Don’t Get Fooled Again: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of State Secularization in Turkey

by GABRIEL DAVIS Part I: Destabilizing the Old Narrative We’ll be fighting in the street With our children at our feet And the morals that they worship will be gone And the men who spurred us on Sit in judgment of all wrong They decide and the shotgun sings the song I’ll tip my hat ...

A Comparison of Past Russian Involvement in Georgia and Ukraine

by ISAAC TRONCOSO Whether one points to an interconnected economic system which binds together the fates of faraway nations, ideological winds contradicting a historical narrative of human progress towards globalization, the fracturing of states’ spheres of influence, or an arguable decrease in relevance of states themselves, it is clear that we live in an age ...

American Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump

by EZRA MAX Review: The Trump Phenomenon and the Future of US Foreign Policy (September 2016, published by World Scientific.) Since President-Elect Donald Trump first announced his candidacy in June 2015, pundits and analysts have often struggled to untangle his rhetoric and pin down his foreign policy views. In hindsight, one line in Trump’s 2015 ...

The Crimean Crisis: A Russian History and Perspective

by ISAAC TRONCOSO The history of Eastern Europe since 1989 has been a tale of rapidly alternating optimism and cynicism, recovery and setbacks, all framed by the pursuit of a path out of the Soviet political and economic model. The smaller Eastern European states suffered from unique challenges, as their only experienced politicians and bureaucrats ...

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 ...

Merkel’s Open Borders: Reanalyzing German National Security

GABRIEL DAVIS In February 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, responding to Syria’s grisly civil war and the growing number of migrants it produced, “threw open [Germany’s] doors” to let in upwards of one million refugees.[1] Just nine months later, Paris exploded with the deadliest terror attacks on French shores since World War II[2], rocking the ...

Chickenshit-Gate Revisited: The Obama Administration’s Open Frustration with Netanyahu’s Risk-Averse Policies

by OLIVIA LIN After decades of a special relationship between the United States and Israel, maintained primarily by stable foreign aid and political support, the White House has begun to voice frustration over Israel’s lack of cooperation and action. In October of last year, the White House’s passive-aggressive attitude towards a recalcitrant Netanyahu came to ...

The Many Flaws of Fascism: Explaining the Nazi Defeat

by JOSEPH LOCASCIO Fascism gave way to the combined might of democracy and communism in World War II. Considering the vile nature of the Nazis’ regime, it is hardly surprising that their vision of modernity was not a long-lived one. Indeed, Jarausch concludes, in part for this reason, that it was “No wonder that democratic modernity ...

The War Guilt Controversy: Germany as a Benevolent Challenger in WWI

by OLIVIA LIN Conventional scholarship, along with the Treaty of Versailles itself, have characterized Germany as one of the chief aggressors of World War I. In addition to the necessary historical conditions that set the stage for war, WWI could also be viewed as the culmination of a series of miscalculations among military strategists of ...

The Origins of Corruption in the Philippines: The “Cultural Deviancy” Fallacy

by TOMMIE THOMPSON It has practically become a trope among the elites of the Philippines – the ilustrados – to attribute their nation’s failures to their own idiocy. Often times they call on their peers to reject corruption, vice, and backwardness, and to look to the West (especially the US) for inspiration. Ateneo de Manila University’s ...

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