Pandas in Politics: A Special Chinese Diplomacy Explained

By: Leo Polwein President Trump’s November visit to China was aptly described as a “state visit plus” full of fanfare and flattery, interpreted by experts as a sign that Beijing aimed at using flattery as a diplomatic tool in order to sway President Trump. This, however, was not the first time that the Chinese government…

Echoes of Rwanda: Tragedy and Inaction in the Myanmar Genocide

By: Chande Blurton Between April and June of 1994, an estimated 800,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic group in Rwanda were brutally and systematically murdered in a government campaign to erase them from the country. As these atrocities occurred, the international community – United States included –  largely stood by and watched in horror. Former…

In Today’s Global Climate, The Threat Of Nuclear War Is Looming: Who Will Be Safe?

By: Chandrea Baster With global tension rising due to disputes over Iran’s nuclear program, Russia’s increasingly aggressive nature, North Korea’s alarming threats, and Donald Trump’s commentary on foreign affairs, it is not surprising that many countries have recently felt the need to commence safety training for their citizens. With the severity of these threats quickly…

Call a Spade a Spade: Genocide in Myanmar

By: Eva Branson Houses burning. Cries of grief filling the air. Loved ones killed in broad daylight. Scenes of assault all around. This image is a reality for the Rohingya people remaining in Myanmar today. The Rohingya are a stateless nation; a Muslim ethnic-minority that have lived in Myanmar for centuries without citizenship or basic…

Donald Trump’s Increasingly Hostile Twitter Presence

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello Across the globe, people take note of President Donald Trump’s irrational, angry, and misplaced tweets. Whether he is ranting about Hillary Clinton, boasting about himself, or posting videos playing golf, Trump’s twitter account is constantly keeping people on their toes. Trump’s unpredictability on the social media platform creates instability abroad: his “what…

South Korea’s Clever Diplomacy During Trump’s Visit to Asia

By: Soeun (Sarah) Lee President Trump visited South Korea on November 7th as part of his recent Asia tour, which brought him to 5 countries in the Asia Pacific.  He mentioned several issues, including North Korea, China, Russia, trade, and an Indo-Pacific strategic arrangement that minimizes China’s role in Asia. While these are all important…

Humanitarian Development: The Intersection of Short and Long Term Assistance

By: Ryan McGuine Over recent decades, the world has seen dramatic improvements in nearly every measure of wellbeing. The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic of standard of living that was established in the 1980s by advocates of the Human Development paradigm in response to what they saw as the over-emphasis of economic…

Leaving the TPP jeopardizes American Influence in East Asia

By: Alyse Samoray Earlier this month President Donald Trump embarked on a twelve-day trip to East Asia where he visited Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, China, and the Philippines and pushed his “America first” agenda. Moving his isolationist rhetoric overseas, President Trump emphasized that America will no longer be part of trade deals that are deemed…