An Interview with Wa’el Alzayat

By Mustafa Rasheed This past summer, I was able to intern with an organization called Emgage in Washington, D.C. Emgage is a non-partisan organization that seeks to empower the Muslim-American community by promoting civic engagement, endorsing candidates that align with the interests of the community, and pursuing a like-minded legislative agenda. In my time in... Continue Reading →

Maduro’s Biggest Mistake

By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko It does not take a political scientist, or a Sherlock-level genius to realize Venezuela is not in its golden age right now. The country is arguably suffering its largest political, humanitarian, economic crisis ever since independence in 1811. Due to "single crop" economic policies, or to put it in vernacular, heavy reliance... Continue Reading →

Islamism in the Arab World

By Kenan Kabbani The following essay was submitted to us by guest writer Kenan Kabbani. This essay explores the definition of "Islamism", a brief background into its rise, and its role in contemporary Arab politics and society. This was submitted to Professor Tareq Ramadan's course on Arab Society in Transition at Wayne State University.  The... Continue Reading →

Six More Years of Vlad Putin

By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko On Sunday, March 18th, the Russian people took to the polls in order to elect their "new" leader. Unsurprisingly, the elections turned out to be very anticlimactic, with Vladimir Putin claiming victory once again, making this his fourth, and second consecutive Presidential term. The former KGB grasped over 70 percent of the... Continue Reading →

The Generals

By Mustafa Rasheed The Trump administration’s cabinet and officials have been the subject of national attention in matters of controversy and ideology. One interesting characteristic of this administration is its striking number of military officials in key positions. Appropriately, General Joseph Dunford is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lieutenant General H.R.... Continue Reading →

Modern Warfare: Are Technology and Mercenaries The Future?

By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko The trends seen in the development of war lead us to come to the conclusions that conflicts have been reduced to smaller scale involvements between the instigators, reducing combat casualties, but have grown in the sense that they engulf broader regions. Meaning, trends show wars with the progression of time have come... Continue Reading →

On the United Nations Security Council

By Mustafa Rasheed Formed in the aftermath of World War II, the United Nations Security Council is one of the most iconic bodies of the inter-governmental organization. Understanding the importance of international cooperation, this essay does not encourage a country to secede. Rather, this essay briefly analyzes the flaws in the Security Council and recommends... Continue Reading →

On Overconfidence

By Mustafa Rasheed The following essay briefly explores the root of conflict in modern post-colonial countries that are currently ravaged by violence and conflict. Additionally, it explores the imperialist/superior attitude of a superpower over a smaller country through the experience of the United States and Iraq. This is a continuation of a series of essays... Continue Reading →

On Terrorism and Ideology

By Mustafa Rasheed The following essay briefly addresses the ideological roots of terrorism and juxtaposes the current "War on Terrorism" mainly in the Middle East and North Africa with the American political scare of communism during the Cold War, "The Red Menace". The following essay is a continuation of a series of essays I wrote... Continue Reading →

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