How Will We Recover? Thoughts On Election 2016

The question of whether or not Bernie Sanders was the best candidate has a frank answer – of course he was. In my last article I explained why he isn’t necessarily the most “presidential” of the nominees. The president’s aptitude is measured by a number of things. These include both superficial and essential judgements. InContinue reading “How Will We Recover? Thoughts On Election 2016”

The End of Populism? Fate of the Americas

Appeals to alleviate the suffering of the poor and disenfranchised – that is the crux of leftism. Class conflict, civil liberties but also post-colonialism and critical race theory come into play here. The rise of Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, marked the first time in US history that a candidate with such an ideology gatheredContinue reading “The End of Populism? Fate of the Americas”

Evaluating the ‘Party of God’: Hezbollah, Conflict & Justice

To determine Hezbollah’s overall success, the rather limited literature on the subject focuses on the organizations political achievements as well as their military achievements in the region (Norton 2007). This is primarily because Hezbollah functions both as a political party in the Lebanese government, as well as an armed militia, a status that has notContinue reading “Evaluating the ‘Party of God’: Hezbollah, Conflict & Justice”

Tragedy at Home – How Do We Respond?

I amΒ in utter shock. This is unbelievable. My prayers go out to the families. To the fanatics – You may use the word Islam, but the religion is one of peace and love, and denounces your heresy. God bring justice to these foul men, and bring warmness and comfort to those in pain. To theContinue reading “Tragedy at Home – How Do We Respond?”

How Should America Respond to Terror?

The invasion of Iraq by the US-led coalition in 2003 produced a new dilemma for Iraq – a vacuum of power. For almost 4 decades, the brutal reign of Saddam Hussein centralized power, and despite its brutality, stabilized the country politically. But many critics of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East blamed the vacuum ofContinue reading “How Should America Respond to Terror?”

How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism

A more liberal strand of Islam might argue that cultural identity is tied to Islamic heritage. Furthermore, it encompasses all philosophy and knowledge into Islam, as opposed to radical Islam which excludes philosophies from the Enlightenment, Renaissance, and the mystical indigenous religions of various regions in the world, like Central Asia and Latin America. WhatContinue reading “How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism”

The Political Stability of Kazakhstan: The Gift & the Curse

The Political Stability of Kazakhstan: The Gift & The Curse by Danny Krikorian Florida Political Science Association Fall 2016 Florida Political Chronicle Abstract   Kazakhstan resides in one of the most volatile regions in the world, Central Asia. Various characteristics of the region make this a reality. Some of these characteristics, which I call variables,Continue reading “The Political Stability of Kazakhstan: The Gift & the Curse”

The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East

  There are numbers floating around regarding the relatively low amount of terrorist incidents committed by Islamic radicals. Still, two points can be brought up. Instability is uniquely inherent to the Middle East; and anti-Americanism is common in the Islamic World. Perhaps these two characteristics of the Islamic World coupled with the increase in radicalizedContinue reading “The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East”

What Is Terrorism?

It has been difficult to form a concise definition of terrorism due to the emotions and political weight carried by the term. But since September 11th, 2001, the term has been used more frequently than before, both inside and outside political science, though sometimes perhaps incorrectly. Lumping tactics, attackers and fear together to define terrorismContinue reading “What Is Terrorism?”

Is the U.S. in Decline?

The U.S. is arguably in a position it hasn’t been in before. This all happenedΒ after WWII. While American isolationism officially ended during the Spanish-American War, WWII marked a new era in American foreign policy – interventionism. After the Civil War, the US faced little domestic threats, and foreign threats were all but inexistent prior toContinue reading “Is the U.S. in Decline?”

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