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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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The History of the Alawites and the Future of Syria

By Cole Mullis One of the primary causes of the Syrian Civil War could also prove to be a great obstacle to lasting peace at its conclusion: the situation of the Alawite religious minority.  Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an Alawite, along with much of the elite, but the majority of Alawites live in…

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Historical and Social Precedent for One State

By Christian Pedraza In the modern age of autonomous states and comprehensive international law, territory doesn’t change hands quite like it used to. Thanks to the widely recognized principle of state sovereignty, distant rulers can no longer simply acquire another state’s territory with impunity. This is not to say that territorial disputes do not continue…

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The End of the Era of Giants
Shimon Peres is Laid to Rest

By Ariel Pinsky “Sometimes people ask me, ‘What is the greatest achievement you have reached in your lifetime or that you will reach in the future?’ So I reply that there was a great painter named Mordecai Ardon, who was asked which picture was the most beautiful he had ever painted. Ardon replied, ‘The picture…

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Failing Aid

By Jennifer Watkins Buy a pair of Toms shoes. Sponsor a child living in poverty. Take a vacation to Haiti and build a school. The push to support international assistance projects such as these makes those of us who live in developed countries feel like we’re doing our part in helping out our fellow human…

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Costa Rica: Eco-Paradise or Miami Beach 2.0?

By Tommy Desoutter Costa Rica is a country well known by Americans as a destination for beach vacations, surf tourism, and mission trips. It is also widely considered to be a global model of sustainable development: an eco-paradise, complete with pristine beaches and well-preserved rainforests teeming with diverse wildlife. Yet a visit to the Pacific…

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Markets Respond to a Fragile Agreement in Algiers

By Seamus Murrock Last week, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (O.P.E.C.) met in the Algerian capital of Algiers to discuss the two-years long decline in the price of oil. To the surprise of many, the cartel agreed to cut production by around 700,000 barrels a day, down to about 33 million. The agreement comes…


The Changing Face of Islam in Russia

By Jennifer Watkins Recent support of ISIL in Syria and concurrent terrorism in and around Russia have painted a picture of Russian Islamic radicalism most resembling that seen in the Middle East. Indeed, radicals in the North Caucasus region, including Chechnya, Dagestan, and Ingushetia, seem to be increasingly active. In larger cities, public opinion of Muslims…

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