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Walled Gardens: Google’s Misstep Highlights Threats to Internet Freedom

On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai found himself testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Subjects discussed ranged from artificial intelligence to political bias to manipulation of search results. Project DragonFly was also on the table, though Pichai was quick to dismiss the endeavor. He told the committee that Google has…

Venezuela and the Risk of “Democratic” Coup D’états

Venezuela continues to face political and economic turmoil. The Chavista regimes of Venezuelan Presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro cracked down on the media and political opposition. The economic situation in the country is, if possible, even more dire, with the International Monetary Fund recently suggesting that inflation rates could reach one million percent this…

Do not be Disappointed if the North Korea Talks Go Nowhere

Since the Korean ceasefire was signed in 1953, North Korea has continued to be a thorn in the United States’ side. Multiple diplomatic standoffs – including the 1968 seizure of the USS Pueblo and the 2003 North Korean withdrawal from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) – have engendered distrust between the two states. The June…

Keep Your Friends Close: The Case for NATO

Recent NATO summits have been tense. Since his presidential campaign, President Trump has repeatedly hammered the other NATO members for not contributing adequately to the alliance. This streak of criticisms, spun as a means to get other NATO members to contribute more, has only served to drive a wedge between the United States and the other…

Indonesia Must Rise to the Challenge of Countering ISIS for ASEAN

There are few incidents as horrifying as the involvement of children in suicide bombings. On May 13, 2018, a family of six that included an eight-year-old girl carried out coordinated ISIS-inspired suicide bombings that struck three churches in Surabaya, the second-largest city in Indonesia, leaving 15 bystanders dead and dozens injured. Later that evening, the…

Climate Change: A Threat to American and International Security

Americans worried about climate change have had many reasons to criticize President Trump. He has withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate accord. His pick for director of the Environmental Protection Agency has refused to even acknowledge that carbon dioxide emissions are warming the planet. And he has promised to revive the American coal…

Walled Gardens: Google’s Misstep Highlights Threats to Internet Freedom

On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai found himself testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Subjects discussed ranged from artificial intelligence to political bias to manipulation of search results. Project DragonFly was also on the table, though Pichai was quick to dismiss the endeavor. He told the committee that Google has…

Venezuela and the Risk of “Democratic” Coup D’états

Venezuela continues to face political and economic turmoil. The Chavista regimes of Venezuelan Presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro cracked down on the media and political opposition. The economic situation in the country is, if possible, even more dire, with the International Monetary Fund recently suggesting that inflation rates could reach one million percent this…

Do not be Disappointed if the North Korea Talks Go Nowhere

Since the Korean ceasefire was signed in 1953, North Korea has continued to be a thorn in the United States’ side. Multiple diplomatic standoffs – including the 1968 seizure of the USS Pueblo and the 2003 North Korean withdrawal from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) – have engendered distrust between the two states. The June…

Keep Your Friends Close: The Case for NATO

Recent NATO summits have been tense. Since his presidential campaign, President Trump has repeatedly hammered the other NATO members for not contributing adequately to the alliance. This streak of criticisms, spun as a means to get other NATO members to contribute more, has only served to drive a wedge between the United States and the other…

Indonesia Must Rise to the Challenge of Countering ISIS for ASEAN

There are few incidents as horrifying as the involvement of children in suicide bombings. On May 13, 2018, a family of six that included an eight-year-old girl carried out coordinated ISIS-inspired suicide bombings that struck three churches in Surabaya, the second-largest city in Indonesia, leaving 15 bystanders dead and dozens injured. Later that evening, the…

Climate Change: A Threat to American and International Security

Americans worried about climate change have had many reasons to criticize President Trump. He has withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate accord. His pick for director of the Environmental Protection Agency has refused to even acknowledge that carbon dioxide emissions are warming the planet. And he has promised to revive the American coal…