. Although it’s certainly early to make a final judgment on his foreign policy, there is enough material to both reflect back and predict the years to come. So far President Obama can take credit for the […]Read more "Why Cuba (and the rest of the Americas) still matters"
Alex Robledo, Georgetown University: Two weeks ago, the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shocked the nation. He was a divisive figure, to be sure. Known for his scathing dissents from the bench, Scalia was both loved and loathed for his tendency to never mince words. But even as a fiery defender of […]Read more "GOP Needs to Govern, Not Obstruct"
Guillermo Herrera, JHU: Back in July 2015 when Donald Trump announced his candidacy, many assumed it would be a short-lived comic relief from the intensity of a presidential race, particularly because of his outlandish, discriminatory comments and bombastic persona. Today, however, with a firm lead in the Republican primaries, Trump has proved his resilience to […]Read more "Trump is Not Simply a Nightmare that America Will Awake From and Forget"