Saarah Javed, University of Maryland, College Park: Earlier this month, the installation of the new UN-backed Libyan government, the Government of National Accord (GNA), was off to a rocky start, with gunfire and death threats upon the arrival of the GNA Prime Minister in Tripoli. On December 17, 2015, the UN created the Government of […]Read more "The Shores of Tripoli: Transitioning From Gaddafi"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: In recent weeks, European leaders have come under intense scrutiny due to a plan that would send many Middle Eastern refugees back to Turkey. On April 4, the first phase of the deportation policy began when boats destined for Turkey left the ports of Greece carrying refugees . Policymakers in the European […]Read more "What Refugee Deportations from Europe Say about the Need for Strategic Vision"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Over the past several months, the refugee crisis stemming from the Middle East has reached unprecedented proportions. Europe and Turkey have been among those areas most affected by the overwhelming numbers of displaced persons, causing their leaders and citizens alike to struggle in determining the best response. However, this past week, European […]Read more "The E.U.-Turkey Refugee Deal: More Harm than Good?"
Ian Maddox, JHU: This February 2016, Luxembourg announced its plans to invest in asteroid mining with the help of Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources. The Grand Duchy hopes to mine near-Earth asteroids for valuable heavy metals (such as Platinum group metals), while also using extracted iron, tungsten, and nickel for in-orbit spacecraft manufacturing. Additionally, […]Read more "Asteroid Mining: The Emerging Cosmic Economy"
Grant Welby, JHU: What is today known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has a long, and almost unbelievably violent history. Its violent past has left an indelible mark on its present situation, and has resulted in the DRC being designated a “failed state.” The sad history of the state has been much […]Read more "The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Fixing a Failed State"
Lauren Meyer, Loyola University Maryland: The long-awaited report from the African Union regarding the abuses that transpired in South Sudan was released on Tuesday, October 27th, and its findings were extremely upsetting, though not entirely surprising. Since the conflict in South Sudan conflict erupted in 2013, the county has been filled with rampant violence, with […]Read more "Reports On South Sudan"
Guillermo Herrera, JHU: At face value, discovering that a comedian won Guatemala’s presidential election would seem almost fictitious. As Reuters would describe it, however, this shocking victory was indeed “no joke.” On October 25, Jimmy Morales, 46, was declared president after receiving nearly 70 percent of the runoff vote with zero political experience. Although Morales […]Read more "Guatemalan Election: Vote of Rejection, not Affirmation"
Gideon Gross, JHU: With leaders from around the world coming to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, few leaders attracted more headlines than the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas stated in his speech to the General Assembly, “We cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements […]Read more "Mahmoud Abbas and the United Nations"
Lauren Meyer, Loyola University: This week, the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York City to begin multilateral discussions on a multitude of issues, the most critical of which being the ongoing conflicts occurring in the Middle East, particularly in Syria. While leaders from around the world gathered to speak […]Read more "Contrasting Views: How Obama and Putin see the Syrian Civil War"