The Wrong Horses: Rethinking America’s Cornerstone Alliances in the Middle East

The Wrong Horses: Rethinking America’s Cornerstone Alliances in the Middle East

How do we find ourselves here? In January of 2016 the Middle East is in shambles, and not its typical variety. The Islamic State holds sway in Iraq and Syria, a largely forgotten civil war smolders in Yemen, and, years after the initial euphoria of the Arab Spring, only little Tunisia finds itself in possession of...

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Tough Lessons: The Slow Crisis of Malagasy Education

Tough Lessons: The Slow Crisis of Malagasy Education

In the short time I’ve lived in Madagascar, I’ve been forced to constantly reconcile the beauty of the nation and its people with the ugliness of its present circumstances. The future of this remarkable place is tarnished by the specter of perpetual political crisis, a moribund economy, and above all, an educational system that...

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When There's No Water

When There's No Water

Jordan is one of the poorest countries in the world in water resources. Water conservation policy in Jordan has had the greatest effect on my lifestyle in Jordan. Every week the government delivers a specific amount of water to families and facilities throughout country. In my first week, my family ran out of water a day early. Living without water, even for a day, quickly made me realize...

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Morocco's Progression, U.S. Regression

Morocco's Progression, U.S. Regression

The new Moroccan constitution rewritten in 2011, gives the right of religious freedom. Even though Morocco’s state religion is Islam, the tolerance given to certain communities has been progressing. Morocco has consistently encouraged Moroccans of Jewish descent to run for office and play a role in politics, leading to...

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