The Chilly Truth: An Examination of U.S. Arctic Policy

By: Michael Sauer Rapidly-warming temperatures are superheating the prominence of the Arctic region. The Arctic’s thawing ice sheets are in swift decline, unlocking previously inaccessible natural resources, fishing industries, and tourism opportunities. Countries around the globe are vigilantly observing the ever-changing Arctic landscape, eyeing possibilities to salvage the northern expanse. For its part, the United States…

A Sustainable Approach

By: Chandrea Baster    Pollution is a serious problem plaguing our world today. Regardless of the source, it is something that impacts our daily lives and is a severe issue that needs mending. Pollution has a variety of different origins; factories, industrial facilities, trucks, and automobiles all contribute to the amount of pollution in our air….

US Foreign Policy in the 116th Congress

By: Daniel Ramallo In an election dominated by healthcare, immigration, and everything President Trump, the foreign policy debate was characteristically quiet, despite potentially large policy implications stemming from the results of November 6th. Despite what appeared to be a repudiation of Trump’s nationalism on election night, the President’s foreign policy agenda is safer than one might…

Fake News and Foreign Policy

By: Emery Jochnau  A recent Super Bowl advertisement produced by The Washington Post generated heated debates over the concept of freedom of speech in the United States. The Washington Post has long been a victim in President Trump’s attacks on media outlets which he claims publish “fake news,” a slogan which has begun to stigmatize words…

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,…