Theodore Kupfer, JHU: Pope Francis made waves this week. The Pope whose public statements have endeared him to a swath of Americans not given to lavish praise of Catholicism while producing skepticism in others more accustomed to admiring Vatican outlooks, gave his address in the middle of a multi-city tour of the United States. His […]Read more "Papal Priorities"
William Theodorou, JHU: In January, the Greek people cheered as their newly elected Prime Minister spoke of his intentions to end austerity and bring “dignity” back to his people. On August 20, 2015, only seven months into his heralded first term, he resigned. His resignation came after a summer riddled with administrative incompetency, a moot […]Read more "The Disenchantment"
Grant Welby, JHU: Chapter 2, Article 9 “The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.” It was in these solemn terms on May 3, 1947 that the government and people of Japan swore off ever fighting another […]Read more "The Return of The Rising Sun?"
Alex Sadler, JHU: Argentina is not new to political uncertainty. The soccer-crazed, meat-loving country has faced countless military coups and has historically fluctuated between populism and right-wing dictatorship. Today, democratically stable Argentina meets a different challenge. With a troubling economy and a polarizing president, Argentina faces a presidential election next month. Daniel Scioli, current governor […]Read more "Uncertainty Looms as Argentinian Elections Near"
Alex Robledo, Georgetown: Many political pundits have argued that Carly Fiorina won the second GOP debate. They’re right—though it depends on how you define “won.” If we are talking purely presentation and delivery, I would absolutely agree: Carly Fiorina commanded the stage that night. She made the popular remarks eloquently, eliciting thunderous applause from the […]Read more "Republicans Need Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy"
Eli Wallach, JHU SAIS Nanjing: This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States. During this visit, he stopped in both Seattle and Washington D.C. to meet with some of America’s highest government and business personnel. While the tour kept a festive tone, filled with promises for cooperation and […]Read more "Xi Jinping and China’s Geopolitical Rise"