A Deeper Look into Brexit’s “Calamity”

One month ago, I boarded a plane headed towards London for a semester abroad. By stepping into the cabin of my Delta airliner, I was leaving one country where the incoming administration was producing a political climate clouded by uncertainty and entering another where the prospect of future European cooperation appeared dismal. At this point in time, the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” moment was the equivalent of the United States’s Donald Trump moment. Both represented the wavering fragility of our current geopolitical state. Yet, today, I find my preconceived notions wrong…

Rumors Abound on Latest Brexit Tidbit

The latest Brexit speculation is almost farcical in proportion to the issue. The unrestrained rumors would be laughable if they didn’t point to a larger problem looming for Europe: the British government’s possibly strained relationship with its own people and with other European Union member states. The trouble started earlier this week when an aide leaving a Brexit strategizing meeting made what would normally be an inconsequential mistake by leaving the notebook tucked under her arm flipped open. However, under the current information-starved plight of Europe, this occurrence grew to…

Compassion, Crossings, and Refugees: A Conversation with Dr. Alexander van Tulleken

Dr. Alexander van Tulleken is the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow at Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. He has worked with Doctors of the World, Merlin, and the World Health Organization on various humanitarian crises around the world. Dr. van Tulleken and his twin brother, Chris, have produced several public health-related television series and, most recently, a BBC documentary about the medical problems Middle Eastern refugees face called Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis. Dr. van Tulleken recently spoke with Copy Chief and Executive Editor Katherine Labonte about his work…

Rethinking Multiculturalism: How Can Europe Integrate Millions of Refugees?

I was there when it happened. It was New Year’s Eve, and my best friend and I had just left a nightclub in the inner city of Hamburg when we were suddenly in the middle of a throng of people. It was impossible to move; the entire street was crowded with hundreds of people crushed together. When people started pushing each other, the entire situation spiraled out of control. A few meters away an adjacent girl started screaming, telling a group of men to stop touching her; they persisted. She…

Catalonia: Proud and Prejudiced

In the far-flung region of Northeastern Spain lies an autonomous community comparable in size to the state of Maryland. Catalonia is an economic powerhouse, boasting impressive performance and growth in a country that is on the brink of default. Notwithstanding the region’s economic might, Catalonia’s turbulent past has been ridden with war and been subject to strained relations with Spain. Their cry: independence. Their threat: secession. Catalonia’s separatist movement has been belittled and dismissed as highly implausible by scholars and politicians alike. But after the vote passed on the Cataloania…

The Future of European Political Integration

Since its formation, the European Union has undergone a substantial transformation into the supranational organization it is today. While enlargement, particularly over the past decade, has led many to speculate on when, not if, Europe will turn into a full-fledged political union, significant obstacles that must first be overcome prior to the completion of a union remain. These obstacles include cultural discrepancies among former Soviet-controlled regions as well as massive bureaucratic inefficiencies that have stymied democratic progress thus far. The crux of the issue, however, is perhaps more philosophical than…

European Myopia: The Resurgence of the European Right

If the post-war period can be credited with the rise of liberalism in Europe, the period following the financial crisis of 2008 can be credited with ushering in a new wave of right-wing sentiment. One must juxtapose the two epochs in order to understand the course that Europe is currently on, a course that some say will lead to future conflict. The end of the Second World War brought about the naissance of a new period of political development in Europe. The right-wing governments that had clenched Europe in tyranny…

The Passive Condoning of the Armenian Genocide

On April 24, 1915, the regime of the Ottoman Turks began a systematic decimation of the Armenian race, known as the Armenian Genocide. This heinous plot claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians, and belittled the once prosperous land to an insignificant territory in the Middle East. Many Armenians fled to different parts of the world in an event known as the Armenian Diaspora, which stunted the population growth dramatically. To this day, neither the Turkish nor American government has formally acknowledged such an event. Even more concerning though is…