The Result of the Warsaw Climate Negotiations: Climate Inaction?

The Result of the Warsaw Climate Negotiations: Climate Inaction?

Over the past couple of weeks, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change convened in Warsaw, Poland to make progress toward reducing global carbon emissions. Anticipating the 2015 climate talks in Paris, the Warsaw discussions fell disappointingly short of any substantive development toward a long-lasting plan to implement emissions...

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Iranian Nuclear Deal: Obama’s Reason for Cautious Optimism

        After three decades of cold hostility between Washington, D.C., and Tehran, the Obama administration has provided reason for cautious optimism in American-Iranian relations. On November 23, Secretary of State Kerry announced the signing of an initial nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries (United States,...

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The Aftermath of the Haiyan Typhoon

The Aftermath of the Haiyan Typhoon

Last week, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged East Asia, damaging infrastructure and displacing millions. The storm was another in an already impactful typhoon season for the region. However, the Philippines was impacted the most, with the majority of its population affected through flooding and lack of clean water. Currently, the death toll...

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America’s Spying Addiction

America’s Spying Addiction

Trust no one, suspect everyone; that seems to be the NSA’s mantra. Since 2002, the agency has been tapping the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the most powerful political figure in Europe. The leaking of this information has sparked international outrage, illuminating the disturbing truth that no one is...

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We Meant Well: The Failures of U.S. Foreign Aid in Africa

1,000,000,000,000. It’s a number hard to grasp. It’s a number that won’t fit in a standard calculator. It’s enough to give every single person in the United States $3257. It’s enough to reach the sun if you laid that many dollar bills end to end. It’s enough to buy all the...

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Sino-Japanese Tension Grows Over Island Dispute

Once again, tensions have risen between China and Japan relating to a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands. The islands, called the Diaoyu Islands by China, have been a sensitive spot in Sino-Japanese relations in recent years. The tensions were reignited when Japan reported on September 9th an unmanned aircraft...

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Less is Not More: The Consequences of China’s One Child Policy

Less is Not More: The Consequences of China’s One Child Policy

Since the economic crisis of 2008, the United States’ future role in the international community has often been viewed with doom and gloom. Talk of an end to American exceptionalism has largely been linked to China’s seemingly inevitable emergence as the premier international superpower. With their GDP growth dwarfing the...

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US Diplomacy With Iran Creates Rift With Israel

US Diplomacy With Iran Creates Rift With Israel

Since he became President of Iran in early August, Hassan Rouhani has pursued a more open and friendly rhetoric and foreign policy with the United States than did his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Last week, Iran participated in diplomatic talks in Geneva with the US, UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia—the...

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What to do With Foreign Aid: The $37 Billion Question

What to do With Foreign Aid: The $37 Billion Question

What would you do with $37 billion dollars?  With that much money, you could seemingly buy anything.  You could buy yachts, mansions, cars, 37 billion McDoubles—or you could take that money and distribute it to other nations for humanitarian and military assistance.  Though the other options seem appealing, our leaders...

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The Debt Crisis: We All Know How Congress Is Reacting, But What About the Rest of the World?

As the United States Congress plays chicken with the current debt crisis, international leaders are showing much less patience with America’s current state of affairs. Predictably, countries that have substantial investment in US assets are paying close attention to the possible futures of their finances, and they do not like...

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