Austria Opens Shops as WHO Warns Against Moving Too Fast

Written by: Sophia Halverson As the rest of Europe has been struggling with COVID-19, Austria has mostly flattened the curve and is ready to make decisive steps toward returning to normal. While most countries in Europe were still struggling with whether or not to institute full shutdowns, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for a decisive…

The Forgotten Crisis of 2020

Written by: Cormac O’Harrow We are almost six months into 2020, and everybody can agree upon the fact that this is, to say the least, a tumultuous time to be alive. The country has already seen a global pandemic, an economic recession, impeachment trial, and an upcoming election. But there’s one area that seems everybody…

South Africa at Crossroads: Land Reform and Redistribution

Written by: Cooper Stewart Controversy erupted in U.S.-South African relations recently when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sharply criticized South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to enact his plan for distributing land to the country’s black majority. Although Pompeo and Ramaphosa both believe that land redistribution will impact the South African economy, they are…

Election Casts an Uncertain Future for South America’s Newest Petro-State

Written by: Jadalyn Eagens Guyana is the third poorest country in South America with a population of about 780,000 people, roughly four times the population of Madison. The former British sugar colony recently discovered oil 120 miles off its coast, the timing of which coincided with the country’s presidential elections, which took place on March…

Surviving COVID-19: China’s Economic Aftermath

Written by: Lauren Hutson China ranks as the second largest economy in the world and is also the fastest-growing trillion-dollar economy. With a staggering GDP of $14.14 trillion in 2019, it makes up 16.38% of the global economy. Thus, the widespread haltage of business activity from the coronavirus epidemic has had serious implications for an…

Olympic Disruption: The Give and Take of the World’s Games

Written by: Riley Fink As if it needs to be stated by anyone else, we are living in unprecedented times. As isolation grips us and societies and economies grind to a halt all around the world, many have been quick to call this period a new normal, or even a new world order, as if…

Why India is not the New Silicon Valley

Written by: Abby Ivancevich India’s recent economic growth has been historic and promising for developing countries around the world. However, in recent years, its lack of economic growth curtailed hopes of becoming a global technological power. India’s unique history of colonization and the caste system are sadly still part of the makeup of society and…

It’s a Tough Time to be a Startup

Written by: Dana Craig In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech dissecting the economic state of America. He declared that, “Area after area has been preempted altogether by the great corporations [and now] the small man starts under a handicap.” Roosevelt went on to predict with eerie accuracy a time in our history when…

The Consequences of Rising Amazon Deforestation for Indigenous People

Written by: Lauren Hutson According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, between August 2018 and July 2019, the Amazon Rainforest lost 3,769 square miles of rainforest due to deforestation. This marks the highest rate of deforestation since 2008 and is a 30% increase from the previous year. In addition, an intense surge of fires…