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…

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…

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…

CPTPP: The Revival of the TPP

By: Soeun (Sarah) Lee On March 8th, the same day Trump authorized tariffs on steel and aluminum, trade ministers of 11 Asian countries signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It is a derivative trade deal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a hot topic of debate during the last presidential election. Although the United…

Space: The New Military Frontier

“There is no war in space, just as there is no war in cyberspace. There is only war, and war can extend into any domain” –  Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, March 20th, 2018 By: Jason Geissler Despite numerous treaties over the last half-century to prevent the militarization of outer…

What Should the World think of Xi Jinping Ending China’s Term Limits?

By: Simon Fischer China’s National People’s Congress voted recently to pass a constitutional amendment that abolished the country’s Mao-era two-term limit on the office of the president. Current president Xi Jinping was expected to step down in 2023 at the end of his second term, but this amendment allows him to rule well beyond that…

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…

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…

The International Character of the Opioid Crisis

By: Maura Pallitta In the United States of America, enough prescriptions of opioids are written each year for every adult in the county to have their own bottle of pills. Misuse of both prescription and illegal street opioids occurs at an incredible rate. In fact by all accounts, our nation is in the midst of…