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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Our Three Winners: Chapel Hill and a Galvanizing Moment

Muhammad Hudhud, JHU: University students, educated, American. Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were laid to rest this past Thursday. I tell myself that could have been me. Before their dubbed ‘execution-style’ killing, the three young individuals had loved their families, communities, country, and faith; they were very much […]

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The Conservative Cage Match: What Dissent Among Republicans Means for 2016

Liam Murphy, JHU: Fresh off a dominant performance in November’s midterm elections, Republican lawmakers would appear to be sitting pretty. After gaining a 54-seat majority in the Senate and widening its margin in the House, conservatives have secured for themselves the ability to push a legislative agenda through both chambers of Congress and curtail the […]

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ISIS and the Purpose of Brutality

Ashby Henningson, UMBC: Over the past several months, the world has been subjected to news of increasingly more inhuman acts by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). As a result, the terrorist movement has attained an arguably unprecedented infamy, both for the magnitude of their brutality and for their seeming flagrant boasting thereof. […]

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