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Suleimani’s death won us the battle, but may cost us the peace

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January 21, 2020

On January 2nd, a US drone strike killed ten individuals on the Baghdad Airport Road. Key among them was the deputy chief of the Iraqi pro-Iranian paramilitary group the Popular Mobilization Forces (P.M.F.) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and the leader of the Iranian Revolutio...

January 13, 2020

"You have the watches. We have the time."

A saying among Afghan locals, reflecting decades of foreign intrusion, attributed to a captured Taliban fighter. It means that the foreign forces will one day leave, while the locals will always stay.

Last month, a series of prev...

January 1, 2020

I was in my last day of contemporary U.S. history class a couple weeks ago, engaging in a discussion on the future of American foreign policy following over 150 years of clodhopping foreign relations in the Middle East, Central America, and South Asia. The topic natura...

December 28, 2019

As of July this year, our current economic expansion has become the longest in recorded American history. Starting in 2009, the U.S. has seen over 10 years of continued economic growth; unfortunately, this trend may not continue much longer. The oft-repeated praises of...

December 23, 2019

The most important yet under-discussed part of the Democratic debate three days ago was the exchange on China between South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg and anti-Trump billionaire Tom Steyer. Though they did not attack each other directly, their responses to the moderator...

December 17, 2019

The Iowa caucuses are often held up as both a strong indicator of how a presidential campaign will play out and a somewhat perfect representation of the state of democracy in America. Unfortunately for everyone but the handful of highly politically-engaged, racially ho...

December 3, 2019

Last month, we found out something that was not especially surprising but extremely concerning. A study by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman showed the richest 400 Americans now pay a lower effective tax rate than the bottom 50 percent of Americans. In short,...

November 24, 2019

In the Pacific Ocean, the island of Bougainville, currently part of Papua New Guinea (PNG), is poised to become the newest nation in the international system since South Sudan in 2011. On November 23 of this year, citizens of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB)...

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