The Foreign Policy Legacy of the Great War

July 1, 2016 marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the costliest engagements of the First World War. Dominated by tragically outdated battle tactics, the Somme offensive stands as a sort of bloody microcosm for the entirety of the Great War: catastrophic loss of life at the hands of industrial war for little tactical gain or apparent meaning. Now, the modern international climate increasingly seems to have echoes of the diplomatic tone that led to such a horrific conflict. Recent electoral trends seem to indicate a…

Why Is Syria Allowed to Crumble?

With the city’s medical system strained, the World Health Organization expects that the almost 850 civilians wounded in Aleppo last week will die due to a lack of resources – resources that could have been received if alleged Russian fighter jets hadn’t mercilessly bombed a UN humanitarian aid convoy. Of the 850 helpless civilians expected to die, 261 are children. These reports have come after one of the most crippling weeks of violence of the Syrian civil war. With atrocities continuously committed by the Bashar al-Assad regime and Putin’s Kremlin,…

Germany as a Permanent U.N. Security Council Member

In May 1945, after five and a half years of global war, the Allied nations occupied a devastated Germany. Although Japan’s surrender was four months away, and America still drafted plans for a seaborne invasion of the home islands, the war’s main antagonist was destroyed. The most infamous military in human history was disbanded, the concentration camps were emptied, and after Karl Dönitz’s Flensburg government was dismissed on May 23, the fascist administration was finally swept away.  For the first time since 1939, Germany was at peace. What followed was…

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…

The Warm Heart of Germany’s Iron Lady

Looking back two years, one can recall the all too familiar sight of the Greek people demonstrating in the streets of Athens, holding up signs depicting Angela Merkel clad in an SS uniform and with a penciled in Hitler mustache. Not withstanding the fact that her actions in dealing with European crises, namely the Greek debt crisis, have divided Europe, some see her as the new ‘Iron Lady’ of the European Union. For the past ten years, she has governed Germany rationally, thoughtfully, and pragmatically. Some have criticized Merkel for…

Grexit: An Odyssey

Many articles on Greece often link the Hellenic Republic’s economy to a “Greek Tragedy.” And much like a chorus, the pundits and journalists explain how worse the current situation is getting every step of the way. But if we are going to use this analogy for a nice headline, we must consider some other ramifications as well. If Greece’s economy were a tragedy, the end would mean the death of Europe’s monetary union; the tragic flaw that led to this outcome: hubris. Greek Hubris The Greeks sweltered this past summer…