“Geo-economics of Saudi Vision 2030” Video Response
Development

“Geo-economics of Saudi Vision 2030” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses “Saudi Vision 2030,” a plan proposed by the government of Saudi Arabia that seeks to reduce the countries dependence on…

“Gaza Strip border crisis” Video Response
International Politics

“Gaza Strip border crisis” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses the ongoing border disputes between Israel and the Hamas-based government in the Gaza Strip (one of the two territories of…

“Trump’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal” Video Response
International Politics

“Trump’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement. On May 8, President Donald Trump pulled the…

“Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge” Video Response
International Politics

“Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses the recent anti-corruption purge undertaken by the government of Saudi Arabia. On November 4, 2017, several Saudi Arabian business leaders,…

Soldiers: Desertion, Rebellion, and the Philosophy of the Refusal to Fight
American History

Soldiers: Desertion, Rebellion, and the Philosophy of the Refusal to Fight

Throughout human history, war has often been a method for different governments, nation-states, as well as organizations, to control resources. These wars have become bloodier…

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”
Comparative Politics

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”

In the third chapter of the book “Democratization: theory and experience,” Laurence Whitehead looks at the concept of civil society and its relationship to democratization….

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”
Comparative Politics

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”

In the book “The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations, An Analytic Study,” Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba present a study of…

“Origins of the crisis in Yemen” Video Response
International Politics

“Origins of the crisis in Yemen” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses the background of the current political crisis in Yemen. Yemen is located in the Southwestern part of the Middle East…

“Decline of the Ottoman Empire” Video Response
History

“Decline of the Ottoman Empire” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses the decline of the Ottoman Empire during the late 19th and early 20th Century. The Ottoman Empire was an empire…

Socio-political Inequalities in the Middle East: How to Address Them
International Politics

Socio-political Inequalities in the Middle East: How to Address Them

A major issue facing the Middle East is the continued struggle to address the limited level of political freedom and high level of socioeconomic inequalities…

The US Nuclear Attack on Japan was Immoral
American History

The US Nuclear Attack on Japan was Immoral

“I am a death, destroyer of worlds” J. Robert Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad Gita Traveling back to 1945, an era where World War II had wiped…

“Islamic Conquest of Persia” Video Response
History

“Islamic Conquest of Persia” Video Response

This video by Caspian Report discusses the Islamic conquest of Persia (Present-day Iran) during the 7th Century AD. The rise of Islam as a religion…

“Venezuela’s Political Crisis” Video Response

This video by Capsian Report discusses the current political crisis in Venezuela. Venezuela is now experiencing a protracted political crisis that threatens to tear apart…

Theories of Democratic Transitions
International Politics

Theories of Democratic Transitions

In the study of Democratic Transitions and regime collapse at the international level, there exist many theories that can be used to help explain the…

Another Misguided Video on ISIS and Middle East History
International Politics

Another Misguided Video on ISIS and Middle East History

  Kurzgesagt (YouTube Channel) – In a Nutshell – You are good at many things. But please stay away from Foreign Policy. The US invaded…

Ideal US foreign Policy in the Middle East
International Politics

Ideal US foreign Policy in the Middle East

A major debate within public policy is the ideal foreign policy that the US should follow with regards to the Middle East. some argue that…

Iran v. Saudi Arabia Rivalry and its Impact on Middle East Politics
International Politics

Iran v. Saudi Arabia Rivalry and its Impact on Middle East Politics

Within the Middle East, there are a number of different issues that will ultimately shape the future of the region. Some of the specific issues…

“Democratization: A Critical Introduction” Summary
International Politics

“Democratization: A Critical Introduction” Summary

In the book “Democratization: a critical introduction,” Jean Grugel discusses how a range of global pressures and events combined to create a political opportunity for…

US Policy Afghanistan,What You should Know
Essays

US Policy Afghanistan,What You should Know

Afghanistan, the United States, the Soviet Union, And Illegitimacy PS 401: Seminar in Political Science Fall 2016 Marco Palladino (Work In Progress citations not cited…

Does the US care about human beings killed in Gas Attack?
International Law

Does the US care about human beings killed in Gas Attack?

The short answer to the question is “maybe,” the shorter answer is “fuck no.” Why do I say that? Well, let’s look at the record….

US Foreign Policy Middle East and Afghanistan
International Politics

US Foreign Policy Middle East and Afghanistan

Under the new Trump Administration, we seem to see a popular rise against the banning of Muslims from the United States. What does that mean?…

4 Reasons Why President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order is Wrong
American Law

4 Reasons Why President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order is Wrong

Almost two weeks ago, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia),…

Samuel Huntington “Political Development and Political Decay” Summary
Comparative Politics

Samuel Huntington “Political Development and Political Decay” Summary

In the article, “Political development and political decay,” Samuel Huntington explores the conflict between political mobilization and institutionalization and the importance of institutional development concerning…

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan
Comparative Politics

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan

One of the most influential philosophers in recent history is Thomas Hobbes, who was active in Great Britain during the 17th Century. Hobbes was a…

The Elite Variable in Democracy
Comparative Politics

The Elite Variable in Democracy

John Higley and Michael Burton argue that the decisions by societal elites play a role in democratic transitions regime breakdowns in their 1989 article “The…

“The political economy of democratic transitions” Response
American Economics

“The political economy of democratic transitions” Response

In the article “The political economy of democratic transitions,” Stephen Haggard and Robert Kaufman explore the effects of socioeconomic factors on democracy. Since the early…

South Korea & Structuralist Development Theory
Development

South Korea & Structuralist Development Theory

In the realm of economic development at the global level, there are a multitude of theories that can be used to explain the development policy…

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to run for President?
2016 Presidential Election

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to run for President?

A major consideration within American politics is the eligibility requirements of the President, in particular, the question of the “natural born” citizenship requirement. The Constitution…

Hamas: Political Heroes or International Terrorists?
Comparative Politics

Hamas: Political Heroes or International Terrorists?

In the Islamic world, there has been much debate over the relationship between Islam and politics. Some Muslims argue in favor of increased secularism, whereas…

International Law & Russia’s Intervention in Syria
International Law

International Law & Russia’s Intervention in Syria

One of the major foreign policy issues facing the world over the past few years is the Syrian Civil War and the formation of groups…

Is Marco Rubio a Realist?
2016 Presidential Election

Is Marco Rubio a Realist?

In the Foreign Affairs article “Restoring America’s Strength,” US Senator Marco Rubio puts forward his vision for U.S. foreign policy assuming that he is elected…

ISIS: How and Where they Came From
American History

ISIS: How and Where they Came From

One major foreign policy issue facing the world over the past few years is the rise of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). ISIS…

“Why Iran Should Get the Bomb” Article Review
Comparative Politics

“Why Iran Should Get the Bomb” Article Review

In his most recent Foreign Affairs article “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb,” political scientist Kenneth Waltz explores the background behind the debate over the…