On October 1, the Parliament of Catalonia defied Spain’s federal government by holding a referendum on Catalan independence. Catalonia, an autonomous community within Spain, has long been ambivalent towards Spanish rule, and has historically attempted secession multiple times since it is culturally distinct from Spain, with its own language, traditions, and flourishing economy. The Catalan […]

The Kyrgyz Republic, a small mountainous country in Central Asia, has been through multiple violent revolutions, in both 2005 and 2010.The post-Soviet nation has just been through another revolution, yet of a completely different kind; on October 15th, the nation held its first truly democratic elections, not just in the country’s history, but in that […]

On November 8th, 2016, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced the demonetization of the Indian economy. This move, ostensibly to root out corruption and black money, has been unsuccessful. Overnight, ₹500 and ₹1000 currency bank notes—which made up 86% of the economy—became worthless, and people stood in lines at ATMs for hours to deposit their […]

The Nobel Peace Prize Committee recently bestowed the 2017 prize upon the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an organization which has been working toward the global abolishment of nuclear weapons for over a decade. Their three-pronged strategy to “stigmatize, prohibit, and eliminate” nuclear weapons has been lauded by figures like the Dalai Lama, […]

In Aden, South Yemen’s largest city and the country’s most prominent port, Yemeni flags are increasingly hard to come by; instead, the streets are full of South Yemen’s flag, with its distinct sky-blue triangle and red socialist star. The south is closer to secession than it has ever been since North and South Yemen unified […]

Up until recent years, India-Middle East relations were largely driven by economic considerations. In the latter half of the 20th century, India’s political ties to the Middle East were dictated by Cold War polarity and rising hostility with Pakistan. However, India must now expand these economic relations to account for its growing strategic security interests. […]

Beijing has been notoriously indecisive in resisting North Korea’s missile deployments, mostly operating through diplomatic means to persuade North Korea to disband its nuclear weapons and missile activities. Although diplomatic efforts are important and a coalition of countries (US, South Korea, Japan, China and Russia) has tried to broker a resolution with Pyongyang during the […]

Evo Morales has been the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia since 2006. The term “Plurinational State,” adopted by the 2009 constitution that President Morales himself helped formulate, explicitly describes the country not as a nation-state but as a solidaristic union of diverse ethnicities. More than any other president in modern Bolivian history, Morales […]

 The Kurdish quest for an independent state has persisted for over a century. Yet, the territory known as Kurdistan today remains divided among four different countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. However, there is potential for change following the recent and decisive referendum conducted in Iraqi Kurdistan that overwhelmingly voiced support for an independent Kurdish […]