Elizabeth Baral


Misinformation In The COVID-19 Era

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began late last year, various sources have propagated a gamut of false information about the disease. Some of this misinformation has been politically motivated. For example, the initial Chinese response of downplaying COVID-19’s mortality rate, or supporters of President Trump presenting the virus as a political […]


The U.S. Is Obsessed With Its Own Exceptionalism. So Why Are its Presidential Candidates So Unexceptional?

According to Stephen Walt, “Most statements of “American exceptionalism” presume that America’s values, political system, and history are unique and worthy of universal admiration. They also imply that the United States is both destined and entitled to play a distinct and positive role on the world stage”. Although often denounced […]


Hyper-Partisanship Is Destroying Western Democracies

The cornerstone of all strong democracies is a multi-party system which often (though not exclusively) includes two major parties, one liberal and one conservative. In an ideal democracy, one would choose which party to vote for based upon which seemed to have the stronger policies in any given election. However, […]


Hyper-Partisanship Is Destroying Western Democracies

The cornerstone of all strong democracies is a multi-party system which often (though not exclusively) includes two major parties, one liberal and one conservative. In an ideal democracy, one would choose which party to vote for based upon which seemed to have stronger policies in any given election. However, all […]


Israel Planning A New Settlement In Hebron

On 1 December 2019, Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett proclaimed his government’s provocative decision to build a new settlement in Hebron. The announcement has purportedly been sparked by the Trump government, coming less than three weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion that ‘the establishment of Israeli civilian […]