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Violating Olympic Norms: A Timeless Tradition

Violating Olympic Norms: A Timeless Tradition

Since December 2014, the Russian state has been accused of administering a state-sponsored doping program to athletes competing in international competitions. A report compiled by the Independent Commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ‘[…] confirmed the existence of widespread cheating through the use of doping substances and methods to ensure, or enhance the...
Feeding the Hungry: More Harm Than Good?

Feeding the Hungry: More Harm Than Good?

Hunger is, at its root, one of the oldest problems to plague the human race. Currently there are reportedly over 800 million people suffering from hunger worldwide. The United States, in particular, has played a leading role in the perennial struggle against hunger and malnutrition. In this role, the United States both provides cash-based assistance...
A Deal Gone… Well? The Past, Present, and Future of Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

A Deal Gone… Well? The Past, Present, and Future of Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

Representatives from with P5+1 powers (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) settled 14 July 2015 on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in Vienna regarding Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technologies. This plan was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 20 July 2015 and took effect with...
Russia Today, the Legacy of Mikhal Lesin

Russia Today, the Legacy of Mikhal Lesin

Over 4,500 people die in Washington D.C. every year, but most of them are no Mikhail Lesin. Lesin, found dead in a Dupont Circle hotel room 5 November, was the Russian Mass Media Minister from 1999 to 2004, a Putin aid, and an executive of Gazprom-Media. Perhaps more importantly, Lesin is credited by RT (originally...
Through the Looking-Glass: Russian Motive in the Ukraine Crisis

Through the Looking-Glass: Russian Motive in the Ukraine Crisis

The crisis in Ukraine, which grew out of national divides created by the ouster of then-President Viktor Yanukovich, has been followed closely by media outlets around the world. These outlets pay much attention to events as they unfold, doing their best to report breaking news on a variety of topics, including the downing of Malaysia...
The Final Frontier: A Story of Private Companies, New Players, and Cooperation

The Final Frontier: A Story of Private Companies, New Players, and Cooperation

Since time immemorial we have looked to the skies in wonder: ancient civilisations saw their heroes in the stars above and, at last, in the 20th century mankind succeeded in reaching for the heavens. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to venture into the great unknown of the cosmos and, in 1969, Neil...
Changing Attitudes Towards Internet Piracy, or How Game of Thrones Can Change the World

Changing Attitudes Towards Internet Piracy, or How Game of Thrones Can Change the World

The start of the month of April means different things to different people. Some choose to focus on April Fools’ Day. Others find solace in the oft-repeated truism that ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ However, still others look to April as the start of a new season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. This season’s premiere...
The Arab Role in Combating ISIS

The Arab Role in Combating ISIS

While much attention has been paid to the policies of the United States and its international allies in combatting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the role of Arab states has thus far been largely ignored despite the existential threat that ISIS poses to them. That all changed in...
Shadows of the Past: Politics, Cooperation, and Russian Spies

Shadows of the Past: Politics, Cooperation, and Russian Spies

Lately, much attention has been paid to the deepening rift between the West and Russia, which commentators describe as “[…] at their worst since the Cold War […]”,[1] and rightly so. The Ukraine conflict has proved to be a major source of tension between Russia and the West, with each side offering their own conflicting...
Twenty-Five Years Later: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to… A New Cold War?

Twenty-Five Years Later: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to… A New Cold War?

On 9 November 1989, the world watched as the Berlin Wall fell and a glimpse of a brighter future pierced the Iron Curtain. The division of Berlin had come to be seen as a microcosm of the Cold War, meaning that the reunification of Berlin (coinciding with the fall of the wall) precipitated the reunification...
Malala Yousafzay, the Nobel Peace Prize, and the State of Education Today

Malala Yousafzay, the Nobel Peace Prize, and the State of Education Today

On October 10, 2014, the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”[1] Whereas recent Nobel Peace Prizes have focused on topics such as the elimination of chemical weapons (2013),...