Giana Dawod, JHU: Moscow’s decision earlier last week to end its combat mission in Syria fell on the grim 5th anniversary of the country’s conflict. What began as political protest spiraled into a civil war, sparking the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades, and spawning a new global terrorist threat. Starting as peaceful anti-government demonstrations, […]Read more "How Western World Involvement Intensified the Crisis in Syria"
McHenry Lee, JHU: The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia could not have come at a worse time for the Grand Old Party. With the slim conservative majority on the court suddenly gone, President Obama had the chance to alter the power dynamic of the judicial branch for the next generation. Congressional Republicans understandably feared the […]Read more "The GOP and Merrick Garland: Democracy or Obstructionism?"
Alex Sadler, JHU: Last week, Barack Obama made a historic visit to Cuba, becoming the first sitting president to visit the island nation in almost 90 years. Garnering less attention than the Cuba visit, the Obamas left Cuba on Tuesday night to visit Argentina. This was Mr. Obama’s first visit to Argentina during his presidency. […]Read more "Obama’s Visit to Argentina and What it Says About U.S. Foreign Policy"
Grant Welby, JHU: The political party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) came into being in 2013 as a Eurosceptic party of comprised of disgruntled highly educated German professionals. The founder, Bernd Lucke, was a Macroeconomics professor at the University of Hamburg diametrically opposed to the adoption of the Euro as the common currency of Europe and […]Read more "Alternative für Deutschland: The Right Populism Challenging Angela Merkel’s alternativlos paradigm"
Matthew Petti, JHU: 2014 has been a year of miracles for American politics. An election that could very well have been Bush-Clinton, a clash of Establishment families, turned out to be much more interesting. An arduous primary season has narrowed the race down to five candidates, with the addition possibility of a third-party campaign by […]Read more "What I Saw at an Anti-Trump Rally"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: This election cycle has been unconventional, to say the least. A year ago, Hillary Clinton had a 45 point lead on her nearest competitor, Vice President Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders was an unknown socialist from Vermont who was polling at 4%. Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, had a narrow national lead […]Read more "The Downfall of Establishment Politics"