The Armenian-Azerbaijan War

Recently, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in the headlines due to an escalating conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between the two Caucasus countries. The conflict began on September 27th and has escalated since then, with both Armenia and Azerbaijan declaring martial law and the mobilization of their armed forces.

What’s Happening to TikTok?

The stage was set for Tiktok and WeChat downloads to be banned on Sunday September 20th, and WeChat would also cease internet traffic immediately. However, on Saturday afternoon President Trump approved a preliminary deal allowing TikTok downloads to continue on one condition.

Al-Baghdadi: Dead

On Saturday, October 26th, President Trump tweeted out that “Something very big has just happened!” Curiosity, excitement, and slight panic by some ensued until it was revealed the next day by the President that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was dead following a U.S Special Forces operation in northwestern Syria. U.S Intelligence had long been trying to capture or kill al-Baghdadi, and he is the most prominent terrorist leader that has died as a result of U.S operations since the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The Trump Administration’s Syria Policy

On October 6th the Trump Administration drastically modified its policy on the U.S. Military presence in Syria. The Trump Administration allowed Turkey to take a more aggressive role in Kurdish-held territories backed by American troops, and also withdrew American troops from key locations in Kurdish-held Syria. Despite the success of the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, many foreign policy analysts believe that the United States has lost its foothold in combating the Assad Regime and preventing the spread of ISIS in the region. The United States’ longtime ally in the region, the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has lost ground to Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States.

Irish President visits Fordham

On Monday, September 30th, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, spoke on refugee crises, the history of Irish immigration, and the role of universities in such times. His lecture, which he has titled “Humanitarianism and the Public Intellectual in Times of Crisis,” touches on some of the topics which were relevant in the current global and local political landscape.

Nothing is Sacred—Not Even Justin Trudeau

With American media outlets transfixed by this nation’s ongoing 2020 campaign for the presidency and control of the Congress, attention was diverted this week to a scandal roiling the federal elections of our northern neighbor. Having led the government since 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—known for his youthful charm, dazzling hair, and boy-next-door looks—is vying for a parliamentary mandate to return his ruling Liberal Party to power in the October 21 election. He has spent his first term cultivating an image of himself and his party as the gracious stewards of a 21st century Canada that welcomes refugees, confronts climate change, steers global foreign policy from conflict, and maintains a working relationship with an American president who shares few of the PM’s goals—or his alluring, “bring-him-home-to-meet-your-parents-and-pray-he-proposes-at-dinner-because-those-babies-would-be-so-damn-cute” charisma.