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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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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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