The Khartoum Mistake

By: Emily Wurst Khartoum – the capital city of Sudan, and the namesake of a process that threatens the wellbeing of thousands. The Khartoum Process, otherwise known as the ‘EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative’, was established in 2014 as a “platform for political cooperation among the countries along the migration route between the Horn…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Living with the Past: Reconciliation in Post-Khmer Cambodia

By: Aly Niehans Cambodia is a small country nestled between Vietnam and Thailand famous for sprawling temples built by the great ancient Angkor civilization, lush rice fields, and genocide. After years of waging war in rural Cambodia, the Communist rebel group known as the Khmer Rouge ousted the Lon Nol regime from power in 1975…

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…

Echoes of Rwanda: Tragedy and Inaction in the Myanmar Genocide

By: Chande Blurton Between April and June of 1994, an estimated 800,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic group in Rwanda were brutally and systematically murdered in a government campaign to erase them from the country. As these atrocities occurred, the international community – United States included –  largely stood by and watched in horror. Former…

Towards A Prosperous, Healthy World

By: Ryan McGuine In the year 2000, the United Nations (UN) adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, a document that established the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the world to accomplish by 2015. Although not every goal was accomplished, many acknowledge the value of delineating a set of targets, which galvanized international efforts and…