Isaac Jennings, Goucher College: Following Likud and Benyamin Netanyahu’s recent overwhelming victory in win of the Israeli parliamentary elections, it has become increasingly apparent that Netanyahu intends to live completely in the past. During the election, Netanyahu stated that there would be no Palestinian state under his watch, but after securing victory, he quickly retracted […]Read more "Netanyahu Decides to Live in the Past"
Dana Ettinger, JHU: Perhaps it’s because we’ve become so accustomed to hearing about gridlock in Congress, but when I hear about anything with bipartisan support I tend to root for it, regardless of content. When it’s something genuinely good, with real potential to help people, all the better. And of course, when partisanship ultimately sinks […]Read more "Between Politics and Productivity, Republicans Choose Politics"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: In recent weeks, Egypt’s government under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has revealed a modernized, economically driven vision for the country’s future. A concerted efforts to propel economic growth has gripped the nation’s headlines. Even as citizens across the country grapple with government plans to construct a new national capital, their leaders are […]Read more "Al-Sisi’s Development Strategy: Real Improvement or False Promise?"
Will Anderson, JHU: Driving through my hometown, I often see a bustling Citgo gas station full of customers. Citgo, with the slogan “Fueling good,” has created multiple ad campaigns featuring smiling, healthy Americans and extolling the virtues of locally-owned, community-focused Citgo gas stations. In other ads former U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy (D-MA), who runs a […]Read more "The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Hidden Grasp on American Politics"
Nick Clyde, JHU: Since Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican Senators signed an open letter to the Iranian leadership last week claiming that any agreements on their nuclear policy would be nullified by the next president, commentators have denounced the move as a blunder. Some have even called it illegal and unconstitutional. Although a few […]Read more "The Cotton Doctrine is Unsustainable"
Muhammad Hudhud, JHU: Before Tuesday, one might have thought that the Joint Arab List had the potential to become the leading opposition bloc in the Knesset, assuming MK Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union joined the PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud coalition, or vice versa. Herzog however, has ruled out that possibility, as he announced that he will […]Read more "Contextualizing the Unified Joint Arab List in Israel and Palestine"
Omar Khatib, JHU: A nuclear Iran. The blocking of this exact concept has been at the forefront of American foreign policy in recent years, and the threat of this is why the United States has been and still is at the head of the negotiating table for a nuclear deal. On March 9th of this […]Read more "The Iran Nuclear Deal and Republican Obstructionism"