What You Need To Know About the Russia – Ukraine Crisis

By Siya Chhabra (’24) and Jaxson Kaplan-Rudolph (’25) This special report has stopped daily updating. To see previous daily updates, scroll down to given dates. The Russian Federation and Ukraine are now fully engaged in an intense and world-altering conflict. Some important questions to answer: why the aggression between the two nations? Why does Russia care so much about having control of their neighbor, which … Continue reading What You Need To Know About the Russia – Ukraine Crisis

America’s longest war is over. We lost.

By Tasawwar Rahman (‘22) Twenty years, two trillion dollars, and 200,000 lives later, in a matter of months Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban. Despite tens of billions of dollars in financial support to the Afghan security services, Afghanistan was largely taken without bloodshed. The road ahead lies dim. The Abandoned The feeling in Kabul is distinct– anger and abandonment. For any close observer of … Continue reading America’s longest war is over. We lost.

Strained Relations- U.S. and Russia Part II

By Rachel Rochford (’23) With a new administration, policies, reactions, and events, it would be fair to say that relations between these two nations are shakier now than they were last time this column covered them. We last discussed the U.S.-Russia relationship whilst Trump was still in office. At the time, there was tension over the Solar Winds hack which probed into U.S. government systems … Continue reading Strained Relations- U.S. and Russia Part II

Japan and South Korea

By Rachel Rochford (’23) Recently, Kim Yo Jong, sister of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, stated “If [the U.S.] wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step” regarding joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea (Foreign Policy). The U.S. response to this has not been with particular … Continue reading Japan and South Korea

Do the COVID Vaccines Protect Against the New Variants?

By Aadit Jain (’23) Over the past few months, new variants of the coronavirus, such as the Brazil variant (known as P.1), the UK variant (known as B.1.1.7), and the South Africa variant (known as B.1.351), have emerged and spread throughout the world. While these new strains are not expected to be more dangerous, they are more contagious. The UK variant of the coronavirus, for … Continue reading Do the COVID Vaccines Protect Against the New Variants?

Turkey and Greece

By Rachel Rochford (’23) No one likes it when allies argue, but this does not change the fact that conflicts happen. One such example is that of current tensions between Greece and Turkey, both of whom are meant to be on friendly terms as NATO members. Unfortunately, several key issues have had a long impact on relations between these nations. These issues include disputes over … Continue reading Turkey and Greece

Strained Relations- France and Turkey

By Rachel Rochford (‘23) Among the slew of other problems that emerged in the world this year- a pandemic, economic turbulence, etc., France now finds itself in conflict not only with its own Muslim population but with many Muslim-majority nations abroad. Turkey is one of the nations in conflict with France at present yet their conflict may run deeper. At this point, it is one … Continue reading Strained Relations- France and Turkey

A Background on the “End SARS” Protests in Nigeria

By Sunny Sivakumar (’21) Recently, protests, which have spread through social media all around the world, have erupted in Nigeria, trying to end SARS. Not to be mistaken with the disease, SARS stands for “Special Anti-Robbery Squad”, and is an elite police force created in the 1980s to reduce crime rates. However, now, they have become part of the problem, with Amnesty International reporting on … Continue reading A Background on the “End SARS” Protests in Nigeria


By Rachel Rochford (’23) On September 27, 2020, fighting broke out between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan over a small area between the two countries known as Nagorno-Karabakh. The region is legally a part of Azerbaijan but 95% of its inhabitants are ethnically Armenian. Since its inception, the two countries, and the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, have argued quite fiercely over the fate of the region.  While … Continue reading Nagorno-Karabakh