Monthly Archives: June 2012

Be Careful What You Wish For

By: Christopher Linnan Americans tend to have a rather idealized view of the world and how other people think.  We often believe that other nations are composed of good and bad guys, with the former fighting for democracy and the latter fighting for totalitarian rule.  This type of thinking landed us in futile wars in […]

An Airstrike, a Doctor, and Amateurism; Current Issues in US-Pakistan Relations

By: Martin Sigalow Through a combination of tactical and strategic missteps, United States-Pakistan relations have been driven to a historic low by both parties. This paper will explore these missteps in detail. Deteriorating US-Pakistan relations could massively complicate US Afghani counterterrorism operations. The US needs a friendly Pakistan at least until US troops are finally […]

Riyadh’s Nuclear Reaction

By: Matthew Pesce The possibility of a Middle East dominated by nuclear proliferation has occupied the minds of American policymakers for decades. Iraq and Iran are the two countries that come to mind upon a cursory examination of past and present proliferation threats. These two countries are not the only ones that serve as potential proliferation […]

The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention

By: Sweta Maturu Humanitarian intervention is an issue that is hotly contested for its use and non-use. Controversy over its use surrounds issues of sovereignty and the norm of non-intervention. The failures of the international community to respond adequately to the crimes against humanity during the 1990s contribute to the controversy over its non-use. Humanitarian […]

On Firenze and Fanatics

By: Kate Cyr Renaissance Florence was known for its paradoxical promiscuity, religion and its genius. While courtesans and priests blurred the line of Catholic morality and the values of the streets, the intellectual triumphs of those like Machiavelli, Botticelli, Boccaccio, and the de Medici family flourished. Sure, Florence had its faults, and what those faults […]

Sustainable Food Aid: The UN’s commitment to positive development

By:  Maija Ehlinger Self-sufficiency is the key to peaceful international collaboration and the internal growth of developing countries.  But too often, the reaction to famine or chronic malnutrition overseas has been to import staple foods like grains, flours and beans. Since the 1960s, international laws set up by the Food Aid Convention (FAC) have dictated how […]


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