The Payoffs of Pay for Success

65 % of Americans are dissatisfied with the federal government. When I read this on a Gallup poll, it did not surprise me. President-Elect Trump is proof of this statistic. We know that people are angry and that they do not believe their taxes are being put to good use. While I personally believe in [...]


Choosing The Lesser of Two Evils

Sometimes there are no good options. Sometimes we have to settle for the least awful, not the best. Naturally, this is not a position anybody wants to be in, but many times we are. Nigeria will have to make a decision and choose the "least awful" on March 28: Election Day. Nigeria has been one of the [...]

Nagorno-Karabakh—A Land of Disputes

Nagorno-Karabakh, which is located on the eastern side of Armenian Highlands, is part of one of the least known territorial controversies in the world. However, with 4,400 square kilometers and an estimated population of 138,000, this land dispute is an important one to discuss. The conflict began in 1917, when three ethnic republics—Armenia, Azerbaijan and [...]

Foreign Aid — Money Well Spent

Foreign aid and its effectiveness on a country’s development has been a continuous debate for the past 100 years. In all likelihood, it has been argued about for much longer than that, but in last 100 years something has happened: the world has become more interconnected and therefore more dependent on each other. For that [...]

Ways the United Nations Is Making a Difference

As 2014 wraps up and we start reflecting on the past year, I would like to take a moment to give thought to what the United Nations has done over the past 69 years. Here are five highlights as listed on the UN web page of what the organization has achieved to make the world a better place. [...]

Dissecting Saudi Arabia

The Middle East is one of the most complex areas of the world. We hear about Middle Eastern countries in the news daily, but many of us lack some basic knowledge about their history, economy, and government. Without this knowledge, it is impossible to understand these news stories. Saudi Arabia is one of the most active [...]

Radical Extremism—Our Battle

"If our great grandfathers were fighting against Prussian domination of Europe; if our grandfathers were fighting fascism; if our fathers were fighting the cold war against communism; I'm afraid to say, this struggle, against Islamist extremist terrorism, this is the struggle of our generation."—David Cameron, speaking at Camp Bastion on Oct. 3, 2014