RUN DFC: The BUILD Act

By: Kelli Liegel In today’s highly-polarized political climate, it is rare to see overwhelming bipartisan support regarding policy issues. Defying this norm, on February 27th, Ted Yoho (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a new bill to Congress that they believe everyone can get behind. The BUILD Act, which…

Peak Oil Demand: Political and Economic Consequences

By: Ryan McGuine and Sam Alhadeff In 1956, Shell geologist M. King Hubbert predicted that American oil production would peak in 1970 and decline from then on and that worldwide production would do the same sometime around 2000. This narrative, known as “peak oil supply,” predicted that as humans use increasing amounts of oil, existing…

Hip-Hop & Hegemony

By: Sam Buisman How does the Trans-Pacific Partnership relate to rapper Rich Brian’s debut album “Amen” topping the iTunes charts? How can the Paris Climate Summit explain Keith Ape scoring 52 million views on his music video for “It G Ma”? And what does Chinese foreign direct investment in Africa have to do with Joji’s…

The Evolution of Trump’s Tariff Proposal

By: Ryan Bergal Trump’s “America first” policy agenda surged to a new pinnacle of protectionism on Thursday, March 1st, when he announced a 25% tariff on all imported steel and a 10% tariff on all imported aluminum. Much speculation has risen since the announcement regarding the impacts of the steel and aluminum tariffs, and there…

A Shakeup in Washington: Haspel & Pompeo In, Tillerson Out.

By: Alex El Ghaoui Rex Tillerson’s tempestuous reign as United States Secretary of State came to an end on March 13th, 2018, as President Donald Trump announced that Tillerson would be replaced by current CIA Chief Mike Pompeo, who would be in turn replaced by his deputy, Gina Haspel. Unsurprisingly, President Trump did not notify…

Why “America First” May Lead to America Last

By: Emily Wurst Things are looking good right now for our Commander in Chief. With the employment rate at a record low of 4.1%, a generally bullish stock market, no major international conflicts, and nuclear tension simmering down, it seems that Donald Trump couldn’t do much better. His Republican approval rating of 86% appears to…

Maybe it’s Time to Take Time: China’s Ban on Recyclables

By: Matthew Quraishi-Landes Starting this year, China will stop accepting recyclable waste (metals, plastics, rubber, paper, cardboard, and textiles) from the United States. China notified the World Trade Organization last summer that it will no longer accept foreign recycled waste, citing “protection of human health or safety” and “protection of the environment.”  This ban on recycled…