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 ...

Belarus – Russian Relations: New Year, Same Tactics

By KARINA HOLBROOK, '22 On Dec 28, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree to establish a Russian-Belorussian working group to discuss various aspects of integration and controversial issues between the two countries.[i] Russia denies any movement towards unification of Russia and Belarus, with Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov of Russia stating that any ...

CJFP’s Winter 2019 Edition!

Our Winter 2019 edition can be viewed on Issuu at this link and downloaded in the "Journals" tab of our site. Thanks to our staff here at UChicago and our contributors from UChicago and around the country for making this possible.

The Foreign Policy Implications of Gerrymandering in the United States

by THOMAS WEIL, '22 Over the past several decades, polarization across the American political system, at the local, state, and national levels, has accelerated.  There are various causes for this schism, one of which is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering – the drawing of a voting district in such a way as to favor one group over another ...

The United States is Undermining the WTO it Built to Advantage Itself

by JOSHUA ZAKHAROV, '20 The big engine that just barely couldn’t. On June 8th, the Peak Pegasus, a U.S. cargo vessel carrying a shipment of soybeans, embarked from Seattle on a one-month voyage to the Chinese port of Dalian. On its way, however, the Peak Pegasus caught word of China’s retaliatory 25% soybean tariffs on ...

Refugees and Stateless Persons in the Case of the Syrian Crisis

by JON HOFFMAN, George Mason University '19 Introduction: “Stateless” vs “Refugee” vs “Stateless Refugee” The issues of statelessness and refugees represent serious challenges to the global community, with wide-reaching repercussions that affect both developed and developing nations. More than 12 million people around the world are considered stateless, while approximately 65 million are considered refugees.[1] ...

The Twilight of Annexation

by DAVIS LARKIN, '19 For the most part, the history of the world is a history of states struggling against each other. From the Punic Wars to the partitions of Poland to WWII, this struggle has usually manifested as states seeking to annex territories from each other. Historically, annexation is a virtual constant -- it ...

Liberty and Democracy After Liberal Democracy in Eastern Europe

by SURYA GOWDA, '22 Western defenders of liberalism commonly claim that there is an impending backslide into authoritarianism in Eastern Europe. Many Western commentators hold that a rise in populist nationalism in Hungary and Poland, both previously considered poster children for successful post-communist democratization, demonstrates that these countries have turned against liberal democracy. For example, ...

Nuance vs. Propagandism in the Gate-Maroon Yemen Debate

by DAVIS LARKIN, '19 This past week, the Maroon and the Gate repeatedly clashed on an issue as near and dear to campus affairs as the geopolitics of the Arabian Peninsula. Atman Mehta wrote in the Maroon to criticize a number of articles published in the Gate as uncritically echoing imperialist propaganda about foreign policy ...

A Future For China-India-Nepal? Maybe Not.

by MOLLY MCCAMMON, '21 In the last few years, Nepal has generated billions of dollars in investments from its northern neighbor China. Trade between the two countries has grown from 108 million US dollars to 990 million dollars in the past decade alone, making China Nepal’s second-largest trading partner. [1] Furthermore, China has invested heavily ...

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