The Suez Crisis-Now and Then

The current crisis in the Suez Canal almost relays a sense of comical novelty, as our sophisticated system of global commodity chains and just-in-time delivery has been disrupted by one extremely poorly placed ship. The Japanese owned container ship, named the Ever Given, got stuck on March 23rd in the Suez Canal, wedged horizontally at …

The Geopolitics of the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an effective coronavirus vaccine in August of last year, the response from many Western nations was skeptical at best, and quite often outright dismissive. This initially seemed to be the logical perspective, given that the Russian’s vaccine was the first to be released, despite not …

Lebanon After the Blast: A State on the Brink of Collapse

The horrific scenes of the explosion in Beirut on August 4th of 2020 shocked the world, with graphic videos of the massive blast widely circulating through the news, and on social media. Experienced by much of the world as yet another disturbing scene of 2020 viewed through a smartphone, it adds yet another incalculable burden …