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 ...

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, ...

Interview: Ilan Pappé

With Israel approving new settlements in Palestine for the first time in twenty years, an unprecedented foreign policy in the White House, and significant political shifts in the US and Europe, 2017 is poised to be a significant year in the troubled history of Israel and Palestine. To help analyze these developments, Ezra Max spoke ...

“Never Again:” How Guilt Over Rwanda Fueled African Genocide

by Ezra Max "The sharpness of the tongue defeats the sharpness of the warriors. Language is better than weapons." —Rwandan proverb[1] Preface In 1995 Susan Rice (then the National Security Council’s director for international organizations and peacekeeping), acknowledging the tepid nature of America’s response to the atrocities of the Rwandan Genocide the previous year, “swore ...

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, ...

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 ...

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