Asia

ISIS’s Threat to the 2018 World Cup


Since the early days of the Islamic State (ISIS) there has been a preoccupation with the risk posed by foreign fighters returning home. With the attacks in Paris and Brussels, the world has seen how much damage these fighters can do. Recently, ISIS-linked media groups threatened the World Cup, which will be held in...

Americas

Puerto Rico: The Worst-Performing Economy in 2018


Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico earlier this year, leaving fifty people dead, destroying thousands of homes, and putting 5,000 small companies out of businesses. To alleviate this crisis and rebuild Puerto Rico’s economy, Congress and the Trump and...

Fellowship

Fissile Materials Must Be Controlled


On September 14, 2017, the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) hosted a panel with Japanese officials regarding the 47 metric tons of plutonium the Japanese government has stockpiled in the country. One of the panelists, a former US nuclear...

Europe

The Looming Crisis in Italy


With low growth, chronic unemployment, and crippling public debt, Italy checks all the boxes for a looming financial crisis. Yet, with its upcoming elections next year and the rise of new players in Italian politics, the country faces even greater political...

Global

Withdrawing from UNESCO: Symbolism and Next Steps


On October 12, 2017, the United States announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing a perceived anti-Israel bias and a politicized organizational mission. In general, UNESCO’s stated...

Americas

The Need to Defend Rights Over Stability


During a 2014 trip to Berlin, I was in a cab headed down to a museum and the cab driver had on a Latin music radio station. As we approached the Brandenburg Gate, the song Desapariciones, about the “disappearances” that occurred during many of Latin America’s...