Americas

President-Elect Trump Will Need Help


Yes, Donald J. Trump is the president-elect and will be the commander-in-chief of the most powerful, impactful, and influential country in the world—but also a nation in shock. However, Democrats and Republicans, Trump advocates and “Never Trump” supporters, and anti-Trump national security experts and officials must...

Global

Criticizing the King: A Democratic Right


If there is one thing that unites Americans, it is the ability to insult their political leaders in the public forum.  This cherished tradition certainly reared its head during the election-cycle. Rallying around these insults, people from across the political spectrum used these vitriolic messages to push for their...

Global

All is Not Lost: Maintaining Global Momentum on Climate Without the U.S.


The global outlook on climate change shifted radically in less than a week this November. The Paris Climate Agreement came into force on Friday, November 4, 2016. This allowed negotiators from the signatory countries to begin developing the rules of...

Middle East

Revisiting Old Wounds: A Review of The Shia Revival


With fervent fundamentalists of the Sunni and Shia stripe battling each other in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, sectarianism has become a buzzword for those watching the Middle East. To examine the roots of this worldwide sectarian war, it is important to reconsider...

Asia

Applying the Lessons of Sri Lanka to Syria


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recently issued a major address, his first such speech in months, proclaiming his intention to retake “every inch” of Syria from his opponents. His declaration, combined with Russian intervention on his behalf and the...

Global

The U.S. Should Continue to Support Diaspora Investment Projects


Maintaining ties and supporting family back home has long been a focus of diaspora communities located in the United States.  A diaspora community is one that continues to sustain a strong sense of collective identity, in spite of often extremely large...

Middle East

Inside the Nuclear Deal: Iranian Fashion Revolution


Tehran joined the ranks of London, Paris, and Milan in February 2015, when the city hosted its first ever Fashion Week. Seven designers—the majority of whom were women—participated in the luxury event, which emphasized just how much the rules governing what...