By Morgan Hinckley
Currently, the United States has an Embassy in the bustling city of Tel Aviv. President Donald Trump is debatably expected to announce in the next week or so, that the Embassy is to be moved to Jerusalem. He was adamant about this move during his campaign, but has delayed the official move in June in hopes of a peaceful resolution. If President Trump and his advisors were to move Israel’s embassy, an expected increase of tensions will rise between the Israelis and the Palestinians. While keeping this peace in mind, President Trump and his advisors have started outlining a long-term strategy to make the eventual move to Jerusalem. Read more ›
By Trevor McDaniel
For almost 40 years, Robert Mugabe was the leader of Zimbabwe, until early November when his military placed him under surveillance and he was forced to resign a few weeks later, allowing his recently-ousted Vice President to be sworn in as his successor. His departure can have deep consequences for the stability of Sub-Sahara Africa, in the same way that the removal of Saddam Hussein had deeply felt, and dire consequences for the Middle East. If we look back, Saddam Hussein was a deeply troubling man and leader, known for using chemical weapons against the Kurdish people in Northern Iraq. Despite this, he was a beacon of stability in the Middle East, especially surrounding Iran, and his removal from office directly influenced the destabilization of the Middle East by fomenting sectarianism. Read more ›
By Chris Battiloro
Nuclear weapons are a prolific topic in current global discussions. A topic that is becoming increasingly relevant as political tensions increase throughout the world. Currently, there are nine countries known to possess nuclear weapons: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. While many politicians focus on advocating to eliminate nuclear proliferation, there are silent benefits to permitting countries to possess nuclear weapons. Read more ›
By Charlotte Munday
It is widely known that on June 1, 2017 the United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement. As of that time it joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to the agreement. About a month ago Nicaragua stated that they would sign the agreement, and now Syria has followed Nicaragua’s path. The United States remains the only country not party to the Paris Agreement.
So, where does this leave the U.S.? Read more ›
By Quinn Cartelli
The Louvre was built in the 12th century by King Philippe Augustus as a defensive fortress to protect his city, Paris, from invaders. Expansion of the city beyond its original borders prompted the King to make architectural changes to the Louvre. It thus became a home to the wealthiest and most powerful figures in French history. Notwithstanding a period of brief neglect, it would continue to serve as a symbol for the wealth, power, and extravagance of the monarchy for six hundred years before becoming the world renowned Musée de Louvre in 1793. The shift from a private home for the elite to a national museum, which the public could access at will, symbolized a shift in French values to a more egalitarian society with a focus on the people and equality. The Louvre is the largest museum in the world, showcasing around 70,000 pieces or art and history, and drawing tourists and enthusiasts from all over the world to view its magnificence.
Now, more than 200 years later, we are seeing the beginning of a new Louvre era with the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Since the French parliament authorized the opening of a new museum in 2007, the expansion of the Louvre brand has been both warmly welcomed and surrounded by controversy. Read more ›
By Elizabeth Zimmer
As of November 2017, the catastrophic Myanmar genocide has the potential to become the “most significant humanitarian catastrophe” since the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s. For members of the general public, this might come as a surprise. The victims of this catastrophe are known as the Rohingya. They are Indo-Aran people who are currently stateless but originate from Myanmar, a southeast Asia nation. The Rohingya people for decades have been experiencing suppression and aggressive government tactics that led many professionals in the humanitarian field to believe genocide was the likely conclusion.
The suppression experienced by the Rohingya people includes the denial of citizenship to Myanmar, restricted movement, state funded education, and jobs in the civil service department. Read more ›
By Eugene Mok
On Friday, October 27, 2017, the autonomous Generalitat of Catalonia officially announced its independence from Spain. The Catalan parliament voted in favor of secession, while the Spanish parliament directly opposed such decision by approving the Spanish Prime Minister’s request to invoke Article 155 of Spain’s constitution, which essentially allows the central government to dissolve the Catalan government and impose direct rule over the region. Read more ›
By John Underhill
American companies have found it much more difficult to freely conduct business in Europe as compared to the U.S. Google is a prime example of this phenomena. The European Commission, which is the EU’s Antitrust regulator, has aggressively pursued Google with large fines and penalties that strike at the core of its business. Read more ›
By Brittany Dierken
Barack Obama’s single most important foreign policy achievement is now being ripped apart by President Donald Trump.
President Trump threatens to pull the U.S. out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (referred to as the Iran nuclear deal) by stating that this nuclear deal is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the U.S. has ever entered into.” In a speech on Friday, President Trump accused Iran for violating the terms of the deal by sponsoring terrorism and proposed new sanctions. Read more ›
By Gerald Bannon
In 2012, just before the Olympics arrived in London, England, Uber received a private-hire license to run its ride-hailing operation in and around the city. In the five years since, to say that Uber has faced its fair share of controversy would be an understatement. From strict regulations telling drivers where they can and cannot pick up passengers to disputes with black-cab drivers claiming that Uber is hurting their business, the company has spent the better part of its time in London proving to regulators why its license should not be revoked. Unfortunately, just days ago Uber lost this battle as Transport for London (TfL, the main regulator of transportation within the city) voted not to renew Uber’s private-hire license that expired on September 30th. Read more ›