An Israeli-American Quid Pro Quo?

By Michael Warren On August 12th, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government banned two American congresswomen, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, from entering Israel at the urging of President Trump. Later that week, the Israeli government conditionally allowed Tlaib to enter the country if she promised “not to promote boycotts” while visiting her grandmother…

Undermining Democracy: Trump v United States

By William Keenan Donald Trump is no stranger to interfering in democracy and conventional American politics. He has refused to allow translators inside a meeting room with Russian President Vladimir Putin, for example, and has often not released transcripts of calls with major foreign leaders. He has repeatedly bashed American media. On the campaign trail,…

Backgrounder: Hurricane Dorian

By Chandrea Baster Hurricane Dorian has been the focus of weather news this past month, given the extensive financial and human cost which resulted from it rolling through the Bahamas and the United States. Hurricane Dorian first formed on August 24, 2019, and became a Category Five storm on September 1, with winds reaching 185…

Hong Kong: Waving U.S. Flags, Lacking U.S. Support

By: Simon Fischer Grabbing the attention of the entire foreign policy world can be a tough task, especially for a small Special Administrative Region like Hong Kong. However, they have made it look easy in recent months. The densely-populated city has taken to the streets this summer in protest of a deeply unpopular “extradition bill”…

The Crumbling Alliance: U.S. Apathy in East Asia

By Michael Sauer Escalating tensions between Japan and South Korea, foundational members of the East Asia alliance, are threatening to upend the region’s geopolitical balance. The alliance of three liberal democracies, comprising of the United States, South Korea, and Japan, serves as the bedrock of security, prosperity, and peace in East Asia. Conjoined, despite the…

A Great Leap Backward

By Ryan Thiele The People’s Republic of China has experienced unparalleled economic growth since the reversal of Mao Zedong’s disastrous Great Leap Forward, surpassing even the astronomical growth of post-war Japan. Despite the country’s current political and economic strength, China is confronting a food crisis similar to that which Mao himself faced, a crisis which…

“Winning” Parties in the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections

By Xinyuan Yang The European Parliamentary election has typically been considered as a “second-order” national election. With issues like Brexit, the rise of populism, and the immigration crisis roiling the bloc, however, the European Parliamentary election this year had the highest voter turnout of the past two decades. The result of this year’s elections shows…