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The Twitter Revolution: Its Importance for Information and Activism

By Moisés A. Cabrera In 2006, a group of young software programmers from a company called Odeo created a revolutionary online platform that would become known as Twitter. Even though it started as a simple group messaging service, its purpose soon evolved. And after being opened to the public in 2007, the programmers soon recognized…

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Towards a New Model: A Potential Solution to Refugee Integration and Empowerment

By Alexandra McLeod The first 100 days following a corporate merger determines whether the deal will be successful or whether it will fail. In light of this, leaders invest vast amounts of resources, time, and effort into the transition. But, when it comes to refugees integrating into American society, we lose that perspective. Resettlement agencies focus on finding refugees employment within…

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Failure in Hanoi: What Happened and What’s Next

By Andy Laub Despite the fanfare leading up to the second U.S.-North Korea summit, President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un did not make it past lunch on the second day of negotiations. Instead, President Trump left early due to his belief that they were going to strike a bad deal, noting, “Sometimes you…

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Hidden Dangers: The Perils of U.S. Withdrawal from the INF

By Jigar Khatri Due to an ever-expanding list of daily political scandals, it is easy to miss the greater significance of a specific event. For instance, in February, the Trump administration announced its withdrawal from the foundational 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The reason given for withdrawing from this landmark agreement was the Russian deploying of illegal land-based…

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A Delicate Situation: How Tumult in Venezuela Threatens a Continent

By Colin Wolfgang On Jan. 23, the United States joined a number of countries in recognizing Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as its interim president. Within hours, Nicolas Maduro responded by severing diplomatic ties with the United States and announcing a 30-day window for the country to withdraw its diplomats. While the United States and Maduro have agreed…

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Year End Reading List

As 2018 comes to a close, YPFP NY’s staff shares some of their favorite reads of the year: 1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink By Taylor Downing A gripping account of how close the world came to nuclear catastrophe through misunderstandings and a climate of heightened suspicions. Code Girls By Liza Mundy…

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The Qatari Peninsula Sets Sail Under Blockade

In the past year, Qatar has faced many challenges as a result of the Gulf embargo. Marika Annunziata explains how the country has overcome the hurdles of the blockades. This post was originally published in Political Insights. BY: MARIKA ANNUNZIATA More than a year after the ban was imposed by the Gulf Cooperation Council, without…

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From Iron Curtain to the Iran Veil: The Trump Administration’s Misguided Iran Strategy

By Michael Memari In a recent op-ed with Foreign Affairs, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clarified the Trump Administration’s multifaceted strategy for ‘confronting Iran,’ which includes applying economic pressure, bolstering deterrence, exercising moral clarity, and exposing the government’s political malfeasance. However, an interesting revelation can be found in the author’s repeated attempts to compare U.S.-Iran tensions to America’s…

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