A Look Back at Day 1 of the DNC

Anna Benham, JHU: Brimming with good cheer amid a sweltering and humid Philadelphia summer, the protesters surrounding City Hall seemed to be participants in a festival, rather than representatives of a sharp, self-destructive divide within the Democratic Party. One older woman, dressed in a tank and holding a DEMEXIT sign, described how she had survived […]

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How Western World Involvement Intensified the Crisis in Syria

Giana Dawod, JHU: Moscow’s decision earlier last week to end its combat mission in Syria fell on the grim 5th anniversary of the country’s conflict. What began as political protest spiraled into a civil war, sparking the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades, and spawning a new global terrorist threat. Starting as peaceful anti-government demonstrations, […]

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Transparency, Hostility, and Obama: Drone Warfare in Somalia and Beyond

Muhammad Hudhud, JHU: Earlier this month, the United States conducted one of the largest air strikes in its 13-year (and counting) involvement in Somalia. The Pentagon noted that both drones and manned aircraft were used to target an Al-Shabaab training camp in Raso, in the southern half of the coastal country. While the training camp […]

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GOP Needs to Govern, Not Obstruct

Alex Robledo, Georgetown University: Two weeks ago, the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shocked the nation. He was a divisive figure, to be sure. Known for his scathing dissents from the bench, Scalia was both loved and loathed for his tendency to never mince words. But even as a fiery defender of […]

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Scalia’s Replacement

Dana Ettinger, JHU: News of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death broke on Saturday, February 13th. Scalia, a Reagan appointee, was one of the most outspoken conservative justices on the highest court in the United States. His death leaves an empty spot on the court, something both political parties immediately seized on. Senate Majority Leader […]

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Geopolitics and the Invisible Battlefield of the Syrian War

Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Few armed conflicts occur within a vacuum in terms of their repercussions; when tensions between states or movements erupt, the political and strategic impacts often extend far beyond the borders of the countries immediately engaged. Few conflicts of the new millennium have demonstrated this as dramatically as the Syrian Civil War. Besides […]

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Justice Scalia’s Legacy

Jared Mayer, JHU: On Saturday, February 13th, Justice Antonin Scalia, senior associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, passed away. It came as a shock; the Justice was spending his weekend hunting on a Texas ranch – an activity in which ailing people generally do not partake – before he died in […]

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Retreating with our Rights: The Decline in Global Freedom

George Goodfriend, JHU: In the twenty-first century, Americans often take their personal liberties for granted. Over the past half-decade, the United States has made great strides in a multitude of social movements, including the legalization of same-sex marriage and the advancement of racial equality. Countries outside the western hemisphere can boast similar accomplishments. Taiwan, for […]

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