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An Interview with Mubin Shaikh: Former Jihadist Turned Counter-Terrorism Operative

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In light of recent radical Islamic terrorist attacks worldwide, individuals everywhere are feeling uneasy and unsafe. The topic of national security has moved to the forefront of political agendas and has become an integral part of international discussions. In the United States, 49% of citizens are worried that they, or someone in their family, will become a victim of terrorism. ... Read More »

Guatemala’s Critical Turning Point

Guatemalan Protests

In the past few months most international news has focused on conflicts throughout the Middle East, while little has been said about the incredible transformation the Guatemalan justice system is currently undergoing. The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) is an independent UN body that has stabilized and rebuilt Guatemala’s previously failing justice system. CICIG has helped Guatemala reduce ... Read More »

Trust Women, Improve Water Supply

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The world water crisis stands out as one of the most prominent international issues of the world today, affecting developed and developing countries alike. In developed countries, one of the larger impacts of lacking water is on agriculture, leading to a combination of increasing prices and decreasing employment. In developing nations, however, there is a significant lack of clean drinking ... Read More »

Why Bashar al-Assad Will Win the Syrian Civil War

Source: http://orientalreview.org/2012/01/24/what-is-really-going-on-in-syria-insider-update/

Syria today is, put simply, a catastrophe. Caught in a vicious cycle of violence, a civil war rages. The government commits war crimes against its own people. Rebels retaliate. The resultant instability of the country practically invites in the terrorist group known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL, or Islamic State. But as millions of displaced citizens flee the country en masse, ... Read More »

Putin’s Actions are ‘Not Just About Geopolitics and Spheres of Influence’–an Interview with Ambassador Michael McFaul

Ambassador Michael McFaul with UCLA students Izabela Chmielewska and Kurt Klein.

Generation Editors Izabela Chmielewska and Kurt Klein sat down with Ambassador Michael McFaul during his visit to UCLA last spring. Since then, Russia has conducted airstrikes in Syria that are ongoing. Russian President Vladimir Putin states that the strikes intend “to stabilize the legitimate government and to create the conditions for a political compromise.” In this interview, Ambassador McFaul gives insights on ... Read More »

Expediting Aid in Rural Nepal

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On April 25th, 2015, an earthquake the size of Everest struck just outside Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. As the number of days grew since the catastrophe occurred, so did the count of victims killed or injured.  The 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated almost a quarter of Nepal and the surrounding areas in China and India, and triggered an avalanche on ... Read More »

Ending the Embargo: Liberating US Politics from the Cuba Lobby

Cuban propaganda declaring "Ideas are and forever will be the most important weapon."

On 14 December, 2014, President Obama announced he will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after almost 54 years. A month later in the State of the Union, he called on Congress to end the embargo in 2015.   Since its beginnings in 1960, the embargo has done nothing to promote its stated goal of fostering democracy and human rights on the island. ... Read More »

The Changing Face of Global Health

UCLA Students Interview Director of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah

Since the inception of the field of global health, allocation of sufficient funds has been a major point of concern. Whether in providing the right number of vaccinations or in keeping the cost of medication reasonable, funds and donations from governments, the private sector, and different individuals have been critical to the maintenance of global health endeavors. Recently, however, the ... Read More »