Panama Papers: Beyond Legal

Guillermo Herrera, JHU: In 2015, an anonymous source began providing the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung with confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca, the fourth largest offshore law firm based in Panama. As the files accumulated, Süddeutsche Zeitung chose to share the leak with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). By the time the data peaked […]

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This Time It’s Different

George Gulino, JHU: “The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.’ ”  -Sir John Templeton Replace the word ‘investing’ with ‘economic policy’, and the saying still holds true. “This time it’s different” should be the motto of those voices still calling for deeper and more prolonged expansionary monetary policy. They bemoan […]

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The Rise of the Right

Alex Fine, JHU: As establishment Republicans come to terms with the very real possibility that the authoritarian, populist, and pseudo-fascist Donald Trump will be their party’s nominee for the 2016 presidential election, many in the United States are struggling to explain how such a brash and divisive figure was able to gain traction in their […]

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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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Social Insecurity: The Solvency of America’s Favorite Entitlement Program

McHenry Lee, JHU: Formally known as Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program (OASDI), Social Security has been an unmitigated success for eight decades. It has lifted millions of seniors out of poverty and has provided an economic safety net for America’s retired community by creating social insurance. However, current economic and demographic trends threaten […]

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The Compassion Gap: A Western World’s Disparate Reaction to Conflict

Anna Quinn, Loyola University Maryland: About two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The bill, which is currently being debated in the Senate, prevents Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until they undergo a more rigorous vetting process—the most stringent ever required […]

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