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"
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 […]Read more "Panama Papers: Beyond Legal"
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 […]Read more "This Time It’s Different"
McHenry Lee, JHU: The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia could not have come at a worse time for the Grand Old Party. With the slim conservative majority on the court suddenly gone, President Obama had the chance to alter the power dynamic of the judicial branch for the next generation. Congressional Republicans understandably feared the […]Read more "The GOP and Merrick Garland: Democracy or Obstructionism?"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: This election cycle has been unconventional, to say the least. A year ago, Hillary Clinton had a 45 point lead on her nearest competitor, Vice President Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders was an unknown socialist from Vermont who was polling at 4%. Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, had a narrow national lead […]Read more "The Downfall of Establishment Politics"
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 […]Read more "The Rise of the Right"
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"
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 […]Read more "Geopolitics and the Invisible Battlefield of the Syrian War"
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 […]Read more "Social Insecurity: The Solvency of America’s Favorite Entitlement Program"
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 […]Read more "The Compassion Gap: A Western World’s Disparate Reaction to Conflict"