The Turkish Lira Crisis Explained

By Aras Ural

“Turkey had, for the past decade, used a low interest rate to depreciate the lira for the purpose of making Turkish goods/services cheaper to spur the export industry. Now, with skyrocketing inflation, a crumbling lira makes it increasingly harder for Turkey to fulfill its dollar-denominated debt obligations.”

The Veil as Law

By Margaret Avera

“This article attempts to show part of the early history of veiling practices, and how the requirement for a headscarf has changed over time. The story of the veil is not linear; instead it varies by time period, region, and political power.“

Wealth and Income Inequality at Home and Abroad

By Zach Ball

"A recently published report from Oxfam International found that 82% of all new global wealth generated in 2017 went to the world’s wealthiest 1% of people. The year was particularly lucrative for worldwide billionaires, who saw combined gains in excess of $700 billion. The report additionally found that there was no increase in wealth for the poorest 50% of the world’s population in 2017." 

Iranian Geopolitical Strength in a Post-ISIS Middle East

By Cristian Zaragoza

"This entrenchment of Iranian influence ought to be of grave concern to the United States, as it presents a significant threat to erase inroads made in the war against ISIS. Ceding influence to Iran in Iraq would be a difficult pill for the US to swallow after investing so much time and many lives in the country."

War Criminal Suicide Highlights Croatian Rejection of ICTY

By Margaret Avera

"Praljak was not a martyr; he was a war criminal. His legacy is one of many convictions for crimes against humanity: political, racial, and religious persecution, unlawful transfers and attacks of civilians, unlawful imprisonments and labor; extensive and unlawful destruction of property including religious and educational institutions, and terrorism."

ICAN Wins Nobel Peace Prize

By Gabriel Moran

"Historians have few doubts that the Nobel Committee was making a political statement. Nobel Prize historian, Eivind Stenersen, said that the prize was clearly intended to 'send a signal to North Korea and the U.S. that they need to go into negotiations.' ”

Once Stateless, Now Homeless

By Vrinda Gupta

"The Rohingya Muslims represent the largest group of stateless people in the world. They have had a troubled, violent history and have even been denied citizenship in their home country Myanmar since 1982."