Category: Regions

Reactions to Extreme Symbolic Terrorism: the Cases of ISIS and al-Qaeda

by HUGO BARRILLON, '21 All terrorist attacks are not created equal. Some terror attacks bring about global campaigns against terror organizations, while others just bring about localized, national punishment within a judicial system. The 9/11 attacks and the 2014 ISIS beheadings brought about incredibly strong reactions from the victim country whereas events such as the ...

Authoritarianism and Suicide Terrorism

by JORDANNA YOCHAI, '21 All suicide attack data is the intellectual property of the Chicago Project on Security & Threats (CPOST) and was accessed with the permission of Director Robert Pape. Introduction Suicide terrorism is a complex and, unfortunately, global phenomenon, whose incidence has only increased over time. In light of this, both academics and ...

A New Solution to Heal NATO’s Transatlantic Divide

by JAKOB URDA, '19 and ADAM CHAN, '19 NATO is in a crisis moment. Critics from both sides of the Atlantic and all sides of the political debate are doubting NATO’s purpose. The transatlantic relationship is fraying as America and Europe are apparently moving away from each other on policy. Current American demands that European ...

Who Decides when Britain Goes to War? The War Prerogative in the United Kingdom

by GWYNETH HOCHHAUSLER, '20 Traditionally, the British Parliament holds far fewer foreign policy powers than the Prime Minister does.[1] One of the most important of these powers, which the executive has controlled for hundreds of years, is the war prerogative – the power “to declare war and deploy the armed forces”.[2]  Some academics have asserted ...

A New Challenger Approaches the INF Arena

by JOSHUA ZAKHAROV, '20 On February 1st, the Trump administration formally withdrew the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The next day, Putin pulled Russia out of the INF Treaty as well, inflaming apparent tensions between the two countries and leading to a compelling popular narrative that the end of the agreement ...

Clash of the Titans – How China is Rising, and What the United States Can Do

by DHRUV BAID, '22 The United States and China have always had a tumultuous relationship, defined by ideological differences, ambitious expansionary policies, and increasingly interdependent and intertwined economies. Ever since President Nixon’s 1972 visit to the country, this relationship has only become more significant in the global arena. In terms of sheer human capital, China ...

Immigration: A Path to Tolerance

By BECKY SCURLOCK, '22 Stroll the streets of Rockford, Illinois and you would hardly know you were in the heart of Rust Belt America. Pedestrians bustle past newly-opened shops, and renovated apartments look onto well-manicured parks. Hip cafes and yachts dot the riverside boardwalk. Unlike other mid-sized cities in the region, Rockford has withstood the ...