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?

ON THE LIMITS OF STUDY ABROAD

By Ben Gelman Why so many Muscovites thought that I might have directions for them, I do not know. It wasn’t just me either, many of my fellow participants of the Moscow Global Seminar this past summer were approached at one point or another on the street by a confused local asking incomprehensible questions about how to get to their destination. None of us spoke … Continue reading ON THE LIMITS OF STUDY ABROAD

DUENDE

By Regina Lankenau and Maya Eashwaran Tener duende podría ser una similitud a tener alma. Es el sentimiento del artista convertido en puro arte. Su talento roza la perfección, es algo mágico y auténtico. “To “have duende” could be likened to having soul. It is the emotions of the artist converted into pure art. Their talent brushes with perfection, it is something magical and authentic.” … Continue reading DUENDE

End Capital Punishment: The Short-Sightedness of Magnitsky Act Sanctions on Kadyrov

By Misha Tseitlin After the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under dubious circumstances that mirror human rights abuses and the eventual death of Sergei Magnitsky in Russia, the lack of an international response has prompted calls for sanctions—often grounded in the justification of the Global Magnitsky Act. However, while many are ready to jump on this new crisis and leverage existing tools, they are quick … Continue reading End Capital Punishment: The Short-Sightedness of Magnitsky Act Sanctions on Kadyrov

A Moral Balancing Act: The Vatican’s Deal With the CCP

By Maggie Baughman ‘21 In late September, the Vatican and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finalized an agreement that both allows for the Vatican to regain some degree of legitimate access to Chinese Catholics, and for the CCP to gain the Pope’s stamp of approval on state-nominated Catholic bishops. The deal can serve as a case study in Xi Jinping’s “Sinicization,” a process of altering ideologies, products, or … Continue reading A Moral Balancing Act: The Vatican’s Deal With the CCP

CH-Ч-Changes: The Geopolitics Behind Kazakh Alphabet Reform

By Leora Eisenberg ‘20 It almost seems like a given that alphabets are a core part of a culture. What some may not understand is that language laws are a tense issue in post-Soviet space. Alphabets are integral to a language and its speakers, in spite of whatever historical revisionism an empire might seek to impose. They are inextricable from a country’s identity, history and culture. … Continue reading CH-Ч-Changes: The Geopolitics Behind Kazakh Alphabet Reform