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Posts by Jace Gilmore

Iran and the Israeli Border: Iran’s Influence in Recent Rocket Attacks from Gaza

By Moshe Klein Shortly after an Israeli airstrike killed Abu al-Ata, a senior commander of a Gaza militant group, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, rockets began firing from Gaza into Israel. Although Israel is no stranger to rocket attacks, the most recent barrage was different because unlike previous shellings, it was not Hamas. Instead, it was the organization’s smaller, Iranian-backed, regional companion the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Raining…

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A Global Threat: Sexual Assault in the Military

By Gina Magliocco Sexual assault is a prominent issue in the U.S. military, with distinguished members speaking out. As of May 2019, sexual assault in the U.S. military has risen 38 percent from 2016 to 2018. And despite people becoming increasingly aware of the worsening situation within the military’s ranks—being an institution that prides itself on…

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Educating for the Future: Case Studies from Finland and South Korea

By Jennifer Zhang The only thing that’s certain about the future is its uncertainty. This adage holds doubly true for the world’s job markets. According to McKinsey, less than five percent of existing occupations can be wholly automated using current technology. Although as much as a third of constituent activities in 60 percent of trades could…

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China and the Islamic World: How Expanding Interests May Lead to Militarism in the MENA Region

By Ralston Hough China famously enjoyed nearly 500 years of peace between 1400 and 1894 A.D. Except for a few internal conflicts and a handful of peacekeeping expeditions, China abstained from engaging in military adventurism. Now, more than a century later, rapid industrial development has replaced an introverted agricultural society, and China’s role continues to grow…

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Learning from Climate Strikers: How to Increase Popular Engagement in International Relations

By Jennifer Zhang The foreign policy community puts out thousands of reports and position papers each year. Yet, these publications often receive little attention outside of diplomatic circles and vanish into a vortex of briefings and communiqués whose recommendations are rarely carried out.  Reasons for low engagement This lack of interest can potentially be traced to the steep…

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The Rise of Populism: Germany’s Far-Right AfD and the EU Elections

By Kaitlin Drape When the EU Parliamentary elections took place on May 23, they took place in a different environment than those of the previous elections. With the growth of populist rhetoric and far-right-wing parties across Europe, the election served as a sign of things to come. Right-wing parties in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Finland,…

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