Reconsidering Refugee Camps

The ongoing refugee crisis has left more refugees than ever living in host communities and refugee camps for long periods of time. While host communities and refugee camps are supposed to be temporary situations ending in either resettlement or repatriation, nationalistic rhetoric and expanding crises have made refugee camps especially more permanent places. However, for … Continue reading Reconsidering Refugee Camps

Section 702: The Debate is Not Going Away

Late in 2017, Congress was trying to conclude a process that has, in recent years, become a fixture of national politics and a symbol of Washington gridlock: annual budget negotiations. More accurately, this process, which results in government funding for two-to-three-month increments, should be described as a dangerous brinkmanship which has the potential to seriously … Continue reading Section 702: The Debate is Not Going Away

Catalonia and the EU’s Responsibility to Help

Catalonia, currently an autonomous community within Spain, has its own culture, language, and history - including a long tradition of separatism. Its most recent attempt at independence came in the form of a referendum earlier this month. The Spanish government banned the referendum, arguing that it was unconstitutional. đź“Š Resultats del Referèndum de #1OCT pic.twitter.com/2jGFL1xLz1 … Continue reading Catalonia and the EU’s Responsibility to Help

A Renewed Case for Diplomacy with North Korea: Missile Defense Is Not Yet Reliable

North Korean ballistic missile tests over the past eight months have been a significant cause of concern in the United States and around the world. Recently, the U.S. has taken an increasingly aggressive posture, culminating in Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly, during which he threatened to "totally destroy North Korea” in defense … Continue reading A Renewed Case for Diplomacy with North Korea: Missile Defense Is Not Yet Reliable

Russia Looks West, and the US Should be Wary

On Thursday, September 14th, Belarus will see an influx of Russian troops participating in joint exercises with the Belarusian army in the largest Russian military exercises since the end of cold war. These exercises will cover a vast amount of land, from Western Russia, to throughout Belarus, to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the … Continue reading Russia Looks West, and the US Should be Wary

Preventing Ethnic Cleansing: Alternative Strategies for Myanmar

In February 2017, the United Nations accused Myanmar security forces of engaging in crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine province. Myanmar is not a war zone. In fact, Myanmar is a newly established democracy as of 2015, and their de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is a nobel laureate. The population … Continue reading Preventing Ethnic Cleansing: Alternative Strategies for Myanmar

What’s Really at Stake in the Battle Over the Travel Ban

On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear arguments over President Trump’s executive orders barring the entrance of individuals from 6-7 majority muslim nations (the second executive order removed Iraq from the list of included nations) and the indefinite suspension of the U.S. refugee program. Until the official arguments … Continue reading What’s Really at Stake in the Battle Over the Travel Ban

Authorizing Military Force: The Mistakes of 2001 and Remedies for the Future

The date was September 14th, 2001. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) was delivering a one-and-a-half minute speech on the US House of Representatives floor in an attempt to persuade at least some of her colleagues to vote against authorizing the use of force in Afghanistan.  Quoting a member of the clergy to whom she had listened … Continue reading Authorizing Military Force: The Mistakes of 2001 and Remedies for the Future

America’s Abandonment of its Role Abroad

President Trump has proven in the short 140 days of his presidency that his “America First” ideology is nothing but dangerous isolation. While the president has struggled in carrying out many of his more specific goals and promises (tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, infrastructure, building a wall) this one broad belief in self-imposed American … Continue reading America’s Abandonment of its Role Abroad