Post-Baghdadi ISIL

On July 9, 2020, Posted by , In Middle East, With No Comments

By: Christian Hawkes Summary The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) has faced major setbacks in the past year. The twin shocks of the previous year — the loss of the group’s final territories in Syria in March 2019 and the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during…

Chinese Expansion in the South China Sea

On July 8, 2020, Posted by , In Asia, By ,, , With No Comments

By Brayden McFadden In the past five years China has become increasingly aggressive about asserting their authority over greater and greater swathes of the South China Sea through the creation and militarization of artificial islands. One aspect of this expansion that has drawn considerable ire from the US is the…

No Laughing Matter: The Rise of Ukraine’s Comedian-President

On July 8, 2020, Posted by , In Europe, By ,, , With No Comments

By Nate McGhie In the wake of the 2014 Euromaidan uprisings in Ukraine, comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy created, produced, and starred in “Servant of the People”, a TV series about an unknown history teacher winning the presidential elections. The show is a satirical take on the corruption and inefficiency…

To Win or to Lose: The Battle of COVID: Comparing Methodologies of the U.S., Italy, and South Korea

On June 15, 2020, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,, , With No Comments

By: Amanda Gach and Samantha Pearse April 24, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has infected over two and a half million people, with numbers quickly rising each day. Impacting the respiratory functions of the body, this virus ravages the elderly and those with underlying health conditions such as asthma and diabetes….

UAE-Iranian Relations

On May 24, 2020, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With Comments Off on UAE-Iranian Relations

By: Nathan McQuarrie The UAE’s primary goals in its relations with Iran are to avoid conflict and prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Recently, the UAE has pursued these goals through a warming of relations with Iran. Traditionally however, the UAE pursued those goals by joining the Saudi-U.S.-led pressure campaign…