Modern Warfare: Are Technology and Mercenaries The Future?

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 to increase civilian... 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 →

The Dilemma of Hate Speech

By Mustafa Rasheed In the wake of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rallies on August 12 in Charlottesville, VA, a wave of response and anger has been directed at Confederate monuments, supremacist groups, and far-right speakers. This anger has manifested into tearing down such monuments as well as banning speakers and supremacist groups in an... Continue Reading →

First the Americans and Now the Russians: The Taliban as a Political Tool

Afghanistan is considered "America's Longest War". Official US involvement in the country dates back to 2001 with President Bush's famous "You Are Either With US Or Against Us" speech, propping up American invasion of the central Asian nation. The goal was eliminate the terrorist element governing Afghanistan, otherwise known as the Taliban. While boots on... Continue Reading →

Venezuela: An Uncertain Future

By Mustafa Rasheed As the nuclear threat with North Korea escalates and tensions continue to boil in the Middle East, the toxic situation in Venezuela struggles to make major headlines. Over the past several months, Venezuela has undergone tremendous inflation, food shortages, protests, alleged fraud in the midst of elections, and violence. The core of... Continue Reading →

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