Mexico: Unrest Against Fuel Price Hike Risks Sentiment Toward IOCs

January 17, 2017

The Mexican government’s increase of fuel prices has provoked a wave of unrest targeting petrol facilities across the country. In Mexico, the removal of subsidies and deregulation of prices have seen fuel costs go up 14-20% since January 1, sparking a wave of nationwide unrest involving wide...

Iraq: Instability to Persist After the Fall of Mosul

January 12, 2017

The eventual fall of Mosul will mark a significant victory for the Iraqi government and a major defeat for the Islamic State, though the group’s supporters will continue to launch terrorist attacks. On January 8, Iraq’s elite counterterrorism troops reached the eastern bank of the Tigris...

Assimilation in America is Not Black and White

January 02, 2017

The notion of “assimilation” itself may be the source of the struggle, as Americans confront the assimilation of immigrants into their communities, whether they arrive legally or illegally. After spending almost four years arriving at the conclusion that an unprincipled, ignorant,...

The World This Week: John Kerry Tells Hard Truths to Israel

January 01, 2017

In a historic speech, John Kerry all but admits that the most right-wing government in Israeli history has buried his cherished two-state solution. Even as the world rung in the New Year, attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul left many dead. An elected representative in the United States who likes...

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A Bad Year For Music Lovers

December 28, 2016

Looking back at the musicians we lost in 2016. The year 2016 will not only be remembered for Britain’s Brexit and Donald Trump’s stunning victory, but also the artists who sadly passed away. As if the loss of David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen wasn’t hard enough to take, George...

Diplomacy With China is Not That Easy

December 21, 2016

President Trump’s China policy cannot be based on deal making alone. Despite all the anti-Chinese remarks he made, Donald Trump was a surprising hero among Chinese nationalists during the presidential campaign. The former reality TV star drew his support from Chinese netizens either privately...

Donald Trump’s Bomb Squad

December 16, 2016

One or two bomb throwers can blow up the international community. Donald Trump is appointing a whole cabinet of them. Shortly after the November election, a friend sent me a photo via Facebook. It was a sandwich board outside a bookstore in Massachusetts. It read: “Post-apocalyptic fiction...

Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

December 16, 2016

Trump’s clearest indication yet of his policy approach toward the Middle East and North Africa was tucked into a recent thank-you speech in Cincinnati. In a little-noticed thank you speech in Cincinnati, a stop on his tour of battleground states that secured his electoral victory,...

How Can Turkey Stop the Cycle of Terrorism?

December 11, 2016

Erdogan’s government must seek a political resolution to the deepening conflict in Turkey, which has no end in sight. With the latest terrorist attack on Turkish soil—twin blasts close to the Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul that killed at least 38 people and injured many more—the...

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