Important events in Iraq and Yemen are largely being ignored

Important events in Iraq and Yemen are largely being ignored

In the days leading up to the election it seems that all news coverage is focusing on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the spectacle of this election has overshadowed events in the Middle East that are shaping the region as well as the United States’ role in it.  ...

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Doomed to Hope: A Professor’s Journey from Damascus to Vanderbilt

Doomed to Hope: A Professor’s Journey from Damascus to Vanderbilt

By Karim Oliver and Charlotte Mellgard This is the first installment of a series on Syrian refugees in Nashville. Professor Issam Eido taught his last class at the University of Damascus in December of 2011. It was the first year of the Syrian revolution. As he completed his final lecture,...

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Widespread Corruption in the Modern International Sphere – The Panama Papers and Their Repercussions

Widespread Corruption in the Modern International Sphere – The Panama Papers and Their Repercussions

When was the last time you heard relevant news of a ghost corporation, an illegitimate offshore account, or an ominous cover organization as part of money laundering or tax evasion schemes? It has probably been a while. To the misfortune of some of the world’s most influential leaders, that is...

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The Trump of the Netherlands

The Trump of the Netherlands

To many Americans, the rise of Donald J. Trump to the top of the Republican Party has been shocking. After all, his candidacy was largely seen as a joke when he announced it, and his insults to immigrants and calls to ban Muslims have made him a very controversial figure....

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The Gamble of the Century: How “Brexit” threatens the UK’s economy

The Gamble of the Century: How “Brexit” threatens the UK’s economy

“A vote to leave is the gamble of the century. And it would be our children’s futures on the table if we were to roll the dice.” – David Cameron, February 28 The “Brexit” question, of whether or not Britain should leave the EU, is one of the main issues...

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Puerto Rico in the Spotlight: The Supreme Court, Territorial Sovereignty, and Double Jeopardy

Puerto Rico in the Spotlight: The Supreme Court, Territorial Sovereignty, and Double Jeopardy

As a case that could have grand consequences for the Puerto Rican government and its citizens, Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle appears at face value to be a standard case. The facts of the case involve two men in Puerto Rico, charged with violating both local and federal gun laws...

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A New Look For Canada

A New Look For Canada

On October 19, The Canadian federal election was held to elect new members of the House of Commons, Canada’s lower house of Parliament. The three major parties in Canada are the right-leaning Conservative Party, the centrist Liberal Party, and the far-left New Democratic Party. The NDP has never held office...

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Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

In the wake of ISIS’ recent attacks in Paris, terror threats in Belgium, the subsequent online battle between ISIS and the hacker group Anonymous, and stories coming out about ISIS’ unrivaled online recruiting capacity, Jared Cohen’s address at Vanderbilt University last month seems prophetic. In this interview, the Vanderbilt Political...

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité…but not for all

Liberté, égalité, fraternité…but not for all

Life goes on. Nearly three weeks after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, France, the French have returned to their lives. Paris recently hosted a global climate change conference, and on December 6, France will vote in regional elections to determine which party controls each of France’s 13 regions. Like...

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The Burqa Ban: How a New Swiss Law Ignores Freedom of Expression

The Burqa Ban: How a New Swiss Law Ignores Freedom of Expression

The recent terror attacks against Paris have sent shockwaves across the globe. The targeting and bombing of French civilians by ISIL was seen as an attack on the French way of life. The safety and security of the western world is perhaps as questionable now as it was after the...

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