Ashley Plotkin

About Ashley Plotkin

I'm a second-year student at the University of Miami with a double major in Political Science and Economics. I hope one day to attend law school with a focus in national security. My current passions include conflicts pertaining to the Middle East and Northern Africa. My political philosophy can be summarized by the following: I believe the most important part of having an opinion is maintaining the ability to consider someone else's.

Explosive “Attack” In Caracas: Terror Or Totalitarianism?

On Saturday of last week, President Maduro of Venezuela survived an assassination attempt via drone. Several drones carrying explosives reportedly flew in Maduro’s direction while he gave a speech to celebrate the Venezuelan National Guard’s 81st anniversary. The event took place in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas. While Maduro was not injured […]

What Does Sunday’s Suicide Attack In Kabul Mean For Afghanistan’s Security?

14 people are left dead and 60 injured after a grueling suicide bomb attack strikes near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The attack this past Sunday followed the arrival of exiled Afghani Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum to the nation’s capital. While many of Dostum’s supporters awaited his […]

17 Palestinians Killed By Israeli Forces During Land Day Protests

This past Friday marked the onset of a six-week protest in Gaza, nicknamed the Great March of Return. This major demonstration commemorated the 42nd anniversary of Land Day, an incident in 1976 when six unarmed Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces while protesting the government’s decision to expropriate two thousand […]

Women’s Rights Movement In Saudi Arabia: Why The Freedom To Drive Is Only The Beginning

One of the most widely debated topics within the modern Feminist platform has been the women’s rights violations of Saudi Arabia, with a particular emphasis on women’s right to drive. The specific event which drew attention to this topic was a YouTube video posted in 2011. Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif […]

Police-Targeting Bomb Strikes Threaten Colombian Security

A series of bombings in Colombia this past weekend targeted police stations and put civilians at risk. Saturday morning, two assailants riding a motorcycle flung a bomb at the Barranquilla police station. According to CNN, five police officers were killed in the attack, and 42 were injured. Later that night, […]

Kabul Hotel Siege Ends After Violent 14-Hour Streak

A 14-hour standoff in Kabul, Afghanistan serves as an unfriendly reminder that the Taliban still poses a real, substantial threat to the Middle East. At the Intercontinental Hotel, six gunmen stormed the building and held its guests captive. According to the Interior Ministry, 153 people, including 41 foreigners, were rescued […]