Backgrounder: China x NBA

By Simon Fischer Sports and politics have always maintained a close relationship. For example, issues of race and freedom of speech entered the world of the NFL in 2016. Foreign policy, however, has mostly stayed separate from sports in any controversial manner. This context has made the recent debacle involving China and the NBA even…

Neutrality as the “Price” of Globalism

By Abby Ivancevich In a world that has come to have a few disproportionately dominant countries, international corporations and organizations are some of the only actors able to challenge such broad authority. Although not always directly affiliated with one another, they can have significant influence as a group. Sometimes, though, they choose to respond to…

Backgrounder: Chilean Protests

By Chandrea Baster Throughout the last few weeks, Santiago, Chile has been experiencing dangerous protests by Chilean citizens. The situation has already caused multiple deaths and has been viewed with increasing concern by the Chilean government and increasing frustration by its people. Protests have been ongoing for approximately three weeks now in response to new…

Backgrounder: Ukraine

By Julie Schneiberg Even if you only loosely follow politics, it is likely that you have heard a lot about Ukraine in the past few weeks. Ukraine, a former member of the Soviet Union, is located between Europe and Russia and has a complicated relationship with both of their borders. “It’s a cliché to say…

Backgrounder: Independent Tribunal on Organ Harvesting in China

By McKenna Ross After months of collecting documentary evidence and holding hearings, an independent people’s tribunal recently concluded that the Chinese government is likely guilty of harvesting the organs of Falun Gong and Uighur Muslim prisoners, minorities that are repeatedly targeted by the Chinese government. Based on their reporting, Falun Gong is a spiritual group…

Trump’s ‘America Last’ Policies

By William Keenan ‘America First’ is the mantra that Donald Trump rode to election in 2016. This anti-interventionist and nationalist position advocated for greater promotion of and focus on U.S. businesses and citizens and a reduced role for the United States on the world stage. This position has been advocated for by others in the…

Climate Action: Another Victim of the U.S.-China Trade War

By Michael DeLeers The United States-China trade war has been a constant headline for the past few months. This makes sense considering the United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, and the tariffs they impose on one another have ramifications across the globe. One victim of the trade war has gone unmentioned,…

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,…