The Burqa Ban: How a New Swiss Law Ignores Freedom of Expression

The Burqa Ban: How a New Swiss Law Ignores Freedom of Expression

The recent terror attacks against Paris have sent shockwaves across the globe. The targeting and bombing of French civilians by ISIL was seen as an attack on the French way of life. The safety and security of the western world is perhaps as questionable now as it was after the...

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How the States Can (and Will) Hurt Refugee Resettlement

How the States Can (and Will) Hurt Refugee Resettlement

Monday saw a flurry of mostly Republican governors making pledges to prevent Syrian refugees from ever crossing their borders at any cost. More than two dozen governors made statements of different degrees, ranging from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s request for the government’s review of resettlement processes to Louisiana Gov. Bobby...

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Paris, Beirut, and How We Can Unite to Combat ISIS

Paris, Beirut, and How We Can Unite to Combat ISIS

As I stare at my Facebook newsfeed, scrolling through the numerous posts mourning the tragic attacks of Paris, I cannot help but wonder when is enough going to be enough? I remember thinking to myself, after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, that France would begin to strongly combat ISIS. In ways...

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The Silent War of Cyber-Terrorism

The Silent War of Cyber-Terrorism

Sony Pictures, capitalized at $34.2 billion, is ranked 79th on the “World’s Most Valuable Brands” list in Forbes Magazine. The company generates billions of dollars in sales annually. Yet, on Monday, November 24th, 2014 this incredibly powerful company faced one of the biggest breaches of privacy a global corporation has...

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Cold War Round 2 or a New Kind of U.S.-Russian Struggle for Global Domination?

Cold War Round 2 or a New Kind of U.S.-Russian Struggle for Global Domination?

Russian aggression against the United States is certainly not an unfamiliar phenomenon for the United States. Indeed, the recent past provides many examples of situations in which the United States and Russia have—sometimes subtly—shown their distaste for one another by their divided loyalties on either side of small-scale conflicts receiving...

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Why Britain Needs Electoral Change

Why Britain Needs Electoral Change

For many years, there has been debate in the United Kingdom regarding its electoral system. Since the 19th century, the United Kingdom has used a single-member district electoral system: the First Past The Post system (FPTP). The idea of changing the electoral system has been around for about one hundred...

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Breakdown of the Syrian Civil War: How Did It Start and What Does It Mean for the United States?

The beginning of the Syrian conflict is most commonly cited as March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa. Following the arrest and subsequent torture of 15 children for drawing anti-government propaganda, the citizens of Deraa began to protest the Assad regime, resulting in Syrian security forces opening fire on...

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Spring and Deluge: How popular uprisings in the Middle East exacerbated the migrant crisis

“We mustn’t be afraid of this ‘Arab spring’… sparks tremendous hope.” These were the words of Alain Juppé, former French Prime Minister and later Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. Juppé was the closing speaker for an “Arab Spring” symposium at the Arab World Institute in 2011, in which...

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2015 U.S. – China Summit: Prospects for the U.S. – China Relations

2015 U.S. – China Summit: Prospects for the U.S. – China Relations

Xi Jinping paid his first visit to the United States as the President of People’s Republic of China. President Xi is expected to meet with President Obama, U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, and other leading business leaders from the United States. Even amidst tensions between the U.S. and China, President Obama...

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Why Jeremy Corbyn has Ed Miliband To Thank for his Victory

Why Jeremy Corbyn has Ed Miliband To Thank for his Victory

In 1994, Great Britain’s Labour Party was going through some tough times. The Conservative Party (also known as the Tories) had been in power since 1979, and Labour Party leader John Smith had just tragically passed of a heart attack. In 1992, there was serious doubt about whether Labour could...

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