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...

Africa

African Nations Over the Moon


Space, the final frontier, has so far been out of reach for the majority of African countries, even as the space race raged on across North America, Europe, and Asia. Only over the last decade or so have a handful of African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Ethiopia, started to extend their...

Asia

Byzantine History, Russian Autocracy, and the West


The West fails to understand President Putin. To distant observers, the rebellion in Crimea and proxy war in the Donbas seem like the immoral actions of a rogue leader. This could not be further from the truth in Moscow. Although politicians and pundits are quick to accuse the Kremlin of ignoring international norms...

Europe

An Economic Strategy for a United Spain


Spain is on the brink of a political crisis as the confrontation between Catalonia and the central government escalates over Catalonia’s future. The recent developments are indeed a wake-up call for Spain, which must address growing discontents in Catalonia with a long-term economic strategy. In a non-binding...

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...

Global

Post-Caliphate: ISIL and the Dandelion Effect


The withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989 provoked a type of “dandelion effect” in regards to the dispersion of the foreign fighters who had traveled there to wage war against Russia. Some remained to fight the communist government of...

Global

Currency Wars: Repressive Regimes Turned Crypto-Criminals


Bitcoin was first mentioned in a research paper from late 2008 as a form of money that would be untraceable and free from interference by governments and central banks. Anyone with a computer can buy and sell bitcoin and transactions are instantaneous, which...