How American International Leadership Will Hurt Without A Strong State Department

By: Alyse Samoray, Since January, the State Department’s Foreign Service Officer corps has lost 60 percent of its Career Ambassadors. Fewer than half of the 17,000 applicants in 2016 took the 2017 Foreign Service Officer Test, demonstrating that interest in joining the foreign service is plummeting. Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, the current President of the American…

Echoes of Rwanda: Tragedy and Inaction in the Myanmar Genocide

By: Chande Blurton Between April and June of 1994, an estimated 800,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic group in Rwanda were brutally and systematically murdered in a government campaign to erase them from the country. As these atrocities occurred, the international community – United States included –  largely stood by and watched in horror. Former…

Should We Still Consider The Taliban In Our War In The Middle East?

By: Simon Fischer President Donald Trump has made waves in the international community for a number of reasons. One of the more controversial countries where his views have been criticized is Afghanistan. He reversed on his promise to end the US’s longest-running war, which drew the ire of the Taliban, the Islamic militia movement that…

In Today’s Global Climate, The Threat Of Nuclear War Is Looming: Who Will Be Safe?

By: Chandrea Baster With global tension rising due to disputes over Iran’s nuclear program, Russia’s increasingly aggressive nature, North Korea’s alarming threats, and Donald Trump’s commentary on foreign affairs, it is not surprising that many countries have recently felt the need to commence safety training for their citizens. With the severity of these threats quickly…

Call a Spade a Spade: Genocide in Myanmar

By: Eva Branson Houses burning. Cries of grief filling the air. Loved ones killed in broad daylight. Scenes of assault all around. This image is a reality for the Rohingya people remaining in Myanmar today. The Rohingya are a stateless nation; a Muslim ethnic-minority that have lived in Myanmar for centuries without citizenship or basic…

Donald Trump’s Increasingly Hostile Twitter Presence

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello Across the globe, people take note of President Donald Trump’s irrational, angry, and misplaced tweets. Whether he is ranting about Hillary Clinton, boasting about himself, or posting videos playing golf, Trump’s twitter account is constantly keeping people on their toes. Trump’s unpredictability on the social media platform creates instability abroad: his “what…

Guns and Oil: The Kingmakers of Venezuela

By: Derrick Gozal Much of recent news concerning Venezuela seems to focus on the increasing centralization of power around its president, Nicolas Maduro. There is a palpable sense that power is trickling down from the country’s democratic institutions to Maduro himself. Allegations of voter fraud on Maduro’s part after the ruling Socialist Party’s surprise victory…

Lifting the Elephant Trophy Ban: Unethical and Not Saving Anyone

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello As of Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the Trump administration has made plans to lift the 2014 ban, made during the Obama administration, on the import of “trophy” elephants. The potential lift on this ban would mean that elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia could be brought into the United States. The ban…