Saudi Arabian Women Can Now Drive: What Still Needs to be Done

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the ban was officially lifted in Saudi Arabia that prevented women from driving, which meant that now women can drive in every nation. A main reason that this ban was lifted is due to economic implications. Currently, there is a plan of social and economic reform in Saudi…

Peak Oil Demand: Political and Economic Consequences

By: Ryan McGuine and Sam Alhadeff In 1956, Shell geologist M. King Hubbert predicted that American oil production would peak in 1970 and decline from then on and that worldwide production would do the same sometime around 2000. This narrative, known as “peak oil supply,” predicted that as humans use increasing amounts of oil, existing…

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…

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…

Progressive Saudi Arabia and What it Means for the Political Sphere

By: Ashley Levi The specter of a new age of progressivism in Saudi Arabian politics came into sharper focus when Mohamed Bin Salman, the 32-year-old son of King Salman, was appointed crown prince in June of 2017. He instituted many reforms in Saudi Arabia’s society and legal structure, including an expansion of women’s rights by…

Who’s Really Calling the Shots in Washington?

By: Alex El-Ghaoui News of turmoil between the US Department of State and the White House has been commonplace since Trump’s inauguration. Along with the CIA and the FBI, the State Department has been a favorite target of President Trump’s, who views the agency as too cumbersome and bureaucratic. Recently, this turmoil seems to have…

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…

Yemen Needs Help – And They Need It Fast

By: Chandrea Baster A dire situation has arisen in Yemen. The country has been mired in conflict since 2011; however, tensions escalated three years ago and have been rising ever since. Yemen is currently dealing with the single worst humanitarian crisis in the world as they battle food and water shortages, disease, and a lack of fuel,…