Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: In recent weeks, European leaders have come under intense scrutiny due to a plan that would send many Middle Eastern refugees back to Turkey. On April 4, the first phase of the deportation policy began when boats destined for Turkey left the ports of Greece carrying refugees . Policymakers in the European […]Read more "What Refugee Deportations from Europe Say about the Need for Strategic Vision"
Guillermo Herrera, JHU: In 2015, an anonymous source began providing the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung with confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca, the fourth largest offshore law firm based in Panama. As the files accumulated, Süddeutsche Zeitung chose to share the leak with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). By the time the data peaked […]Read more "Panama Papers: Beyond Legal"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: This year, an extraordinarily rare moment in American politics may be actualized: a brokered convention. A brokered convention is a situation in which no single candidate has secured a majority of delegates. The last election cycle with a truly open convention was the 1920 Republican National Convention. In that convention, there were […]Read more "Brokered Convention"
George Gulino, JHU: “The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.’ ” -Sir John Templeton Replace the word ‘investing’ with ‘economic policy’, and the saying still holds true. “This time it’s different” should be the motto of those voices still calling for deeper and more prolonged expansionary monetary policy. They bemoan […]Read more "This Time It’s Different"
Matthew Petti, JHU: The roadmap to peace is now littered with detours. The international ceasefire agreement on Syria, which took effect in February, seems to have broken down completely. For a brief moment it seemed that a political solution to the war was in the works, but hopes of that have all but been dashed. […]Read more "Ceasefire in Syria: A Post-Mortem Report"