Time to Get Tough on China

Tullius: It is time for the United States government to take a stronger stance on China. The Republican Party is back in control of the federal government. It traditionally supports American business and confident, assertive foreign policy. Republicans maligned the Obama administration for years for orchestrating a retreat of U.S. influence globally while apologizing profusely […]

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Trouble on Mount Sinjar

Matthew Petti, Columbia: A seemingly minor conflict in a remote area on the Iraq-Syria border is threatening the stability of the entire Middle East. Although the threat of ISIS has passed, the scars of genocide continue to haunt Mount Sinjar, and pre-existing grudges have come back with a vengeance. A dispute between the Sinjar Resistance […]

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China: An Ugly Ending, or Scene

Michael Gentile, Johns Hopkins University A gambler that owes two years’ salary, Chinese corporate debt has doubled its GDP.  Since the Great Recession, the Chinese government has forgiven and assumed stakes in its largest and most indebted, today known as State Owned Enterprises.  As such, these SOE’s have survived to play again and, in the […]

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Democratic Rising Stars

Richard Elliott, UMBC: Until recently, it was thought that the Republicans had most of the rising stars in our political landscape. The Young Guns: current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Even Ted Cruz. But […]

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Since The Election

Julia Byrne, UMBC: Since the election, the white working class has been receiving a great deal of attention from liberals, who feel like they’ve let these voters down and need to work harder for them. However, pandering to Donald’s voter base isn’t a smart political strategy. It ignores the core of the resistance against the […]

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Restoring Democracy

Richard D. Elliott, UMBC: This primary season has showcased the best and worst of American politics. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have both electrified the political scene by bringing disaffected voters back into the political arena. Granted, Sanders’ progressive revolution and Trump’s authoritarian populism are far cries from one another, but they have shown that […]

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Out of the Frying Pan: Êzîdî Genocide Survivors in Iraqi Kurdistan

Matthew Petti, Columbia University: On December 4, Human Rights Watch published a disturbing report on the treatment of Êzîdî genocide survivors by the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government. The police forces of the KRG are enforcing a blockade on Mount Sinjar, an Êzîdî-majority region that was devastated by ISIS, for political reasons, preventing the return […]

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A Prayer to Circling Birds

Michael Gentile, Johns Hopkins University: An evergreening dollar, a fragile oil agreement, and a constriction of economic options has brought upon a bill-collecting opportunity for Venezuela’s creditors.  On pace for 368% inflation by year’s end, Venezuela will begin 2017 with $15 billion of debt staring down a measly $10.9 billion in foreign reserves.  Their odds […]

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