Mr. Trump’s Court

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 […]

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Reshuffling the House of Cards: An Early look at a Trump Presidency

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 […]

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Taiwanese Elections 2016: The Future of Cross-Strait Relations

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 […]

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The Dangers of Liberal America

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 […]

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Libya: Crisis, Failed Statehood, & the Shortcomings of Intervention

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 […]

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A Man, A Plan, A Canal… Nicaragua? China’s Poor Prospects in the Region

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 […]

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Flintlock and the ‘Soft’ American Pivot to Africa

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 […]

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