Economics/Aid / International Relations

Rouhani and Iran’s Balance of Power

By Connor Sheehy

On May 19th, the people of Iran went to the polls to choose their next president. The voters emphatically returned incumbent President Hassan Rouhani to office, giving him nearly 60% of the vote in a field of four candidates. This is despite Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s clear preference for Ebrahim Raisi, Rouhani’s …


Paid Leave in the UAE

The following information is from the UAE’s Federal Labor Laws. Some individual emirates have differing laws; Sharjah, for instance, mandates maternity leave of at least sixty days, whereas federal law requires at least forty-five.


Maternity Leave

Maternity leave with full pay for at least 45 days, provided services to the employer have lasted at least one year.
Lasting …


The Education Revolution in the UAE

By Tyler Headley

There is a largely unnoticed and positive revolution underway in the United Arab Emirates. While the Global Gender Gap index ranks the UAE a low 105 out of 130 countries regarding gender equality, the UAE is first in terms of secondary and tertiary education gender parity.

A UNICEF MENA Gender Equality Profile …


How to Fight Disease in a War Zone: Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic

 By Christian Duborg

In 1916, during the First World War, German physician Friedrich Prinzing named the six diseases that throughout history had “usually followed at the heels of belligerent armies” and termed them war pestilences. These war pestilences are dysentery, plague, smallpox, typhus, typhoid, and cholera. Today, Prinzing’s words are proving to be prophetic, …


Stripping ISIS of its arsenal: understanding ISIS’ media communications

By Dmitry Dobrovolskiy


Thomas Friedman, the famed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has previously suggested that modern day terrorism is essentially a “cocktail of half-truths, propaganda, and outright lies about America.” This article will elucidate the ingredients of this so-called cocktail and discuss how the messages ISIS sends through different media channels led to its rise.



An Unusual Terrorist Profile?

On July 2, 2016, a group of terrorists began a deadly attack on a café in Bangladesh. During the twelve-hour-long siege of the café, twenty hostages, two policemen, and six attackers were killed.

In the aftermath of the horrific attack, what intrigued people about the terrorists were not their names, religion, or race: rather, it was …

International Relations

A New MENA News Landscape

Of the thirteen demands delivered to Qatar by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the diplomatic crisis to end, perhaps the most shocking was that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera and its affiliates.

Al Jazeera, a state-funded news organization that is partially owned by the ruling family of Qatar, is notable in the region …