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

Racism and the Fight Against Terrorism


In August 2017, Spain became the latest European target of terrorism when a Moroccan-born man struck pedestrians with a van in Barcelona, killing 14 people and injuring dozens of others. Unlike many of the country’s European neighbors, such as France, in the recent past Spain appeared safe from terrorist attacks....