How Russian Propaganda Informs Its Domestic and Foreign Policy

Written by: Audrey McGrory Like banyas, Matryoshka dolls, and dachas, propaganda has been prevalent in Russia for centuries, defining itself as not merely a well-used political tactic, but a cultural fixture as quintessential as other Russian practices and customs. The use of propaganda by the Russian government has been potent in Russian society—withstanding the political,…

Steady the Ship: EU-US Relationship in the Wake of the Ukraine Crisis

Written by: Aleksander Cwalina The transatlantic relationship is back. In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, the United States and its European allies in the European Union have marched in lockstep against Russian aggression. This has included sending arms and supplies to embattled Ukraine and severely sanctioning Russia – cutting…

Winter Olympics 2022: Soft Power in the Contemporary International System

Written by: Ken Wang  The Olympics, whether held in summer or winter, have always been a symbol of athleticism, friendly competition, a time for peace, a chance to improve diplomatic relationships, and an opportunity to promote the image of the host country. China recently hosted the 2022 Winter Olympics, and it was a great success…

Colombia Joins Latin American Push to Decriminalize Abortion 

Written by: Elena Cata After decades of relentless campaigning, abortion activists in Colombia reveled in their victory in the streets of Bogota on February 21. The historic ruling from the Colombian Constitutional Court legalized abortion up until 24 weeks of a pregnancy and removed the procedure from the country’s criminal code. Following in the recent…

Lessons Yet to be Learned: War in Ukraine

Written by: Ken Wang In the past few weeks, almost all of the news that we have seen is related to Ukraine, Russia, or sanctions in some capacity. There are daily updates on military actions in Ukraine and economic sanctions imposed on Russia followed by statements and/or reactions from the White House, American allies in…

The Anti-Coup Resistance that Halted Sudan’s Transition to Democratic Rule

Written by: Garrett Halak Sudan has been considered the “coup laboratory” of the world with a history of approximately 15 attempted coups, 10 of which were thwarted. For many, these coups are a part of Sudanese life, and while there existed hope for eventual stability in early 2021, another coup was impending.  Throughout January of…

Haitians Left Stranded in Mexico: Biden Must Deliver on a Broken Promise  

Written by: Elena Cata “He has definitely failed us,” said Tessa Petit, Haitian-immigrant activist and  co-executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “Joe Biden came to Little Haiti and said, “‘We will protect you.’ We’ve never seen this before. Literally, it feels like an attack towards Hatitians.” The election of Joe Biden in 2020 brought…

The Emergence of A Civil War – Increasingly Deadly Battles in Myanmar

Written by: Garrett Halak February 1st marks the one-year anniversary of the Myanmar military’s seizure of power and a prompt end to the country’s democratization process. The WIRe covered the inception of Tatmadaw’s rise to power in a previous article here. This coup d’etat occurred just prior to the second five-year term of Suu Kyi…