How Can International Students Boost the U.S. Economy? – Part II
Foreign Policy / Immigration / Politics

How Can International Students Boost the U.S. Economy? – Part II

Many international students have been leaving the United States after successful completion of their studies. The vast majority of them have been worried about obtaining visas and jobs in fields of their interest since the U.S. current immigration system does not offer any feasible way of how to stay in the country after graduation. Although … Continue reading

Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Africa: Obama’s “Entry Screening”
Foreign Policy / National Security

Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Africa: Obama’s “Entry Screening”

“Entry Screening” is among the latest concerns in the White House.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, met with President Obama and a group of top health and security officials Monday.  They deliberated over creating additional screening requirements for travelers entering the U.S. from African nations stricken with … Continue reading

Tired of Being a Satellite: Ukraine’s Shifting Orbit in the Post-Soviet Space
Europe / Foreign Policy / Politics

Tired of Being a Satellite: Ukraine’s Shifting Orbit in the Post-Soviet Space

On Tuesday September 16, Ukraine’s parliament ratified an association agreement with the European Union. The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France approved the deal on the same day, solidifying the prospect of free trade between the former Soviet state and the EU’s 28 members. While on the surface the accord appears a decisive step towards the … Continue reading

Is It Time to Lift the Cuba Embargo?
Foreign Policy / Latin America / Politics / Sanctions

Is It Time to Lift the Cuba Embargo?

Appearing before the Council on Foreign Relations last month, Hilary Clinton took a decisive stance opposite that of the administration as she called for an end to the half-century old U.S embargo against Cuba. “The embargo is Castro’s best friend. It provides Castro an excuse for everything,” Clinton stated, arguing that the embargo now serves … Continue reading

An Incomplete Pivot?
Central Asia / China / Energy / Foreign Policy

An Incomplete Pivot?

Obama’s “pivot” towards East Asia is, by most accounts, a strategy meant to reassure American allies in the region and to warily contain China. However, in choosing to focus on the Pacific, the administration is perhaps overlooking the importance of energy security to achieving its strategic aims. China has been moving aggressively in this regard, … Continue reading