This Week:

Apr 19, 2015



Although unable to turn away from the irregular/guerrilla warfare in the Middle East, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized the need to direct more attention to states with ambitious “anti-access/area denial” (A2/AD) programs that could potentially leverage high-tech weapons systems against U.S. assets and allies. It is no secret that China and Iran [...]

Anti-Semitism: Back to Stay?


Actress Lena Dunham published a column in March 30 edition of The New Yorker titled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” In it, Dunham gives thirty-five attributes “listicle” style with which one could describe a dog or Dunham’s Jewish significant other. The piece drew ire from many sources including the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, which labeled Dunham’s essay [...]

Baltimore’s Homicide Policy and the Death of Steven Jackson


On Saturday, April 4, a spate of shootings in Baltimore City left three dead. These incidents followed a violent week that included a string of five shootings in West Baltimore. Among those killed on Saturday was Steven Jackson, the nephew of City Council president Bernard “Jack” Young. Police, who found Jackson shot in the head [...]

It’s Still a Rape on Campus


Last November, Rolling Stone published an article recounting the gruesome gang rape of an anonymous student “Jackie,” at a fraternity house at the University of Virginia. Soon after its publication, the author of the article, Sabrina Erdely, came under fire for inconsistencies and falsehoods found in her piece, which amassed some 2.7 million views. In [...]

The Obama Doctrine


In recent months, President Obama has engaged in conspicuous legacy consolidation. Taking advantage of flexibility gained from the passing of the midterm elections, he issued an executive order ushering in sweeping immigration reform and finally vetoed the Keystone Pipeline. Negotiations with Iran to settle the decade-long nuclear dispute have accelerated, culminating in the recent first [...]