Category: Global

Time to Start Reading Latin American History!

So long as the European Union continued upon its stately course toward ever-closer union, comparisons with attempts at regional integration in other regions of the world seemed spurious. Fundamentally geopolitical motivation was common to most of these schemes despite their...

/ June 14, 2017

Hungary, the Barbed Wire Fence of Europe

In the summer of 1989, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gyula Horn of Hungary’s ruling Socialist Party and his Austrian counterpart symbolically cut through the barbed wire on the Hungarian-Austrian border; the ‘Iron Curtain’ was rent.  Today, a barbed wire...

/ June 12, 2017

A Brief Reflection on the 2017 UK General Election

The 8 June UK general election resulted in a hung parliament, where no party is able to command a majority in the House of Commons. For readers unfamiliar with British politics or parliamentary systems, this means that the largest party...

/ June 10, 2017

Masculinities at the Margins: A feminist Curiosity of Gender, Militarism and War

For scholars of feminist IR and those applying a critical lens to militaries, gender and war, military masculinities is a familiar concept—one that tells a story with which we are well-acquainted. This is a story of hegemonic gender power and...

/ June 10, 2017

Will Trump Be to Palestinian-Israeli Peace What Nixon Was to the U.S and China?

The last U.S. President successfully to negotiate a major peace agreement on the Arab-Israeli conflict that still stands today was Jimmy Carter in Camp David I, 1978.  That Israeli-Egyptian peace still stands nearly forty years later and is the reason...

/ June 8, 2017

Why Russian Hybrid Warfare Is a Threat To … Russia.

There has been much consternation in America and Europe for the past decade since Russia began practicing hybrid warfare.  Ostensibly initiated by Russian General Valery Gerasimov with PM Putin’s support, hybrid warfare has resulted in Russian taking Crimea without a...

/ June 6, 2017

The Reconstituting of Borders in America

Without doubt, many white, native born adults in the US have reacted negatively to the steady increase of immigrant-origin “others.” Other racial groups have been far less negative, but native born, non-Hispanic whites make up 63% of the US population...

/ June 4, 2017

The Village Knows Better, and Other Forms of Mob Rule

I have been musing over a few issues that have troubled me for some time.  (1) Why does “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child” still stand as a preferred philosophy in the U.S. family courts today, given its...

/ June 2, 2017

What Will Americans, Britons, or Hungarians Do in the Name of Nationalism?

There can be no question about the importance of borders in motivating recent political upheavals in the United States and much of Europe. In case any reader needs reminding, candidate Donald Trump’s slogans were “America First” and “Make America Great...

/ May 31, 2017

Barbarism and What is to be Done: Reforming Discourse in the Classroom

I sometimes lie wide awake at night thinking about what university classrooms could look like in another decade. Huddled tribes of students are sitting in their designated territories, silently and angrily typing messages on social media while a jaded professor...

/ May 26, 2017

Our New Walls: The Rise of Separation Barriers in the Age of Globalization

Separation barriers might seem archaic in a “globalizing” world, but they are increasingly popular worldwide. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, at least forty countries have built new walls. There are more separation walls now than there were in...

/ May 25, 2017

Populism and Religious Nationalism in France and Indonesia

In the first half of 2017 three significant elections took place in which issues of identity and religion were of paramount importance. In France, the Netherlands, and Indonesia we saw how a narrow nationalism based largely upon religious identity has...

/ May 23, 2017

The Global Reconstitution of Borders: A Five-part Symposium

Since the 1950s, European integration has been based on a gradual tearing down of national borders. Progressive moves towards ‘ever closer union’ have made European borders more easily traversable and, until recently, largely invisible. Yet increasing migration—both within and into...

/ May 21, 2017

Which T.V. Show or Movie Does This World Most Resemble?

When I was writing my screen play, I did a lot of research on movies and television shows.  The topic of the screen play was a much-maligned ancient Middle Eastern Queen, who I presented as, basically, an Arab woman.  Given...

/ May 19, 2017

How to Convince Kim Jong Un to Denuclearize North Korea

Kim Jong Un is in a great bargaining position.  This may seem counterintuitive as the United States and South Korea moves toward conflict with North Korea but a lot of the increase in tension stems from the inability to penetrate...

/ May 16, 2017

The Art of Strategy

In a world full of political, military, and geostrategic transitions, we feel that it is important to add two more voices to the chorus of those that intently observe world events and are concerned with the potential of future conflict....

/ May 16, 2017

Why Macron’s Victory Is a Triumph for Disillusionment and Populism

With Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders defeated, it is easy to believe that Western liberal democracy has triumphed over the short-lived populist wave of Brexit and Trump. Fresh-faced, media-savvy, and with a huge fan base, Emmanuel Macron has become...

/ May 16, 2017

Brexit: The 1975 and 2016 Referenda Compared

Older people usually vote against change. The BREXIT vote was therefore unusual because younger people often supported the ‘remain’ campaign while many older people voted to leave. The latter frequently justify their votes in the 2016 referendum by arguing that...

/ May 14, 2017

What I Learned Fending off Wild Camels in Pamukkale (A Travelogue)

When I was five years old, I moved from Alaska to Vermont.  We lived in the country in Vermont situated in-between several large farms.  In order to get to a neighbor’s house, one had to walk through fields and ravines...

/ May 11, 2017

Iceland: A Pop-culture Powerhouse at the Top of the World

In early May 2017, Bloomberg Financial reported that the Icelandic krona was the world’s best performing currency, outpacing all others against the euro and the US dollar over the previous year. Moreover, it shows no signs of slowing down and...

/ May 9, 2017

Brexit: The View from Germany

Since the onset of the sovereign debt crisis engulfing the EU’s common currency, the Euro, complaints about German dominance in EU decision-making have been commonplace, particularly from the political left, most notably from Greece’s Syriza party and Podemos in Spain....

/ May 7, 2017