The Local is National: The Special Election of Florida House District 72

By Alex Hayes Editor, International Relations & Geography Undergraduate Evidence of a shifting U.S. political landscape can be found in the outcomes of local elections in the state of Florida.  An especially stunning outcome was announced on February 13th, when the Democratic candidate Margaret Good defeated Republican candidate James Buchanan in a special election for…

The Economics of Mass Shootings

By Kyra Ward Editor, Economics & International Relations Student  Valentine’s Day 2018 has been marked in the United States as one of the many days that has ended in a school shooting. Like previous shootings, this one has brought back the arguments about gun control and regulation, and the extreme backlash causing mass hysteria over…

How Venezuela Became a State in Crisis

By Victoria Landaeta Correspondent, Undergraduate Student I was born in Venezuela three months before the presidential election of Hugo Chavez  sparked the Bolivarian Revolution. I am writing this article to illustrate, through history and personal experience, my country’s journey from being one of the most economically promising and prosperous countries in South America, to the current…

Guns, Drugs, and Geopolitics: An Interview with Jacob Parakilas

Editor-in-Chief Adam Stromme sat down with Jacob Parakilas, Deputy Head of the US and the Americas program at Chatham House, to talk about the arms trade, drug trade, and America’s evolving foreign policy.   Introductory Questions Adam Stromme: How did you first become interested in studying international affairs? Dr. Jacob Parakilas: I went through about…

Under Siege: The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Future of a Country

By Alex Hayes Editor, International Relations & Geography Undergraduate The nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, lifted certain international sanctions in exchange for a scaling back of Iran’s nuclear program. As a result of the agreement, tens of billions of dollars in previously frozen assets and oil revenue have…

Partisanship: Is it Beyond Repair?

By Jono Davis Editor, International Relations Student  Once upon a time, partisanship was a word used only in the United States to describe sports teams: if it was baseball it was the Braves-Mets rivalry, or if it was basketball it was Celtics-Lakers. Politics however, was an entirely different story: President Gerald Ford, in his confirmation…