Trade War Breakthrough? Trump and Xi Agree to Ceasefire

By: William Keenan The G-20 Summit concluded December 1st, 2018 with numerous agreements and deals signed. However, one of the most important was the momentary ceasefire between China and the United States in regards to the ongoing trade war. President Trump has agreed not to ratchet up tariffs on more than $200 billion of Chinese goods…

Is Nicaragua Ripe for Revolution?

By: Ariana King Since April of 2018, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua has led a violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators and members of the opposition.  Ripples of this latest wave of dissent began when Ortega announced his plan to increase social security taxes and reduce pensions.  Protesters gathered in the streets and were met by state…

Brazil’s Trial by Populism

By: Michael Sauer Buoyed by burgeoning populism worldwide, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro rode the winning wave and cashed in a decisive victory in Brazil’s presidential election, held on October 28th. The retired army captain enjoyed strong support among the country’s western and northern states in particular. His rigid ideology, consisting of brash indifference to the tenets of…

Jair Bolsonaro’s Election: What It Means Going Forward

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello In late October, Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil. A member of Brazil’s Social Liberal Party (SLP), the far-right congressman won 55.2% of the votes and will take office on January 1, 2019. Bolsonaro has made racist comments about Brazil’s black and mixed raced citizens, offensive comments about women and the…

Made in China: The Reemergence of Rare-Earths Geopolitics

By: Michael Sauer Rare-earth elements are a collection of seventeen versatile elements from the periodic table that have collectively launched society into modernity. Contrary to what their name suggests, these elements are relatively abundant around the globe, primarily unearthed as byproducts of industrial mining. They form the vital components in electronics, high-performance magnets, fiber optics,…

The Trump of the Tropics

By: Julie Schneiberg Jair Bolsonaro―a far-right politician―has flipped the country of Brazil after 13 years of left leadership, winning the presidential election that took place in late October. Bolsonaro’s opponent, Fernando Haddad of Brazil’s Workers Party, was the former mayor of São Paulo. The party experienced major corruption scandals in 2016. Bolsonaro’s campaign mirrored his authoritarian,…

Is Brexit Going to do More Harm than Good?

By: Ilana Friedman Britain is in the process of exiting the European Union (EU) through Brexit. Brexit has been a long debate for five years now. As the date gets closer for the exit, people are getting nervous about what the future holds for the United Kingdom’s economy. In 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron said he…