Water Wars: How Water Scarcity Leads to Conflict

By: Jasmine Owens Although water makes up 70% of the Earth, only 3% of this water is freshwater. Of this 3%, about two-thirds is trapped in glaciers and is therefore unusable. This leaves about 1% of the world’s water supply to support a population of 7.7 billion people and counting, much of which is increasingly…

State Violence and the Palestinian Community

By: Arriana Dawidziak On March 30th, 2018 Israeli Forces and Palestinian protesters clashed, drawing attention to the ongoing Palestinian Occupation in the Middle East. While this has been the most recent news from the Israel-Palestine conflict, it is not the only sign of oppression in the area. The cases of Ahed Tamimi and abuse of…

Tomorrow’s Warfare, Held Back By Today

By Sam Buisman Entering into a war is like stepping into a river: while the environment is familiar, your immediate surroundings are constantly changing. War always involves a number of opposing parties engaged in armed conflict, but the means by which it is waged have changed drastically over time. “Armed” embodies a different definition for…

The Veil Debate

By: Chandrea Baster The United States’ First Amendment, under the freedom of expression, prohibits legislation stemming from or against religious practices. It is virtually impossible to imagine federal laws infringing on an individual’s rights based on religious grounds. Precisely on this issue, there is a clear disparity between the US government and its Iranian counterpart….

Bolton Appointed: Middle East Policy Still Not Trump’s Priority

By: Danielle Schmitz Foreign policy under the Trump administration has often been unpredictable. This is especially apparent in the Middle East, where there has been no coherent policy initiative and often the policies have been seen as controversial and unpopular by the leaders and publics in the Middle East. Rather than build relationships and foster…

Iran’s CIA? A Strengthening IRGC Must Be Dealt With Prudence

By: Daniel Ramallo Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has been adamant about exporting its revolution into the rest of the Arab World. Last month, in what was possibly Israel and Iran’s most heated exchange since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Iran launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone into Israeli airspace that was…

Is Microfinance the Universal Poverty Reduction Tool?

By: Maggie Winding Microfinance and micro-loans have, since their conception, been hailed as a “miracle tool” for alleviating poverty in developing countries. Many, however, myself included, remain unconvinced that microfinance is necessarily the solution to resolving the vast disparity in economic achievement that many nations face. Therefore, as a deeper exploration of this topic, this article…

Corruption in Israel: Netanyahu’s Scandal

By: Ashley Levi Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently come under fire after multiple allegations and charges have been brought forth by Israeli police alleging fraud, corruption, and bribery. Netanyahu, who has held the position of Israeli Prime Minister for over 10 years, spanning from 1996 to 1999, and 2009 to the present, has…

Understanding the United States’ Complex Relationship with Pakistan

By: Alex El Ghaoui The United States’ complex, dramatic, and unpredictable relationship with Pakistan took yet another turn on February 14th, 2018 as it announced it will seek to place Pakistan on a list of countries that are not doing enough to combat terrorist financing. The list, created and managed by the Financial Action Task…

The Real Problem with Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration

By: Sam Alhadeff In President Trump’s State of the Union address last month, he reminded the world of one of his landmark foreign policy accomplishments from his first year: recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A lot has been made of the decision. Trump’s supporters have praised his move for fulfilling a campaign promise….