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"
Adam Bryla, Baruch College: The U.S. presidential election has finally come to a long and awaited end, and Donald J. Trump is the last man standing. As many have heard from the media’s rhetoric this past week, the results of this election will have many implications in the U.S. and around the world. One of […]Read more "Mr. Trump’s Court"
McHenry Lee, Johns Hopkins University During 18 months of a tumultuous and controversial election season, President-elect Trump shattered almost every preconceived notion about politics. The New York billionaire infamously insulted war heroes, gold star families, disabled Americans, Latinos, and was even caught on video bragging about sexual assault, any of which would’ve doomed a normal […]Read more "Reshuffling the House of Cards: An Early look at a Trump Presidency"
Tim Shieh, JHU: On January 16th, Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen to become the first-ever female president to lead the island nation. Tsai, the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won in a landslide, garnering over 56% of total votes compared to 31% for the governing Kuomintang’s (KMT) candidate Eric Chu. The election follows […]Read more "Taiwanese Elections 2016: The Future of Cross-Strait Relations"
Dana Busgang, Goucher College: A few days after Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012, BuzzfeedNews posted an article titled, “Welcome to Liberal America.” The article not only celebrated Obama’s re-election, but the triumph of a democratic senate, as well as a social shift to the left. “But the 2012 election marked a cultural shift as much […]Read more "The Dangers of Liberal America"
Logan Bronson, JHU: Recently restored relations between the US and Cuba imply progress has been made on a Cold War policy that lingered far too long into the “post-Cold War” world. Indeed, on December 17, 2014 the New York Times published an article online titled “U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Eliminating Last Trace […]Read more "American Soft Power: A Different Concern for Cuba"
Giana Dawod, JHU: Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh unwillingly shared his last moments with the world last week, as the merciless terrorist group, ISIL, revoltingly broadcasted his inhumane death for all to see. The final image of Moath gripping the iron cage has left a crippling imprint on my heart, while his courage […]Read more "Filling in the Gaps: What the Media Chooses Not to Tell Us"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Since former despot Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster in 2011, governance and social stability within Libya have devolved to deeply disconcerting levels. The country remains afflicted by ineffectual administration, economic stagnation, and civil conflict between extremist groups. Events in recent days have shown the overall disarray in which Libyan citizens find their country. Egyptian […]Read more "Libya: Crisis, Failed Statehood, & the Shortcomings of Intervention"
Andrew Karns, JHU: Nicaragua closed up the year 2014 with the launch of construction on their new 172-mile canal. The inter-oceanic Nicaragua Canal, which is planned to be larger, deeper, and consequently more competitive than the longstanding Panama Canal, will commence at the city of Punta Gorda on the Caribbean coast, open into the massive […]Read more "A Man, A Plan, A Canal… Nicaragua? China’s Poor Prospects in the Region"
William Harris, Goucher College: On February 16th 2015, US troops entered the Chadian capital of N’Djamena under scorching 100 degree heat. Their arrival signaled the commencement of the 2015 Flintlock exercise, a military training exercise between the US, African, and other Western armies. Flintlock’s goal is to enhance cooperation and communication for special operations in […]Read more "Flintlock and the ‘Soft’ American Pivot to Africa"