Russia’s Baltic Jewel, NATO’s Persisting Headache

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of the Georgia Political Review. By Valtteri Tamminen Kaliningrad was once the old German city of Königsberg, which fell into Soviet hands during the final months of World War II.  In 1946, it was renamed Kaliningrad after the Soviet revolutionary Mikhail Kalinin. When the Soviet Union…

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Jurgen Klinsmann: Mediocre at best?

By Vaibhav Kumar U.S. soccer fans have been patiently waiting for a team that can finally be competitive against top-tier countries around the world. They envisioned a team where fans wouldn’t have to worry about losing to teams like Honduras and Panama but could compete against teams like Brazil and Spain. Sadly, they have been…


ASEAN and China
A New Chapter

By Alex Boylston Last summer, following years of hostilities, island building, and close encounters on the South China Sea, The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines and stated that China’s claim to much of the sea had no basis in history or law. China, sticking to its “9…

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The Facts of Fast Fashion

By Gaby Lohner If you’ve ever shopped at an H&M, Zara, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, or any shop similar to these, you have participated in the newest fashion trend — no, not the resurgence of chokers — “fast fashion.” Fast fashion consists of runway-to-closet looks, the trends that pop up and disappear in the blink…

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Political Game Theory in the Middle East

By Seamus Murrock As the Reconstruction era of American history came to a close in the late 19th century and unrest stirred quietly in Europe, a different sort of conflict began to materialize in the West Bank of Palestine. Theodor Herzl, a Jewish journalist armed with an unprecedented sense of urgency and a Biblical sense of…

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Interview: The Founders of ‘Voices of Refugees’

By Ariel Pinsky A mounting refugee crisis in Europe has resulted in over 57,000 people trapped in a chaotic limbo on the mainland of Greece and its islands near Turkey. The crisis is largely a result of a growing number of people fleeing their homes in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern nations ravaged by…

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Opinion: The Case for Syrian Refugees

By Vaibhav Kumar In 2011, the Arab Spring began in the Middle East and with it came the overthrowing of dictatorships around the region. It began in Tunisia with the overthrowing of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 25, 2011 and soon after revolutionaries overthrew Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. During this time in Syria,…

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No Place to Call Home

By Grant Mercer The dead refuse to stay buried on the islands of Kiribati. Usually laid to rest in a corner of their family’s swept-dirt yard, the deceased rise inch-by-inch through the sandy soil until a decomposing appendage breaks the surface. Nothing as exotic as a zombie plague is denying the dead their peace; instead,…

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Where Soccer and International Law Collide

By Alex Boylston In 2014, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) called on FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, to expel Israel from the organization since Israel’s behavior in the Palestinian Territories was affecting player movements and maintenance of the Palestinian national soccer team. Palestine, a full FIFA member, initiated this move against Israel not…

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