Category: Blog

Dubious Decapitation: How Mullah Fazlullah’s Death Will Affect the Pakistani Taliban

by BEN SILVIAN, '20 At first glance, the U.S. military’s successful drone strike against Mullah Fazlullah, the head of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), on June 13 is a major success. Fazlullah, who had lead the militant group since 2013, was known to be a “particularly ruthless militant.”[i] He was responsible for ordering the 2012 attack ...

In Defense of Development – A Response to “The Case for Unconditional Aid”

The following piece is a response to a recent blog post by staff contributor Ben Silvian. by JAKOB URDA, '19, and ZACHARY LEMONIDES, '19 In his recent piece, ‘The Case for Unconditional Aid,’ Ben Silvian claims that “the problem is that structural adjustment programs are unequivocally bad”— but history rarely speaks in such absolutes. The ...

Quad 2.0: Malabar 2018 and Beyond

by PALLAVI GEETHIKA, University of Chicago '21 This April, the Australian Defence Ministry confirmed that Australia will not join India, Japan, and the United States in the upcoming Malabar naval exercises scheduled to take place near Guam.[1] Collectively called ‘Exercise Malabar’, these drills began in 1992 as annual bilateral naval exercises between India and the ...

The Case for Unconditional Aid: Why the IMF and World Bank Should be Structurally Adjusted

by BEN SILVIAN, University of Chicago '20 The two largest global financial institutions, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, impose strong conditions on their loans, and they have since their inception. This system, known as the Washington Consensus (WC), has long required that a country go through “structural adjustment” in order to receive ...

Cheerleading won’t end the Korean crisis

by JOSH ZAKHAROV The New Year was marked by a surprising overture to peace in a region characterized mostly by crisis and brinkmanship over the last year. Drawing support from Russia, China, and the United States in a way that previous efforts have failed to, January’s agreement between the North and the South to sit ...