The Turkish Invasion of Syria through the Lens of International Law

By Samuel Brown The conflict in the Middle East between the Turkish government and the region’s Kurdish population, which has been ongoing since the 1970s, has reached new heights over the past few weeks. The Trump Administration’s decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria, where millions of Kurds live, and Turkey’s subsequent invasion…

Backgrounder: Ukraine

By Julie Schneiberg Even if you only loosely follow politics, it is likely that you have heard a lot about Ukraine in the past few weeks. Ukraine, a former member of the Soviet Union, is located between Europe and Russia and has a complicated relationship with both of their borders. “It’s a cliché to say…

The Race to Becoming Artificially Intelligent

By Sourish Kundu We are well in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, which consists of the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Countries across the world are developing AI in hopes of bettering the lives of their citizens and expanding their role on the international stage. While President Trump’s campaign slogans claimed he would…

Undermining Democracy: Trump v United States

By William Keenan Donald Trump is no stranger to interfering in democracy and conventional American politics. He has refused to allow translators inside a meeting room with Russian President Vladimir Putin, for example, and has often not released transcripts of calls with major foreign leaders. He has repeatedly bashed American media. On the campaign trail,…

Battle of the Biofuels: Big Corn vs Big Oil

By: Kelli Liegel Big Oil and Big Corn cannot seem to compromise on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the subsequent export-subsidies on RINs (Renewable Identification Number) that the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed. The corn industry claims that Mr. Pruitt’s adverse export-subsidy proposals will drive corn prices down and crush farmers…

Are Missiles the Answer?

By: Ilana Friedman The conflict in Syria began in March 2011 with pro-democracy demonstrations against the harsh regime of President Bashar al-Assad. In August 2011, then-President Obama called for Assad to step down and also enforced new sanctions on the Syrian government. Allies of the United States — France, Germany, and the United Kingdom —…

Gun Violence in Schools: A European Perspective

By: Nick O’Connell Too often, American citizens have experienced mass shootings in schools across the country, with Parkland being the latest example. Pundits, citizens, and politicians all weigh in to denounce these events, but ideas on how to stop this kind of violence often polarize the debate. Gun control is central to this conversation, dividing the…