Is the Future of Monarchy at Stake?

By Kezia Dickson On March 7th, 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex conducted an interview with Oprah Winfrey that shocked the world. Prior to this interview, members of the royal family rarely ever shared information relating to their personal lives. The last family member to speak out against the royal family was the late Princess of Wales, Diana in her 1995 interview with Martin … Continue reading Is the Future of Monarchy at Stake?

Why Putin’s Strategy to Revive Russia Worked

By Stanley Shapiro Over the last two decades, Russia has slowly dragged itself up in the global hierarchy. Now, it not only wields influence across the world, but also maintains a far improved quality of life domestically. This change was far from inevitable, though. At the end of the nineties, many in the U.S. Government believed Russia could be “safely ignored.” While today we easily … Continue reading Why Putin’s Strategy to Revive Russia Worked

In Moldova, President Sandu brings new focus to expanding ties

Sam Harshbarger On November 15, former Prime Minister and World Bank economist Maia Sandu defeated incumbent President Igor Dodon in Moldova’s most decisive election outcome in recent memory. Sandu’s Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) dealt a decisive electoral blow to Dodon’s Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM), the successor party to Moldova’s post-Soviet dominant communist apparatus. Moldova is a country of … Continue reading In Moldova, President Sandu brings new focus to expanding ties

Nagorno-Karabakh and the Failure of International Diplomacy

Sam Harshbarger On the morning of September 27, fighting erupted along the line of contact between Azerbaijan and the self-declared Armenian statelet of Artsakh in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The conflict marked an escalation of violence after a summer of bloody incidents in Tavush, along the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The fighting heralded a veritable beginning of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, eclipsing past incidents … Continue reading Nagorno-Karabakh and the Failure of International Diplomacy

WHY THE RUSSIAN ORDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS A HOUSE OF CARDS

By Tim Sadov Until very recently, Russia had complete initiative and momentum for order building in the Middle East. While the Trump administration has scaled back commitments to U.S. allies, the Kremlin has built strategic partnerships with the governments of Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. And these decisions seem to be paying off. Following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria in late … Continue reading WHY THE RUSSIAN ORDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS A HOUSE OF CARDS

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

A RUSSIAN-AMERICAN GAME OF CHICKEN IN VENEZUELA

By Tim Sadov Russia has sent troops to Venezuela while the US hasn’t. What explains the disparity in the American and Russian responses to the Venezuela crisis? Steely-nerved tactics in this “game of chicken” are to partly to blame. As the Maduro regime continues to brutally suppress political dissidents and starve its own citizens, the Trump administration continues to oppose the regime and its actions … Continue reading A RUSSIAN-AMERICAN GAME OF CHICKEN IN VENEZUELA

“INCREDIBLE HULK” COMPARISON CONFIRMS BORIS JOHNSON’S FALL TO TRUMP-LEVEL RHETORIC

By Cai Markham Boris Johnson’s recent assertion that the UK will “explode” out of the EU’s “manacles” like the Incredible Hulk, confirms the government’s embrace of White House style delusion. To international mockery, Britain’s prime minister declared that “the madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets”. This comment exemplifies Johnson’s similarity to Trump in two ways. The first is their willingness to make oversimplified statements … Continue reading “INCREDIBLE HULK” COMPARISON CONFIRMS BORIS JOHNSON’S FALL TO TRUMP-LEVEL RHETORIC

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?