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Egypt’s Military State and President al-Sisi’s Declining Legitimacy

Egypt’s Military State and President al-Sisi’s Declining Legitimacy

Last month, Egyptian demonstrators took to the streets chanting, ‘We want to eat!’ to protest the government’s policy of decreasing the number of subsidised bread loaves each family can buy. The bread riots reflect a broader issue of class conflict in Egyptian society under President al-Sisi. Egypt’s pre-existing class inequality was exacerbated when Sisi’s regime...
The Trump vs Obama Administration’s Relationship with the Media: A Comparative Perspective

The Trump vs Obama Administration’s Relationship with the Media: A Comparative Perspective

Ever since Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase ‘alternative facts’ in a Meet the Press interview hosted by Chuck Todd, it has become clear that the Trump administration has a loose interpretation of what constitutes objective data or statistics. If a news outlet expresses a statement that is contrary to the Trump camp’s agenda, it is...
Trump’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect, If Anything

Trump’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect, If Anything

By the time most American candidates running for president win the election and go from nominee to President-elect, the American public has a well-defined understanding of their central positions and general worldview. This traditional wisdom does not hold as much weight for President-elect Trump. Due to his lack of political experience, Trump has no congressional...
South Korea’s Presidential Scandal: The Park Administration or Choi Administration?

South Korea’s Presidential Scandal: The Park Administration or Choi Administration?

Large crowds of protestors took to the streets of Seoul to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye. As a powerful symbol of resistance, many protestors can be seen wearing masks with Park’s face on them, as if she was a puppet. The vast majority of South Koreans have lost faith in the current administration....
The Price for the Pivot: A More Assertive China and an Uncertain Future

The Price for the Pivot: A More Assertive China and an Uncertain Future

During Barack Obama’s presidency, American foreign policy experienced a number of fundamental changes bound to leave an impact on the international system even after Obama leaves office. The so-called ‘pivot’ to Asia was a policy initiative announced in 2014. Its objective was to shift the United States’ military presence and foreign policy agenda from the...