Just Don’t Do It

By: Sam Alhadeff Decertification. This is the common word floating around Washington when President Donald Trump, his administration, and his fellow members of the Republican Party (and some from the Democratic Party) talk about what should be done about the Iran Deal. In cable news appearances and stump speeches, one can hear echoes of “dumbest…

Towards A Prosperous, Healthy World

By: Ryan McGuine In the year 2000, the United Nations (UN) adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, a document that established the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the world to accomplish by 2015. Although not every goal was accomplished, many acknowledge the value of delineating a set of targets, which galvanized international efforts and…

Ethics and International Relations: Interrelated?

By: Maggie Winding Ethical questions are fundamental to the study of international relations as it is a field concerned with issues of war and peace, trade and development, global economics, interdependency, and human rights. Despite this, moral and ethical values have been relegated almost exclusively to the division of international law, or otherwise, the field…

The Questionable Future of Geoengineering

By Jasmine Owens: This year, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, responsible for federally funded climate and environmental research, recommended additional studies into two areas of geoengineering research. Geoengineering is the deliberate large-scale intervention in Earth’s natural systems in order to counteract climate change– specifically, offsetting global warming caused by elevated greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse…

Macron on the Move

By: Annie Schoenfeldt After an election cycle fraught with contention and uncertainty, the French rallied to choose their next president: Emmanuel Macron. The 39-year old, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon,[1] emerged as a clear victor with almost two thirds of the vote. His victory over Marine Le Pen of the National Front marks a pivotal moment…

100 Days of Trump

Click here to check out this new episode of TheWIReCast. Sam, Max, and Iakovos in studio along with Sasha and Jarjiah via satellite discuss their thoughts on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office and its affect on global issues such as Syria, North Korea, and much more.

The French Presidential Election: Round One

By: Annie Schoenfeldt   A wave of uncertainty sweeps the political landscape at the approach of the April 23 presidential election. Four candidates: Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, François Fillon, and Emmanuel Macron, vie for votes in a contentious and close race. If no candidate wins over 50% of the vote, the elections will continue in…

A Truly “America-First” Energy Plan

By: Ryan McGuine Recently, the myth that moving toward a less carbon-intensive economy damages America’s competitiveness has resurfaced in the national dialogue.This has prompted many to question the usefulness of reducing carbon emissions at home if other large emitters, such as China and India, will not likewise do so. However, both China and India have been…

World Leaders will go forth with COP22 Agreement with or without Trump support

By: Jasmine Owens Last November, the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) took place in Marrakech. The successor of the Paris Climate Agreement, the 200 nations present at the COP22 created a plan to reach their greenhouse gas emission standard goals. However, the accession of the Trump administration may lead to a shift…

Opportunity for South Korea to break up ‘Chaebol’ system

By: Soeun (Sarah) Lee Due to the political turmoil caused by the “Shaman President” scandal, the Korean economy is facing instability. The unstable situation resulted in the decreased amount of employment plan for 2017. In fact, a few top Chaebol companies announced that they would either reduce employment or not hire at all, and this impacted…