A Black Hole in the Middle East

By Howard Munson IV Just a few months ago it seemed that an end to the Syrian Civil War was in view. The Syrian government, with Russian air support and Iranian-financed Shia militia fighters from Lebanon, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan had been making steady gains against the remaining pockets of rebel-held territory in the country. […]

Catalonian Independence and Europe’s Future

By Michael Cebert The events that unfolded throughout the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia during the October 1 independence referendum were shocking and polarizing. Spanish riot police of the Guardia Civil, under the mission codenamed Operation Anubis, stormed polling stations in Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona and other Catalan locales in order to prevent the “illegal” independence […]

Pivot to China: Refugee Policy Strains U.S.-Australia Ties

by Gabrielle Dennis The aftermath of President Trump’s first act of diplomacy with Australia has raised concerns of weakening U.S influence in the Asia-Pacific region. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull discussed foreign policy during a call on Saturday, January 28, that allegedly ended in the Trump unceremoniously hanging up on the foreign leader.[1] The […]

2016 Election Edition

by Mark Cebert The Republican Party may have a Donald Trump problem. His proposed policies have resonated with many Americans frustrated with Washington politics. His nationalist and populist rhetoric have reverberated with citizens wary of the threat of ISIS. Donald Trump is connecting with traditional conservative voters, and is bringing what was once fringe conservatism […]