We Accept Mastercard, Visa and Bitcoins

Meze Grille is a restaurant in midtown Manhattan only a couple of blocks from Fordham’s Lincoln Centre campus. The food there is great but this restaurant gains more attention for its acceptance of bitcoins – a digital currency. Meze grille is one of six restaurants in the world to accept this currency.  So we ask, what is the Bitcoin? The 2008 financial crisis left the world in chaos. The stock market crashed and corporations were exposed as confidence in the government and global financial system was severely eroded overnight. At…

Currency War

Comparing Perspectives from Developed and Emerging Markets At the February G20 summit in Moscow, Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said, “At this meeting, IMF and many other participants said it is not appropriate to describe the current situation as currency war and that such an expression is overblown. G20 as well as G7 share the view that efforts by each country to stabilize their own economy will lead to stability in the global economy.” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde echoed this statement when she stated, “We think that talk…

America’s Relationship with the Middle East

Where is the Barack Obama from Cairo University? On June 4, 2009, just over 100 days after being inaugurated, President Barack Obama made a promise before a crowd of eager listeners in the Main Reception Hall of Cairo University in Egypt. The speech he delivered, as its title suggested, promised “A New Beginning,” for relations between the United States and the Muslim World. Speaking in the cultural capital of the Arab world, and the most populous city in the region, it was clear the President of the United States was…

Game of Drones

The Debate Over Private Drone Use From apps such as Yelp that help us find the best Thai restaurants within a five-block radius to sites like Google Maps that aid us in determining the fastest route to a job interview, we use satellite images daily. The convenience and efficiency of these apps and programs outweigh privacy concerns, but what about the idea of governmental and personal surveillance through the use of unregulated video shadowing? Imagine the prospect of countless drones flying through the open sky, able to take HD video,…

Iran’s Strategic Position

Iran holds a position of immense strategic importance for the three major powers in the world today as well as a regional importance among the nations of the Persian Gulf both militarily and geopolitically. It is, in effect, a border between interests of East and West that will serve as either a catalyst for war and use of traditional hard power or as a conduit for economic, political and cultural soft power.

Don’t Bomb Iran; Prevent Anarchy

It is imperative that Israel show restraint and refrain from any military aggression for the sake of its own security and that of the greater Middle East. Over the course of this essay, I will argue that Israel must integrate a neo-realist framework of foreign policy into their pre-existing policies dealing with non-state actors for its security as a nation-state and peace throughout the region.