To deal or not to deal. A study of the efficacy of sanctions with regards to Iran.

Economic sanctions can more often than not be considered a peaceful way of making war. Indeed, this tool of foreign policy seems to be the preferred mode of action when war is not an option. The first economic sanctions can be traced back as far as 432 B.C. – it was issued by the Athenians …

On the dynamics of the UN Security Council.

A critical Review of N. Schia’s “Horseshoe and Catwalk: Power, Complexity and Consensus Making in the UNSC”.   Indispensable, the United Nations plays a major role in our daily lives, and often without us even noticing it, our daily lives depend on what the United Nations accomplishes. Since its creation in 1948, the UN through the …

Significant impacts of a Trump reelection: The Supreme Court

With the US presidential election less than 60 days away, there are several things to note about the impact of a possible Trump reelection, especially with regards to the Supreme Court and the US Constitution. Things like Constitutional healthcare coverage, LGBTQ rights and abortion rights may be subject to change or repelling, should Trump come …

Repealing Proposition 209 on race, sex, and national origin: an overview

The California State Assembly voted on June 10th to repeal the 1996 Proposition 209, Section 31 Article 1 of the California Constitution. This part of the California constitution prohibits the West Coast state from discriminating “on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in operation of the public employment, public education, or …

COVID-19: A gateway to more eco-friendly travel?

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting drastic fall in pollution, it has become clear that our transportation habits are damaging to the natural environment. The IPCC has estimated that the aviation industry alone is responsible for about 3.5% of anthropogenic (human-made) climate change, and people who rely on regular flights are …

Racial inequalities and the mishandling of a pandemic: 2020, a representation of Donald Trump’s America

These have been a challenging couple of months. One can only start by acknowledging that. Incapable to go out, to meet and share with our friends. For some it was impossible to unite with their families, and therefore, had to go through all this alone. And for many around the world, this pandemic caused the …

A rendezvous with former Ambassador of France Gérard Araud.

On Friday the 31st of January, as Brexit had just been officially announced, I met with Former Ambassador Gérard Araud in Paris to discuss this issue and many more. Ambassador Araud debuted a career dedicated to the field of diplomacy only one year after the election of Ronald Reagan, and it concluded two years after the election …

The Iowa Caucus: a Turbulent Start to the Democratic Presidential Race

This Tuesday the first DNC caucus took place in the state of Iowa, marking the beginning of what could be a very interesting race for the Democratic presidential candidates seeking to face Trump in the 2020 election. Although Iowa itself has no intrinsic value (containing only 56 delegates of the around 2000 needed to win …

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals amidst the data revolution

On the international scene, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are considered a pivotal role in moving towards a greener, more inclusive and more sustainable future. The objective of the agenda ratified by the UN General Assembly in 2015 is to be achieved by the year 2030, and includes indicators from a variety of …

The Trump/Kim 2019 Hanoi Summit and a critic of modern US diplomacy

The United-States President Donald Trump met DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) President Kim Jong Un for a second two-day Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, 27-28 February 2019. The Hanoi Summit is a follow up to the Singapore Summit, 12 June 2018, which was a historic moment in the US/DPRK tensed diplomatic history. The Singapore Summit …