David Smith Jr.

About David Smith Jr.

He recently graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and will pursue a MA in Applied Economics from American University. His present concentrations of study and research include international trade and macroeconomic policy, along with their effects on global welfare, economies, and the environment. After finishing his graduate education, he hopes to become a part of the U.S. policy making process through consulting and research.

Implications Of New Developments In U.S. Protectionism

At the forefront of international headlines last weekend, senior White House officials assured U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe would avoid all talks of trade. Instead, the focus of the trip revolved around enhancing political relations between the two countries, especially ahead of major changes […]

The Spread Of Orwellian Surveillance: China And Beyond

Recently, investigators uncovered the extensive and suspicious commercial partnership between the Chinese and Ecuadorian governments. Evidently, China significantly provided the Ecuadorian government with advanced camera equipment and surveillance instruments since 2011. As the Chinese administration currently practices, Ecuador implemented this system in hopes of curbing escalating criminal rates nationwide. Unfortunately, […]

Further Complications In Ending The Crisis In Yemen

For the past several years, military conflict in Yemen overwhelmingly holds the attention of international media outlets. Yet, certain revealing events from this week only further amplified present complications. First, the Trump administration recently put forth plans to restrict a previous Obama executive procedure of announcing civilian deaths occurring outside […]

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Newly-Formed Coalition Receives International Criticism

Just a few days ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel reached an agreement with the radical Israeli political party, Otzma Yehudit. In this deal, Netanyahu promises political access and backing in exchange for their support in the upcoming election. Though a seemingly insignificant trade, the agreement appears extremely insulting […]

North Korea Considering Vietnamese Styled Reforms

Recently, speculation unveiled upcoming meetings between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam. The two parties seek to finally resolve disagreements involving nuclear production and trade disputes. Furthermore, spokespersons noted rumors involving Kim Jong-un’s interest in rearranging the economic system upon which North Korea revolves. […]

Haitian Protests Against Economic Instability And Political Corruption

The ongoing protests in Haiti are troubling United States and Canadian officials, as they warn against tourists travelling there. These demonstrations advanced ferociously for months. Amid the outrage, the working class demonstrators campaign against the nation’s evident inflation problem and its adverse effects. Simultaneously, this unanimous public outcry denounces the […]

The Resurrection Of The Green New Deal

On Thursday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts proposed the “Green New Deal”. Stemming from the broad, yet distant, fear of looming environmental catastrophe, Representative Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Markey appear hopeful their policy recommendation will be heard. With one piece of legislation, the two […]

US Charges Against Huawei Could Inflame China Trade Talks

As recently reported, the U.S. Justice Department proceeded with several charges against Chinese company, Huawei. The department alleges the firm defied the United States’ sanctions on Iran and pilfered integral production information from U.S. competitors into the global technology market. Moreover, President Donald Trump recently reaffirmed his stance regarding U.S.-Chinese […]

Sweden Hosts ‘Constructive’ North Korea Talks, Eyes On Second Summit With The U.S.

Earlier this week, several parleys between North Korea, South Korea, and Swedish intermediaries concluded productively in Stockholm, with delegates from the United States also having attended many of these discussions. All parties involved purportedly sought peaceful solutions to developing strong economic and political relations with one another. The attending agents […]

Ivory Coast Urges Calm As ICC Weighs Gbagbo’s Return

Recently, the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) motioned to allow former President Laurent Gbagbo re-entrance into the country. Following this announcement, Gbagbo announced an imminent return, after years of exile for allegedly inciting political violence. Outraged citizens currently engage in protests against these recent proclamations. Amidst the turmoil, the nation now […]

Saudi Arabia Deports Dozens Of Rohingya Refugees To Bangladesh 1

After decades of living in Saudi Arabia and adjacent nations, the Saudi government recently motioned to deport several Rohingya migrants to neighboring Bangladesh. Interestingly, this particular group of residents solely inhabited this particular country of Saudi Arabia and holds no ties to Bangladesh. The current circumstance of Rohingya citizenship becomes […]

Border Tensions Boil Over As France ‘Dumps’ Migrants In Italy

Earlier this week, the French and Italian government frictions soared, as the two nation-states continued to dispute intricacies of border parameters. Specifically, Italian authorities called into question the suspected French practice of ‘migrant dumping’ across their western border. With increasing offenses transmitting between both factions, the unclear guidelines of immigration […]