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Continued Unrest in the Sinai Peninsula Strains International and Analytical Borders

Continued Unrest in the Sinai Peninsula Strains International and Analytical Borders

Since early 2015, the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt has been rocked by violence and instability. The region, bordered by the Gaza strip and Israel on one side and the Suez canal on the other, was already heavily militarized, and has been written off by the international community as a hotbed for extremism. Recent clashes have...
Pope Plays His Trump Card During Visit to Mexico

Pope Plays His Trump Card During Visit to Mexico

Pope Francis, an Argentinian and lifelong advocate for the downtrodden, visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, tracing the path of the millions who have emigrated to the U.S. and greeting throngs of faithful on either side of the international line from Ciudad Juarez. He had spent the previous five days of his visit passionately speaking...
Search for Next UN Secretary-General Brings Gender Issues to Fore

Search for Next UN Secretary-General Brings Gender Issues to Fore

Earlier this month, the British outpost of women’s lifestyle magazine Elle released a video showing the juxtaposition of scenes from the entertainment industry, politics, sports, and the military as they are versus with the men removed from the photo. Unsurprisingly, the military photo depicted only one or two females left standing, revealing the sorry state...
Inter-Americas Immigration Ignored in Debates Over Trans-Pacific Partnership

Inter-Americas Immigration Ignored in Debates Over Trans-Pacific Partnership

Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, famously said, “All my economists say, ‘on the one hand…on the other’. Give me a one-handed economist!” Truman’s frustration seems especially relevant in the wake of long-awaited agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an international free trade agreement so far-reaching, complex, and controversial, that an exhaustive...
What was Said (And More Importantly, What Wasn’t) at the 70th UN General Assembly

What was Said (And More Importantly, What Wasn’t) at the 70th UN General Assembly

In Obama’s address to the 70th meeting of the United Nations general assembly (UNGA), he reminded the member-state delegates, “Nowhere is our commitment to international order more tested than in Syria.  When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation’s internal affairs — it...
UKIP's Scorched Earth Foreign Policy

UKIP’s Scorched Earth Foreign Policy

‘Teeming Shores’ is a biweekly column that broadly covers issues related to global migration and how the movement of peoples can reshape traditional conceptions of sovereignty and security. The title is referential to the sonnet “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty in America.
The Sound of Music (and Migration Policy)

The Sound of Music (and Migration Policy)

Last July, President Obama implored Congress to approve a $3.7 billion package aimed at bolstering US-Mexican border security and immigration law enforcement in response to the burgeoning Central American refugee crisis. The would-be-bill included a public relations dimension in an attempt to communicate to any potential border crossers the severe risks they would face on...
Netanya-who?  Post-Copenhagen Chutzpah Unsettles Europe

Netanya-who? Post-Copenhagen Chutzpah Unsettles Europe

‘Teeming Shores’ is a biweekly column that broadly covers issues related to global migration and how the movement of peoples can reshape traditional conceptions of sovereignty and security. The title is referential to the sonnet “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty in America. Following the recent shootings...
Billions of Dollars but Zero Hope: Problems Facing Gaza Reconstruction

Billions of Dollars but Zero Hope: Problems Facing Gaza Reconstruction

Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani wunderkind and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, pledged last week to donate the $50,000 from her World’s Children’s prize to help rebuild 65 United Nations schools in Gaza. Malala, who is known for having survived a Taliban attempt on her life and promoting the right to education, has said of...
Maher, Biden, and the Problem with American Rhetoric on Islam

Maher, Biden, and the Problem with American Rhetoric on Islam

In his famous speech at the Islamic Centre of America in Washington, DC six days after the 9/11 attacks, then-President George W. Bush said, “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace”. In the intervening thirteen years, much ink has been spilt...