International Relations

From Obama to Trump to Biden: U.S. Involvement and Policy Tactics in the Yemeni Civil War

by Anthony Choi & Patrick Mahoney About 24 million people are currently in need of help, 100,000 people killed, and 4 million people are left displaced - these numbers represent the hefty cost of a war that has completely enveloped the country of Yemen since 2015. Many Western countries, including the United States, have played key roles in the conflict, and debate over the effectiveness of these efforts has become more widespread as the war has progressed, particularly in the U.S.  The war in Yemen commenced, partly as a result of the political instability in Yemen after the Arab Spring. At the time, then-Vice President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi transitioned to the presidency, ending the longtime rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. President Saleh was pressured by pro-democ...

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International Relations

COVID-19 Has Killed Globalization As We Know It, But it is Not too Late for a Different Approach

by John Zak The COVID-19 pandemic that has raged globally for the past year has fundamentally transformed the global community and how citizens act within it. I believe the pandemic is dealing a final blow to globalization in its current form. Already in decline following the rise of populist movements that gave rise to Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump, COVID-19 provided the fatal blow for whatever remnants of legitimacy the current model of globalization continued to have. The fragility of global supply chains, seen in the desperate efforts of states to acquire essential medical equipment, along with the decline of multilateralism in the absence of global cooperation or even a global response to the pandemic, underscores how this process of deglobalization has been accelerat...

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