Paternity Leave: Why it’s Simple Market Economics

Author: Omar Khatib, Johns Hopkins _______________________________________________________________ Growth in the labor force is one of the key factors in a nation’s potential economic expansion, and a crucial part of that labor force is women. If a higher labor force participation rate is a significant determinant of economic growth, why are governments, specifically the United States’, not […]

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Abdel Fattah El-Sisi: The New Face of Progress?

Author: Muhammad Hudhud, Johns Hopkins ______________________________________________________________ “I salute the thousands of Egyptians who came from Egypt, who came from parts of the United States who are present here to say that the new Egypt is coming…I salute the people of Egypt that made history twice over the past 3 years,” declared a confident, grinning Abdel-Fattah […]

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Hong Kong: A Region and its Struggle for Democracy

Author: Lauren Meyer, Loyola University _______________________________________________________________ The images are astounding: throngs of people, tens of thousands of citizens, lined up throughout the streets rallying for their voice to be heard. Violence has not ensued; rather demonstrations are taking place in the form of a civil disobedience movement, as protestors remain restrained, though confronted with tear […]

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There and Back Again: Advisory Intervention Revisited

Author: David Ng, Goucher College _______________________________________________________________ Following the crushing defeat of a close ally’s forces at the hands of increasingly powerful insurgents, the United States sent a small contingent of advisers to bolster indigenous forces. As the conflict intensified, US and local allied forces increasingly relied on US air superiority to hold back the advance […]

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Women of the United Arab Emirates: Educated Equals, Social Subordinates

Author: Anna Quinn, Loyola University  _______________________________________________________________ A fleet of Block 60 Model American-built F-16 fighter jets took off from the United Arab Emirates on the night of September 22nd, headed for Syria. In one of the first missions carried out by the US-led coalition of Arab states against the ISIS, these jets were on their […]

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The Outlaw Sheriff: A Closer Look at Mexico’s Domestic Security through its Vigilante Groups

Author: Andrew Karns, Johns Hopkins  _______________________________________________________________ Picture driving through a highway in the southern Mexican state of Michoacán, rolling over steamy fields of low trees dotted with an occasional palm tree. Hours lull by as the landscape, bathing under the bleary sun, offers no change in scenery, and the monotony of road trip is eased only by […]

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Finally, Democracy in Fiji: A Window for the United States and its Allies

Author: Abigail Sia, Johns Hopkins _______________________________________________________________ On September 17, 2014, the number of remaining military dictatorships in the Asia-Pacific region decreased from three to two. North Korea and Thailand still remain under military regimes, and the country that successfully shed its military dictatorship is, perhaps surprisingly, a tiny Pacific island nation – Fiji. Yet this […]

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