Vanderbilt Political Review

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...

Words Over Benghazi

Kevin Schoelzel

October 19, 2012

It looked like the onset of a Clinton Renaissance. At the Democratic National Convention this year, Bill Clinton’s speech reignited the Democrats. Seemingly still in an uncomfortable truce with the Obama coalition, the Clintonites...

“I Am Malala”: A Battle Cry for Justice

Liesel Burks

October 16, 2012

On October 9th, 2012, a 15-year-old Pakistani female was shot in the head and neck while traveling home on a school bus in a Taliban-run assassination attempt. This young student was Malala Yousafzai, who is from the town of Mi...

“Depends on Your Definition of Ally”

Hannah Jarmolowski

September 27, 2012

A tense situation is developing between President Obama and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and more broadly, between the United States and Egypt. Morsi was elected in June 2012 after Egypt’s former leader, Hosni Mubarak...

Obama & Iran: Borrowing a Page of Nixon’s Playbook

Violet Martin

September 26, 2012

With such a vast amount of controversy swirling over Iran and its nuclear program, it seems almost impossible to decipher which policy option would best serve the United States’ national interest. A scan of the headlines of popula...

The US Election’s Effect on Palestine

Kate Harsh

September 25, 2012

It is difficult to find a conflict more contentious than the decades of violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Given the breadth of the conflict, it is sometimes hard to believe the two will ever come to a diplomatic...

The Iranian Powder Keg

Sam Adkisson

September 18, 2012

Following the death of Ambassador Stephens amidst protests across the Middle East, foreign policy has moved front and center in the 2012 presidential campaign. Against this backdrop, Iran looms large. A recent report released...

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