With the JCPOA Crumbling, US-Iran Relations Remain in Doubt

By Riley Fink The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed to in 2015 by Iran, Germany, and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This historic deal aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Specifically, Iran was to dramatically reduce…

The World Needs to Pay Attention to China

By Joe McInerney             While much of the international community has been focused on developments in the Middle East and the United States has been tuned into the impeachment battle in Congress, China has quietly escalated violence against an entire Muslim minority in its country, the Uighurs. As the extent to which the Chinese government has…

The Global Rise of Nationalism

By McKenna Ross Nationalism is an ideology that strongly identifies with one’s own nation and vigorously supports its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of those of other nations. Consequently, it is often equated with distrust of foreigners and a desire for greater immigration control. This ideology is on the rise around the world,…

Backgrounder: China x NBA

By Emery Jochnau By now, most of the international community is aware of the pro-democracy protests that have been going on for nearly five months in Hong Kong. Some, however, might not understand exactly why they are occurring. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and because of this…

Climate Action: Another Victim of the U.S.-China Trade War

By Michael DeLeers The United States-China trade war has been a constant headline for the past few months. This makes sense considering the United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, and the tariffs they impose on one another have ramifications across the globe. One victim of the trade war has gone unmentioned,…

The Crumbling Alliance: U.S. Apathy in East Asia

By Michael Sauer Escalating tensions between Japan and South Korea, foundational members of the East Asia alliance, are threatening to upend the region’s geopolitical balance. The alliance of three liberal democracies, comprising of the United States, South Korea, and Japan, serves as the bedrock of security, prosperity, and peace in East Asia. Conjoined, despite the…

Paper or Plastic?

By: Matthew Quraishi-Landes On April 20, 2018, two days before Earth Day, countries convened in New York to explore possible solutions to this year’s Earth Day theme: “Kicking the Plastic Bag Addiction: A Plan for Response to Plastic Pollution”. Among nations present were France, Mexico, Rwanda, Morocco, and other European Union nations who presented possible strategies…

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…

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…