This past weekend, media developer Firaxis Games unveiled Sid Meier’s Civilization 6, the franchise’s latest, most technically advanced installment. Yet, despite all the frenzy surrounding the new game, memories of Civilization 3, in all its square-tiled antiquity, still linger, fresh and unadulterated in my mind. For my six-year-old self, that game was my first, and […]

Power without diplomacy is blind, diplomacy without power is impotent,” said Robert Lieber, professor of government at Georgetown University, at a recent event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society. This poetic, Bismarckian admonition capped a brief, but impassioned, lecture devoted to the careful enumeration of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy errors – namely, his predilection […]

Less than two weeks before the deadline to approve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, posted a video on YouTube imploring American supporters of armed intervention, who had successfully depicted the agreement as total capitulation, to reconsider. The world’s leaders, he asserted, must exhibit “the wisdom […]

The establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was more the result of haste and desperation than shrewd politicking. But NATO’s chief architects were adept at concealing its true circumstantial origins. “An armed attack against one or more [member state] in Europe or North America,” they declared, firmly, in Article 5 of NATO’s charter, […]

In the Parks & Recreation episode “The Treaty,” Tom Haverford – the show’s hilarious paragon of sartorial sophistication and intellectual impishness – reveals his obsession for red carpet. His rationale? “How do you make any event classy on a budget? Red carpet… Oh, what’s this in my shoe? Red carpet insole. Everywhere I go, I’m […]

The American public — believe it or not — is ignorant about a lot of things. But, however hilariously late-night hosts and fake-news anchors lampoon American unintelligence, ignorance has been an extraordinarily impactful force in the creation of our nation. In fact, some scholars posit that widespread ignorance amongst the citizenry actively catalyzed, justified, and […]

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