Vanderbilt Political Review

Now That Cher is Dead

April 9, 2013

Rare Earth Elements: The Energy Question of the 21st Century?


April 5, 2013

While issues pertaining to oil production and dependence have dominated headlines in years past, perhaps America’s real energy concern right now should be focused on rare earth elements. China, our fiercest global economic competi...

What’s Happening in Cyprus and Why Do We Care?

Ryan Higgins

March 21, 2013

Cyprus, a seemingly insignificant Mediterranean isle near Greece and Turkey, has been experiencing a massive debt crisis in recent weeks, one that could actually have profound effects on the international community.  The Cypriot...

Understanding France’s 75% Supertax


February 24, 2013

            In September 2012, France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande unveiled a temporary 75% marginal tax rate on individuals earning more than one million euros a year, an outrageous amount compared to the Amer...

Welcome to the Age of Cyber Warfare

Alex Smalanskas-Torres

February 20, 2013

Mandiant, a U.S. security firm recently released a report accusing China of orchestrating or being involved in cyber espionage. Mandiant says it has been collecting evidence since 2004 connecting China to a variety of so called...

The Politics of Labels

Katie Miller

February 15, 2013

Prof. Dr. Schavan, former German education minister, was forced to resign from her post last Saturday after the explosion of a plagiarism scandal that reached back more than thirty years. In addition to her expulsion from the...

An Equal Opportunity Offender

Alison Shanahan

February 12, 2013

On February 11th, Pope Benedict XVI made news by being the first pope since 1415 to retire. As priests and Vatican officials reach out to parishes, both Catholic and secular media broils with the questions “what next?” and “wil...

North Korea Nuclear Test Sets Off Waves of Anxiety

Liesel Burks

February 12, 2013

As of early Tuesday morning, the North Korean government confirmed that they had successfully conducted a third nuclear test, saying it “used a miniaturized device that had a greater explosive force than previous tests”, as...

A Divided Knesset Will Mean Difficulties for Netanyahu

Kate Harsh

January 30, 2013

Last week, Israeli citizens voted in the elections of the 19th Knesset, with current Prime Minister Netanyahu narrowly winning a majority. While the election was a victory for Netanyahu on paper, he was severely weakened by the res...

A War of Words in Gaza

Harrison Ebeling

November 28, 2012

Israel and Hamas have extended the olive branch—for the moment. The rockets have stopped firing, but a war of public opinion will continue as the balance of power shifts in the Middle East. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and...

Africa Rising

Ryan Higgins

October 24, 2012

As the rest of the world is still trying to resurrect itself from economic crisis, a new economic player is beginning to emerge.  Africa is beginning to prove itself on an international stage, becoming an increasingly important ...

Whither Canada?

Noah Fram

October 22, 2012

The next and final Presidential debate is about foreign policy, or so the official statements claim.  I fully expect it to feature cutting taxes and reforming health care anyway, but that’s really beside the point.  There...

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