The Growing Challenge of Foreign Investment and Trade Dominance

In 2013, China introduced its Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) project with the aim of expanding trade networks. China is not the only nation with ambitious plans for investment abroad, with several other nations developing similar programs to capitalize on opportunity or combat Chinese influence. Many of these international foreign investment plans will take time to reveal long-term effects and ultimate success. However, if developed nations seize assets and take advantage of debt-distressed nations, neo-imperialist sentiments could grow again

Transplant Tourism: Taking the Heart out of Organ Donation

A shortage of organ donors, high medical procedure costs, and increasingly long transplant waitlists has led to the rise in medical tourism, which can include the purchase of black market organs and operations abroad. These practices often prey on refugees or the impoverished, who may feel that selling an organ can provide them with the financial means for a better quality of life. While theoretically this market has developed to meet a clear demand, exploitation of vulnerable populations is rampant, making it a challenging and complex system to address.

Culinary Diplomacy and Cultural Soft Power: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Fork

This Photo by English Stuff ESL is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC As many of us have been in quarantine or social distancing situations for months, we may find ourselves missing our favorite local restaurants. Small businesses, particularly in the food industry, have always provided opportunities for immigrants. Though immigrants make up only 13.5% of the … Continue reading Culinary Diplomacy and Cultural Soft Power: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Fork

Nationalist Parties on the Rise in the British Isles Post-Brexit

Undoubtedly, Britain’s exit from the European Union has been controversial since the initial referendum in 2016. The government’s approval rating has fluctuated wildly over time, largely because the process was drawn out over four years and involved three changes in parliamentary leadership. Many attribute Brexit to a rise in nationalism, particularly Euroscepticism, which grew in … Continue reading Nationalist Parties on the Rise in the British Isles Post-Brexit

The Circular Economy for a Regenerative, Greener Future

Living on the east coast of the United States, it is easy to look at bans on plastic straws and plastic bags as the first step towards a sustainable future. Certainly, finding alternatives to common, single-use plastic products is helpful, but these actions are often narrow and isolated within a community. It is strenuous to … Continue reading The Circular Economy for a Regenerative, Greener Future