Samawada Robleh

Deteriorating US-China Relations And The Battle For The South China Sea

On March 6, 2017, North Korea tested its ballistic missiles, continuing with the expansion of its nuclear program and disregarding the Trump administration’s threat to undertake military action if Pyongyang does not comply with international laws regarding nuclear proliferation. A US naval carrier was recently dispatched to establish a presence in […]

The Legacy Of Kalief Browder And Closure Of Rikers Island Jail

Last month, Spike TV premiered its miniseries recounting the life and incarceration of Kalief Browder.  Browder’s death compelled many New Yorkers to take to the streets in protest demanding accountable policing, prison reform and the closure of Rikers Island Jail. On March 31, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de […]

Reproductive Rights and Foreign Aid In the Era of Trump

In the days following the Women’s March on Washing, President Trump signed an executive order placing limitations and regulations on international organizations that perform or provide information on abortion, or provide counselling or referral services. The executive order was not a new piece of legislation but rather the reinstatement of the decades-old […]

Egyptian-Saudi Relations Further Strained By Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been rising since the outbreak of conflict in Syria, with Egypt supporting the Syrian state and Saudi Arabia calling for the removal of Bashar Al-Assad. Tensions continue to mount as Saudi Arabia is looking to invest in the construction of the Grand Ethiopian […]

Special Issue: Two-State Solution: UN-Arab League Statement Backs Palestinian State

On February 17th the United Nations and the Arab league released a joint statement supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state, after a meeting between UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit. This comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s move from decades long […]