Lack of Peace in the Afghan-Taliban “Peace” Talks
Foreign Policy / Middle East / Politics

Lack of Peace in the Afghan-Taliban “Peace” Talks

On Tuesday, the United States, Afghanistan, and the Taliban agreed to participate in peace talks in Doha, Qatar.  But by Wednesday the Afghan government had pulled out of the talks and the American government remained confused and stung by the broken promise of discussion.  The already rocky-road to peace represents what is to come, and how … Continue reading

The Fine Line Between Mending and Meddling
America / Economy / Foreign Policy / Middle East

The Fine Line Between Mending and Meddling

The United States is the largest giver of foreign aid in the world, providing $49.5 billion in economic and military assistance in 2011. Clearly, charity is one of our strong suits. But with the slow economic recovery, and approximately $12 trillion in national debt, the fact is that we cannot afford to keep this up. … Continue reading

Social Media and International Affairs: A Question of Ethics.
Communications / Latin America / Middle East / Politics

Social Media and International Affairs: A Question of Ethics.

In today’s world where people get their news from platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Google, ethical standards reasonably come into question. Entire internet platforms are now starting to notice the impact they have on public opinion, and are starting to take a stand for what they feel is right. Take, for example, last … Continue reading

The Changes in the World that Keep Syria Ignored.
Middle East

The Changes in the World that Keep Syria Ignored.

It’s been two years since the contagion effect of the Arab Spring reached Syrian territory. Today, the number of refugees, deaths, war crimes and disappearances are skyrocketing; still, the international community remains silent. The United Nations Refugee Agency reported 1 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries this week. According to the agency, “around 7,000 to … Continue reading

Middle East

Politics of Military Force in the 2nd Gaza War

After the initial phase of Pillar of Defense the situation in Gaza has escalated. Both sides appeared ready to “climb the mountain of conflict”. Looking back, it would be beneficial to understand the mechanics behind this altercation and what possible ramifications developed from the Second Gaza War.   Following the assassination of Ahmed Jabari, the … Continue reading