Author: Timothy McGowan

The Fall Of The Republic Of Artsakh

On September 19th, Azerbaijan launched an intense military offensive in the contested Nagorno – Karabakh region, which killed over 200 ethnic Armenians and dozens of Azerbaijanis. After just 24 hours of fighting, a ceasefire was agreed upon between Armenian forces and the Azerbaijani military. According to the Council on Foreign

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China Intensifies Its Propaganda Apparatus

In September 2023, the National People’s Congress of China proposed the Public Security Administration Punishment Law, which will ban certain clothing, speech, and symbols. According to VOA news, the law aims to eradicate anything that is “detrimental” to the Chinese spirit. Violators of the bill are subject to 5-10 days

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Will Ukraine’s Newly Developed Long Range Missiles Make A Difference?

In September 2023, Ukrainian President Vlodomir Zelensky announced the development of a new long range missile, which has the capability to hit a target 400 miles away. According to the Defense Post, his announcement came just days after several regions of Russia were struck, including an airport near Russia’s borders

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The Assassination Of Fernando Villavicencio

On August 16th, Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was fatally shot after a campaign rally. His assassination came 10 days before the first round of elections. According to CNN, Villavicencio ran on an anti-corruption platform and promised to crack down on drug trafficking, gang violence and crime. Six Colombian nationals

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An Underwhelming Federal Response To The Maui Fires

On August 8th, 2023, a deadly fire swept through Maui killing over a 100 people and destroying over 2,200 structures, which were mostly residential buildings. CNN reported that over 1000 people are unaccounted for which means the death toll will likely rise over the coming weeks. According to NBC news,

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Funding Cuts Could Spell Disaster for Haiti

In the midst of a stagnating economy, political turmoil, gang violence, and natural disasters, decreased funding of the UN World Food Program (WFP) puts a 100,00 Haitians at the risk of starvation. According to the Voice of America, Haiti has the second highest per capita food insecurity in the world,

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Geopolitical Implications of the Vilnius Summit

On July 11th and 12th, all NATO members met in Vilnius, Lithuania, to discuss security in the region and the future of their strategic military alliance. Just 20 miles from the Belarusian border, the summit sends a strong signal to Moscow and Minsk that NATO stands firm with Ukraine in

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Israel’s Raid On Jenin Fuels Tensions

On July 3rd, 2023, Israel raided a refugee camp in Jenin to confiscate weapons and kill suspected terrorists. The operation was met with Palestinian resistance, which escalated into fierce gun fights leaving 12 Palestinians dead. Despite only lasting till July 5th, the raid forcibly displaced 3,000 Palestinians and caused severe

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