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…

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…

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….

The Global Response to the United States Recognition of Jerusalem

By: Meghan Howard On Wednesday, December 6th, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, along with plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. While some might see this as a campaign promise fulfilled, it is a sharp change in U.S. foreign policy that could lead to further unrest in the…

US Recognition of Jerusalem and the Future of a Two-State Solution

By: Zach Klein and Ron Steinhoff On Wednesday, December 6th, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and announced that the U.S. embassy would eventually be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In his address, Trump proclaimed that a history of Presidential waivers to keep the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv had…

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forming An Unlikely Friendship

By: Ryan Bergal For the first time in its history, Saudi Arabia is taking steps forward to establish official diplomatic relations with Israel. Just last week, Israeli Chief of Staff General Gadi Eisenknot, told London-based Saudi newspaper Elaph that Israel was ready to exchange intelligence with Saudi Arabia. The purpose of a Saudi-Israeli alliance would…