Opening the Gates for Gender Representation in Politics

“Obama Health Care Speech to Joint Session of Congress” by Lawrence Jacksonis licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.  Today, 51% of the population in the United States is female, but women  represent only 23.7% of elected officials in Congress.  Even in the year 2020, the state of Vermont has never sent a woman to Congress.  But … Continue reading Opening the Gates for Gender Representation in Politics

Voting in a Post-Pandemic World: What is the Future of Democracy?

Much of the world has come to a standstill in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, now the question is whether democracy will also come to a grinding halt. In response, electoral systems are evaluating whether internet voting, or iVoting, is a viable alternative to traditional in-person polling places.  Several major elections around the world … Continue reading Voting in a Post-Pandemic World: What is the Future of Democracy?

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

Kim Jong-Un Has Health Problems. What Could That Mean for Succession?

Picture: Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un (left), with his sister Kim Yo-Jong Over the last few weeks, intelligence reports suggested that Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, had been absent from official duties. Notably, Kim was missing from public celebrations of his late grandfather Kim Il-sung’s birthday, a major national holiday, and raising speculation about … Continue reading Kim Jong-Un Has Health Problems. What Could That Mean for Succession?

Scarcity in the time of COVID-19: Why America is Failing to Meet Basic Healthcare Needs

Editor’s Note: This story is about a topic which is rapidly evolving at the time of publication. The story is up-to-date as of its date above, and any updates (if provided) will appear at the top of this article. It should come as no surprise that hospitals and medical centers are lacking supplies and resources … Continue reading Scarcity in the time of COVID-19: Why America is Failing to Meet Basic Healthcare Needs

The Assassination of Qassem Soleimani is tied to the past – and future – of US-Iran Relations

On January 3,  the United States conducted a drone strike just outside of Baghdad International Airport that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic.  Iran has trained, equipped, and funded militias throughout the Middle East in places like Iraq, … Continue reading The Assassination of Qassem Soleimani is tied to the past – and future – of US-Iran Relations

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

UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit

UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit With the votes cast in the third election in the United Kingdom in five years, voters have given the Conservative Party an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons. Since this election largely became a proxy battle for the future of Brexit, … Continue reading UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit

Overlooked and Underfed: Migrant Food Security in Singapore

( Burmese migrants peel shrimp in a processing plant in Thailand. (Photo: Thierry Falise/ILO) On October 15th, 2019 the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower (MOM) published the “Foreign Worker Experience Survey” depicting the “well-being and employment conditions” of migrants working in Singapore. The Foreign Workers Survey asked a number of questions, including two questions on food … Continue reading Overlooked and Underfed: Migrant Food Security in Singapore

Election Spotlight: United Kingdom (December 12)

UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit - Dec. 29th, 2019 With the votes cast in the third election in the United Kingdom in five years, voters have given the Conservative Party an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons. Since this election largely became a proxy battle for … Continue reading Election Spotlight: United Kingdom (December 12)