Category: Thinkpieces

The Effectiveness of Cash Transfers

by GABRIEL BROSHY, '20 Many argue that we ought to refrain from giving money directly to the poor. Since it was their faulty decision-making that caused their current predicament, giving money directly to these individuals would only perpetuate the cycle of poverty. At least in developing countries, this line of reasoning has been brought into ...

UNDRIP: The Recognition of Indigenous Peoples through Acknowledging the Past, Present and Future

by CARSON SMITH, Stanford University '19 In 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples acted as the first signed piece of formal, international policy to provide indigenous peoples worldwide with a set of specific rights, including self-determination, economic development, governance, the protection of cultural practices, and land rights. Although the document ...

From Prague to Putin: An Analysis of Czech-Russian Relations and their Echoes in Eastern Europe

by ANNA STONEMAN, University of Chicago '21 The democratization of the Czech Republic has long been predictive of the political and ideological leanings of Eastern Europe. For a brief period during the heart of the Cold War and the decades following, the nation became widely perceived as bastion of the West, and the ideology it ...

Our Globalized World

by JOSH WARD If you’re anything like me, you were at the edge of your seat as you watched a man scheme to sway the US Presidential election. The victory of a man who degraded the platform of his predecessor, even as it was predicted that he wouldn’t win was dumbfounding. I was in awe, ...

The Rise of the Right and the Fall of Conventional Foreign Policy

by ZACH WEHRLI Over the last year and a half, the rapid and unanticipated popularity of Donald Trump, now the President of the United States, has captivated the world. President Trump faced criticism on many fronts throughout the campaign, with many of the most common and persuasive criticisms levied against him pertaining to his lack ...

Climate Change and Conflict In the Developing World

by KENT KELLER During the Democratic Presidential Primaries, Bernie Sanders made the argument that climate change has been one of the drivers of the Syrian conflict and that climate change has, more broadly, contributed to geopolitical instability and terrorism throughout the world. [1] The issue of climate and conflict has been an incredibly fraught topic, ...

Compliance and the Paris Climate Deal: How To Ensure Nations Keep Their Promises

by KENT KELLER Last December, 195 nations adopted the Paris climate agreement, a UN treaty that many are hailing as the turning point for global efforts to address the threat of climate change. The agreement acts as a framework in which nations pledge to reduce or curtail their greenhouse emissions and provide funding to prepare ...