INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR WALTER RUSSEL MEAD

Joe Becker Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and has also taught American Foreign Policy at Yale. He is the “Global View” columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and a scholar at the Hudson Institute. He has also been a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of Aspenia, Aspen … Continue reading INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR WALTER RUSSEL MEAD

CREATING A PATH TOWARD UNIVERSAL NATIONAL SERVICE

Guest Contributor: William Lloyd The litany of issues plaguing America seem painfully pervasive at the moment. As the federal government attempts to mitigate the ongoing health crisis, the country’s rampant inequity and pestilential fissures remain painfully ubiquitous. It’s not as if people weren’t well aware of the entrenched inequities prior to the crisis. People knew that the country that pays the most for healthcare globally also … Continue reading CREATING A PATH TOWARD UNIVERSAL NATIONAL SERVICE

ENDANGERED MUSEUMS: HOW COVID-19 THREATENS CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

Jia Yu As dust finally settles onto the cold marbled floors, a hollow silence prevails over the galleries and winding corridors. Invaluable paintings still hang on the walls and frozen statues yet reside on their pedestals. However, in the midst of our global pandemic, gone are the days where visitors from all corners of the world would pack into the museums, anxiously hoping to beset … Continue reading ENDANGERED MUSEUMS: HOW COVID-19 THREATENS CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

REGIONAL COOPERATION IN SOUTH ASIA: A DREAM OR REALITY?

Kanishkh Kanodia On March 15th, citizens of eight South Asian nations witnessed a historic spectacle: their leaders came together through a virtual conference to formulate a regional strategy in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Initiated by the Prime Minister of India, this conference by SAARC—the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation—came at a time when the collective number of cases in the subcontinent had barely … Continue reading REGIONAL COOPERATION IN SOUTH ASIA: A DREAM OR REALITY?

ZIMBABWE AND THE PERILS OF REVOLUTION

Joe Becker Two and a half years ago, on November 19th, 2017, the once unthinkable happened. Robert Mugabe, at the time one of the oldest dictators in the world, resigned the Presidency of Zimbabwe after more than three decades in power—three decades which had seen the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy, the attempted genocide of the Ndebele people, and the ostracizing of the country to … Continue reading ZIMBABWE AND THE PERILS OF REVOLUTION

SOULS OF SUMPANGO

Jacquelyn Davila The truth is, we never really entered Sumpango, Sacatepequez. It was All Souls’ Day, November 1st, the day before the Day of the Dead, but we did not visit the cemetery. We stopped in the middle of the road and quickly hopped off our ride, a refurbished van that had probably been shipped to Guatemala from Korea. We exited as quickly as a … Continue reading SOULS OF SUMPANGO

THE POLITICS OF OIL

Quang Trinh The coronavirus pandemic would create the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression, said IMF’s head Kristelina Georgieva. In the midst of the global turmoil, friction escalates between two geopolitical powerhouses: Russia and Saudi Arabia. The battle for arguably the world’s most important commodity, oil, should not come as a surprise. As international travel, commerce, and industrial production decline with the institution … Continue reading THE POLITICS OF OIL

ON CHINA’S RISING SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY

Jia Yu Amidst Tengger desert, an arid and inhospitable territory in China’s Inner Mongolia spanned by 36,700 km of yellow sand, there exists a vast, blue oasis. But to the disappointment of any weary travelers fooled by this mirage, they have stumbled upon not a body of water, but rather the Tengger Desert Solar Park. This Solar Park is an oasis of energy that spans … Continue reading ON CHINA’S RISING SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY

CORONAVIRUS AND THE POLITICS OF “OTHER COUNTRIES”

Ben Gelman Even before the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the idea that the United States’ healthcare system ought to be compared and criticized from an international standpoint has been popular. Former Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders often states that “every other major country on Earth has achieved universal health care” as a way of justifying his proposals to nationalize the American healthcare system and create Medicare … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS AND THE POLITICS OF “OTHER COUNTRIES”

EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS: A CASE OF APATHY AND IMPASSE?

By Mohammed Elzubeir Faced with waves of migrants risking their lives in the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better future, the member states of the European Union have struggled to find an equitable manner win which to share the cosmopolitan responsibility1. At this time of seemingly impassable deadlock, scholars are turning to the arguments of earlier thinkers to try and find a solution to … Continue reading EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS: A CASE OF APATHY AND IMPASSE?