The Headscarf Issue

By Anna Schultz Illustration by Manya Tam The controversy over the Muslim headscarf in Western European schools presents a complex issue. Incorporating aspects of colonialism, immigration policies, gender, race, and religious differences, it is difficult to understand without discussing each of these layers. Biases can stem from racism, sexism, naiveté, and a multitude of other … Continue reading The Headscarf Issue

Longing for Lebanon: The Question of Nostalgia and Memory of the Long 1950’s

By Sharon Arana Picture: An armed Palestinian celebrating the rout of the Phlanagist, posing in front of a poster of President Nasser with Arabic graffiti writing on the wall that translates to “the socialist union was here.”   Throughout the Middle East, the long 1950’s have been hailed as the period most worthy of reminiscence. … Continue reading Longing for Lebanon: The Question of Nostalgia and Memory of the Long 1950’s

China and Africa: Imperialism, or a Partnership?

By Meseret Carver Today, China is using its historical relationship with Africa to appeal to the continent as a friend rather than a colonial power. In the 1950s, China started competing with the Soviet Union for influence over African nations rebelling against imperial powers. The Chinese claimed that Russia was like the the colonial powers … Continue reading China and Africa: Imperialism, or a Partnership?

The North Korean Refugee Crisis and Neighboring Countries’ Policy Response

By Wanyi Liu There is a special group of migrants from North Korea who have received surprisingly little attention on the world stage. These marginalized people are North Korean refugees who, for years, have fled, most often in the face of the ongoing food shortage that began with North Korea’s 1999 famine. Moreover, the number … Continue reading The North Korean Refugee Crisis and Neighboring Countries’ Policy Response

A Comparative Analysis of Neoclassical Economics and Law and Political Economy: Views on Institutional Foundations as a Means to Economic Development

By Mohamed Camara The Law and Political Economy tradition, like the New Institutional Economy, agrees that institutions lead to economic development because markets are regulated by institutions, or, “humanly devised constraints that structure human interactions.”1 The Law and Political Economy tradition, like the New Institutional Economy, agrees that institutions lead to economic development because markets are regulated … Continue reading A Comparative Analysis of Neoclassical Economics and Law and Political Economy: Views on Institutional Foundations as a Means to Economic Development

The Importance of an Apolitical Central Bank

by Nicholas Torres Introduction A central bank, put simply, is the institution within a country that manages that country’s currency, money supply, and interest rates. These three factors have a profound influence on the broader economy. Therefore, the function of a central bank is something to take seriously. However, there has been an unfortunate rise … Continue reading The Importance of an Apolitical Central Bank

“Trigger Fingers Turn to Twitter Fingers” (1) : The Influence of Twitter on Public Opinion

By Kayla Santos Media has always played a crucial role in American politics, and as of late, modern media has been particularly influential regarding voter learning. It has increased Americans’ sense of civic responsibility, but it has also given people of all points of view a platform to voice their opinions. Social media has made … Continue reading “Trigger Fingers Turn to Twitter Fingers” (1) : The Influence of Twitter on Public Opinion