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 […]Read more "Time to Get Tough on China"
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 […]Read more "Trouble on Mount Sinjar"
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 […]Read more "China: An Ugly Ending, or Scene"
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 […]Read more "Democratic Rising Stars"
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 […]Read more "Since The Election"
Adam Bryla, Baruch College: JFK once said, “Domestic policy may defeat us, but it is foreign policy that can actually kill us.” At the end of January, President Trump signed an executive order banning aliens from seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. The executive order was met with intense protests […]Read more "President Trump’s Ban on Aliens from Several Countries"
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 […]Read more "Restoring Democracy"
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 […]Read more "Out of the Frying Pan: Êzîdî Genocide Survivors in Iraqi Kurdistan"
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 […]Read more "A Prayer to Circling Birds"
J. Otis Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war increased over the past week with the addition of the Admiral Kuznetsov, its only aircraft carrier, to its fleet in the eastern Mediterranean. Russia conducted a series of airstrikes and ship-based missile strikes against rebel groups in Syria in preparation for a major ground offensive […]Read more "All Eyes on the Next Secretary of State"