Analysis

Analysis articles are our shorter articles. They provide a snapshot of current events, giving a brief background of the topic and a thorough yet succinct overview of the situation.

Tempted to Test: North Korea’s Missile Launch over Japan

On October 1, 2022, a North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) entered Japanese airspace and crossed over into the Pacific Ocean. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff tracked the launch back to the Mupyong-ri region in the Jagang province of North Korea (Yonhap News Agency, 2022). This launch represents the first IRBM test since …

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Ballots backed by Bullets: The Brazilian President’s Plan for a Military Recount

Brazil is the fourth largest democracy in the world, and its most recent presidential election has also been one of its most contentious. The preliminary election occurred on October 3, 2022 giving left-wing candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva victory over right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Despite numerous predictions of a significant margin of victory for …

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In the Garden of Beasts: The Ongoing Complacency of Lebanese Hezbollah

In 2011, Eric Larson published a book titled In the Garden of Beasts. The book describes the life of William E. Dodd (University of Chicago), the first American ambassador to Nazi Germany. Germany’s history, culture, and landscape captivated the Dodd family, blinding them to the calamity that would soon overtake them. However, Germany’s charm soon …

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Jin, Jiyan, Azadi: How This Time is Different in Iran

Abstract  On September 16th 2022, Mahsa Amini died while in the custody of the Iranian Government. Three days prior, Amini was arrested by the “mortality police” for wearing her hijab improperly. The mortality police declared that she died as a result of pre-existing conditions, however Amini’s family, friends, and hundreds of thousands of fellow Iranians …

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A bright light in the dense smoke of war: How Romanian citizens are responding to the refugee crisis

Introduction “When I first got here it was the middle of the night and there were just three of us and some Orthodox priests helping to translate Ukrainian. Putin is a criminal and these people don’t deserve this.” Daniel Condurache is a Romanian real estate agent who rushed to the Romania-Ukraine border to assist when …

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Russian Cyber Warfare in Ukraine: Should the U.S. be Concerned?

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has raised many red flags for the U.S. As the timescale for Russia’s campaign grows longer and longer, concerns have arisen over the increase in cyber attacks on Ukraine’s technological infrastructure. While Russia has yet to be held responsible for recent incidents, there is an unmistakable correlation between Russian military …

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Abandoned Standards: Prime Minister Trudeau’s Failure to Show the Need for the Usage of the Emergencies Act

Abstract On Valentine’s Day, 2022, protestors in Canada were met with everything except love from the Canadian Government. Prime Minister (hereafter referred to as PM) Justin Trudeau announced that for the first time in its existence, the Emergencies Act would be invoked to address the Freedom Convey protests that had been occurring for several weeks. …

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Ukraine and Russia: Ukrainian Entrance to NATO is Harder Than Everyone Thinks

Disclaimer: This article was researched and written before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. All sources cited predate this event. The author in no way intended to ignore or minimize the invasion and this article should not be taken to imply support for Russia’s actions.  Introduction Everyone has a memory or experience that has impacted …

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