Essays

The Insidious Nature of E-Waste and the Onus on GAFA

Written by Amelia Pollard Abstract This research paper evaluates the externalities that have ensued from the rise in consumption of electronic products. The atrophy of these products in developing countries has led to adverse health effects […]

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Remembrance and Reconciliation: Engaging with Contested History

Written by Tyler Jager Introduction and Background Many nation-states are guilty of an “original sin” of a sort: a case in which the state was complicit in, or more commonly, the perpetrator of, a genocide or […]

On the advent and spread of the game Mah-Jong

Written by Sam Pekats Invented mysteriously in mid-19th century China, there is much uncertainty regarding the Mahjong’s origins.[1] For much of Mahjong’s early history, China’s rulers regarded its gambling nature as vulgar and corrupting, so there […]

On the Fate of Intervention: Forgotten Lessons from Two UN Peacekeepin ...

Written by Tyler Jager As the Cold War came to a close in the 1990s, global attitudes towards conflict changed. The majority of conflicts during the Cold War were “regional”, involved both intrastate and interstate actors, […]

Contradiction and Ambivalence: Mexico’s Cold War and the United States

Image Caption: Former Mexican President López Mateos (left) was one of several presidents to navigate a complex and often contradictory Cold War foreign policy that tended to strain Mexican relations with the United States. With the Allies’ victory […]

The Disappearance and Murder of Claudina Velasquez: A Story of Gender ...

Image Caption: Velásquez Paiz et al. v. Guatemala in the Inter-American Court revealed Guatemala’s failure to address stereotyping and gender-based violence against women. “I won’t allow the authorities to let my daughter become just another [Guatemalan] murder statistic”[1]. […]

The Oslo Peace Process: The Collapse of Coherence in the Israeli-Pales ...

Image Caption: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat shake hands at the signing of the 1993 Oslo Declaration of Principles. Introduction The Oslo Peace Process was the first direct, bi-lateral […]

Financing Revolution, Subversion, and Terror: How Armed Non-State Acto ...

Image Caption: Armed non-state actors like Hezbollah require a dependable source of funding, and various factors may affect the diversity of such funding. Introduction Money is the lubricant to any political or military machine, and effective […]

Using Koreanness: Fostering the Growth of the Republic of Korea

Image Caption: Former South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, elected in 1997, pursued an open-ended “Sunshine Policy” with North Korea in hopes of bettering relations between the two countries. Introduction The state’s role in defining the […]

Can Bullets Kill Soft Power? The National Rifle Association as a Threa ...

Image Caption: Although most regard the National Rifle Association (NRA) as relevant and influential to domestic U.S. politics, the organization may in fact threaten the  reputation of the United States as an international moral authority. Introduction […]

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