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,…

TopDrone: Highway to the Mitigated Danger Zone

By: Adrian Douglas Arcoleo In September, a government official revealed that an MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) conducted its first air-to-air kill. The event took place in a controlled simulation against another small, unmanned aerial vehicle using an infrared, or heat-seeking, short-range missile, most likely an AIM-9 Sidewinder. Col. Julian Cheater, commander of the…

American Response Weakens as Venezuelan Migrant Crisis Worsens

By: Eva Branson Every day, 5,000 Venezuelans flee their homes. Since 2014, the total number of Venezuelan citizens-turned-refugees has escalated to a staggering 2.3 million, or about 7% of Venezuela’s total population. These individuals are fleeing widespread hunger, excruciating economic deprivation, and mounting authoritarian repression. To date, the international community has contributed millions of dollars in…

President Trump, Please Stop The Caravan

By: William Keenan On October 12th, 2018, a migrant caravan organized in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, began its journey, with the end goal of migrating to the United States. While on their trek, the caravan has grown exponentially, with new members coming from Guatemala, El Salvador, and other Central American countries. According to multiple reports, what…