The Alexander Hamilton Society Grades Trump’s Grand Strategy

The Alexander Hamilton Society Grades Trump’s Grand Strategy

On Oct. 30, the Alexander Hamilton Society hosted its first event of the year featuring Professor Peter Feaver and his take on President Donald Trump’s Grand Strategy. Every semester, the Alexander Hamilton Society organizes events on campus to connect students to foreign policy experts. Peter Feaver, a professor at Duke...

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The Implications of the Death of Baghdadi

The Implications of the Death of Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world’s most-wanted terrorist leader, killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during a U.S. military operation in northwest Syria on October 26. Announcing himself the caliph in 2014, the late IS leader vanished along with his dream to resurrect the caliphate and assume legitimate dominance over...

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The Blair School of Music Gives Venezuelan Refugees a Voice

The Blair School of Music Gives Venezuelan Refugees a Voice

The Venezuelan crisis has been steadily intensifying, and the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University has something to say about it. Instead of taking to Facebook or Instagram, Conductor Thomas Verrier has decided to speak out against this humanitarian crisis through music. On Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00pm, the...

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A Closer Look at the Nobel Peace Prize

A Closer Look at the Nobel Peace Prize

Since its establishment in 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded on a yearly basis to those who, in Alfred Nobel’s own words, “shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” Due to its global scope, the presentation of the Nobel Prize has become one of the most widely followed...

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Brexit: to Deal or not to Deal

Brexit: to Deal or not to Deal

The United Kingdom (UK) requested yet again an extension of Brexit on Tuesday, October 22. Brexit is the UK’s movement to withdraw from the European Union (EU) starting in 2016 when the country voted to leave per referendum. The Prime-Minister Boris Johnson tried to pass two separate legislations on Tuesday: one...

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OP-ED: The Domino Effect of Trump’s Foreign Relations

OP-ED: The Domino Effect of Trump’s Foreign Relations

President Donald Trump announced in early October that he would be withdrawing U.S. troops from the Turkey-Syria border. Turkey seized the opportunity, invading north-eastern Syria just three days after President Trump’s decision. Kurdish forces, which once enjoyed U.S. protection, lost some 11,000 fighters at the hands of the Turkish, prompting...

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From White to Red: A brief history of political fashion

From White to Red: A brief history of political fashion

One of the most recognizable pieces of clothing an American can wear is a bright red hat, emblazoned with the phrase “Make America Great Again.” The hat, with its Reagan-era slogan, has become synonymous with the Trump campaign in a way that not only identifies the wearer with a political...

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Chinese Students’ Insider View on the Hong Kong Protests

Chinese Students’ Insider View on the Hong Kong Protests

“All departures at Hong Kong airport have been canceled as authorities struggle to deal with massive protests.” CNN bombarded me with this gloomy news while I was on my way to Hong Kong airport to catch the flight that would take me to the beginning of my college life at...

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Hong Kong Protests Expose Authoritarian Shortcomings

Hong Kong Protests Expose Authoritarian Shortcomings

On October 1, China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China with national celebrations and an impressive military parade. The very same day, a high schooler was shot by Hong Kong police amid the worst turmoil the city has seen since it became a...

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During Continued Protests, Hong Kong and Taiwan Band Together in Opposition to Beijing

During Continued Protests, Hong Kong and Taiwan Band Together in Opposition to Beijing

As mass protests continue in Hong Kong, relations between Hong Kong and Taiwan have strengthened from their shared opposition to Beijing. Hong Kongers now support Taiwanese independence more than ever before, and those in Taiwan continue to voice their strong support for Hong Kong’s resistance to an encroaching Beijing. The...

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