Americas

Brazil’s Party Problem


A 2016 study found that 79 percent of Brazilians don’t trust politicians or the political system. One of the main reasons Brazilians believe their concerns are not being represented is the country’s overabundance of parties. Brazil currently has thirty-six political parties; and the number is growing. This has led to...

Americas

The Con-Artists Guiding U.S. Foreign Policy


Just like the global economy, the media, and party politics, foreign policy is largely run by a cadre of wealthy and highly educated elites who attract the criticism of outsiders. Not all criticism is created equal however, with the foreign policy establishment attracting the ire of those running the gamut of worldly...

Europe

The European-Ukrainian Nuclear Mistake


Since the end of the Cold War, Europe has botched several major security crises, from refugees to referenda. Europe’s worst mistake was the nuclear disarmament of Ukraine 23 years ago. It continues to have lasting, negative consequences for European security. In 1991, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine...

Global

Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017: Codifying Commitments from the U.S. National Action Plan


Though women around the world are profoundly and disproportionately affected by violent conflict, both during and in the often-amorphous post-conflict period, there is a global recognition that all must work to ensure meaningful inclusion and participation of...

Europe

Europe’s High-Tech Protectionism


The trade war is on. When the European Union (EU) slapped Google with a €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) fine, it signaled to the continent that it would not allow its competitive landscape to be dictated by the search engine that millions of Europeans use every...

Americas

Depoliticizing Democratic Crises at the OAS


At the Organization of American States’ (OAS) 47th General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico, representatives from the across the Americas voted on whether or not to censure Venezuela in an effort to address the democratic and humanitarian on-going crisis....

Global

An International Insolvency Court; Is it time to reconsider the concept (again)?


In the early 2000s, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—an organization of member countries that works to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—contemplated the creation of a sovereign debt restructuring mechanism, including a sovereign...

Americas

Venezuela’s Biggest Losers


Venezuela is on fire. An economic meltdown resulting from the disastrous policies of the “Bolivarian Revolution” has spawned broad speculation as to the outcome of this socioeconomic upheaval, which includes a Soviet-style collapse. With the currency...