Israeli American Quid Pro Quo

Written by: Michael Warren On August 12th, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government banned two American congresswomen, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, from entering Israel at the urging of President Trump. Later that week, the Israeli government conditionally allowed Tlaib to enter the country if she promised “not to promote boycotts” while visiting her grandmother…

The Failures of the American Counterinsurgency Against the Taliban

Written by: Ariana King In 2001, the United States invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban under suspicion that it was hiding Osama Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda members after the 9/11 attacks. Eighteen years later, the United States is in the process of negotiating a peace agreement with the Taliban in which U.S. troops will…

Instanbul’s Groundbreaking Mayoral Election

Written by: Matthew Maurice Mayoral elections are often unexciting affairs, coupled with low turnout. With the exception of maybe New York and a couple other major US cities, most Americans would likely struggle to name any other mayor (including their own). Even the historic election of Lori Lightfoot to be Chicago’s next mayor, becoming both…

Three Key Takeaways From the Fight Against ISIS

Written by: Daniel Yun On March 23rd, 2019, U.S.-backed coalition forces finally captured the last remaining Syrian town, Baghuz, held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A once mighty caliphate, the terrorist organization has wreaked havoc and terror in the Middle East for the last five years. In response, the United States…

Netanyahu and His Legal Woes

Written by: Rachel Watson Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is at risk of losing the April 9 election due to legal issues after 13 years in office. The charges that have been brought against Netanyahu are fraud, bribery, and breach of trust in connection to three separate cases. One such case is Case 1000,…

Contentious Partnership: The U.S. Military Withdrawal from Syria

Written by: Ariana King On December 19th, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria within 30 days, claiming that the Islamic State (IS), an Islamist extremist group, had been defeated and that U.S. troop presence was no longer necessary.  This decision was met with significant domestic and international…

A Taliban Resurgence: Investigating U.S. Counterinsurgency Mistakes

Written by: Ariana King As of January 19th, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has individually met with all parties involved in the seventeen-year-long war that began with the 2001 U.S. ouster of the Taliban government. The Taliban is an Islamist extremist group which has imposed harsh Sharia law on the Afghan people…

Mission Accomplished? Why Trump Cannot Withdraw Troops in Syria

Written by: Daniel Yun On January 16th, 2019 four American troops were killed by an Islamic State suicide bomber in Syria. This incident came weeks after President Donald Trump declared the war against ISIS (ISIL or the Islamic State) won and ordered the withdrawal of American troops. The withdrawal process has already started with American…