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Mexican 2018 Presidential Election

By Thomas Bell In 1990, Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa famously declared that “México es una dictadura perfecta”; “Mexico is a perfect dictatorship.” The validity of his statement may not seem…

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Caption: Gun policy continues to be an international issue [Elaine Thompson/AP Photo] (Al Jazeera)

Global Gun Policy

By Emma Donahue Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. From the years 1996 to 2012, there have been ninety mass shootings in the United States. The runner up is the Philippines, with only eighteen. Recently, we…

Caption: View of Sana'a, Yemen, January 24, 2010 (Wikipedia)

The Middle East’s Vietnam

By Casie Slaybaugh The civil war occurring in the country of Yemen since 2014 has harbored the most overlooked and devastating civilian tragedy since the Vietnam War. This fight between the Hadi government, supported by…

Men holding Greenlandic flags during Greenland’s National Day Celebrations in Sisimiut, Greenland, June 21, 2010 (Wikimedia, Algkalv)

The Case for Greenlandic Independence

By Thomas Bell In the past few weeks, the independence crisis in Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia has captivated the international community.  A complicated tangle of history, regionalism, constitutional law, and Spanish retaliation to the…


Iraqi Kurdistan: To Free Or Not To Free

By Casie Slaybaugh, Guest Writer  The Kurdish Freedom Referendum that took place on September 25th, 2017 brought to light the long-enduring plight of a stateless nation. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been semi-autonomous since 1970….

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, left, poses for a photograph with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, at Kiir's office in Juba, South Sudan. Adriane Ohanesian/REUTERS

Sudanese Sanctions Lifted

By Javan Latson For much of the nineties Sudan was very much an international pariah. The regime of President Omar Al-Bashir and the National Islamic Front tested the patience of its neighbors and the global…

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The Looming Crisis in the Heart of Africa

By Thomas Bell Africa as a continent has a complicated history, but its modern past has been unstable and violent.  African countries, unable to cope with the ethnic, political, and economic constraints imposed by European…