Category Archives: Opinion

The Poignant Tale of Pockets

Author: Devika Verma, April 2021

My friend recently bought a new dress.  Very enthusiastically she asked me, “guess what’s the best thing about this dress?”, and instantaneously she yelled: POCKETS! Meanwhile, I was wearing a pair of jeans that could barely fit my tiny bottle of hand sanitizer, let alone a six-inch smartphone. We felt joyful as if we’d found a $20 bill in a long-forgotten jacket. At that moment, I realized how sad it is that two adult women are excited to have pockets—in 2021. 

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Women vs. Great Power Politics 

Author: Natasha Athab, April 2021

The Secretary General’s role is seen to be a symbolic position that aims to pursue the interests of the people, in accordance with the ideals of the United Nations and the Charter. Article 97 of the Charter states “The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council” (United Nations, 1945).

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Is Covid-19 a Biological Weapon?

Author: Gabrielle Udell, March 2021

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Due to the pandemic’s economic consequences, and the immense fear and instability it has caused, there is much speculation as to whether Covid-19 is and/or can be used as a biological weapon. To determine the lengths to which this is true or untrue, one should understand the comprehensive definition of biological weapons by analyzing how they’ve been used historically and evaluating whether the threats and properties of Covid-19 resemble those of biological weapons.

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Biden’s First Mandate: A pandemic g.i. bill

Authors: Peter Marber, Julian Savulescu, February 2021.

Are there pandemic policies that can be both fair and equitable, while also jumpstarting the world economy now and in the future? We argue for a “progressive reciprocity” framework similar to America’s G.I. Bill, as both an ethical and economic recovery template. This framework would provide incentives for greater public quarantine compliance which can end the health crisis faster, thereby reducing overall societal harm. President Joe Biden might use such a plan to end the crisis, reinvigorate the economy, and restore morality to U.S. policymaking – while also repairing America’s tarnished reputation in the global community.   

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Immigrant Detention is a Danger to Pregnant Individuals

Author: Trevor Johnson, November 2020.

“Long term goals that can better protect the rights of all immigrants, detainees and asylum seekers include: 1) closure of detentions centers 2) barring the opening of new centers 3) dismantling of xenophobic agencies such as ICE. A failure to address what has become the status quo, will enable the perpetual dehumanization and abuse of pregnant individuals and immigrants alike.”

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COVID-19: Europe in the midst of Global Narrative Competition

Authors: Lukas Mejia and Marine Ragnet, May 2020.

Lukas and Marine’s Spring 2020 Capstone project examines Chinese avenues of influence across the Political, Military, Economic, Societal, Informational, and Infrastructural spectrums in a case study of France.  Their aim has been to gather and assemble a taxonomy of Chinese influence operations under the context of changing Great-Power relations. This piece is an edited excerpt on Chinese Informational power in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Rethinking Cambodia: A New Strategic Interest

Author: Shaoyu Yuan, February 2020.

US, Cambodian forces close Angkor Sentinel 2016, celebrate strengthened partnership

“For years, the government of the U.S. has overlooked the strategic significance and economic interests of having Cambodia on our side. Although Cambodia has long sided with the opposite of Western ideology, as the status quo of the world changes and the weight of Southeast Asia increases, it is time for the U.S. to reconsider its courses of action and shift some of its strategic focus to the region.”

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