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The Dispatch

Boots on the Ground: The Special Relationship

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Connor Cowman: Thank you for joining us! Where in the world did you study abroad and what were you doing there? Thaddian Burson: For this last semester, I spent a term studying abroad in Oxford, England at the University of Oxford. I took two tutorials from...

Israel and Iran: A Shadow War Emerging into the Open

Since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Israel and Iran have been mortal enemies. In a speech given to his people on Iranian New Year in 1980, the ideological and political leader of the fundamentalist revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, declared that his government would “fight against the Western world — devourers led by America, Israel, and Zionism.”...

The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship

The 2023 NATO summit took place in Vilnius, Lithuania this week, at which members of the alliance met to discuss the future of the Transatlantic security relationship as well as the recent accession of Sweden to membership. The relationship between the United States and its European allies has waxed and waned in recent years, but...

Boots on the Ground: Japanese Politics and Society

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Michael Johns: Thank you very much for joining us. Where in the world were you and what were you doing there? Carolina Amparo: I was studying abroad in Osaka, Japan. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to visit other cities in Japan, particularly...

The British Defense of Ukraine

The United Kingdom has established itself as one of Kiev’s biggest supporters in response to Russia’s 2022 re-invasion of Ukraine. It stands second only to the United States in military assistance to Ukraine, with a contribution standing at £2.5 billion as of May 2023 including important lethal weaponry such as Challenge II battle tanks, long-range...

Boots on the Ground: Taiwan, at Home and Abroad

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Michael Johns: Thank you for joining us! You’re in Puerto Rico now, but where in the world were you and what were you doing there? Juan López: I was in Taiwan for the past three weeks on a study abroad ‘May-mester’ course, “Politics and Globalization in...

China in the Arctic

China is building itself a foothold in the far north. In recent years, Beijing has invested heavily in Russian infrastructure, mining, and energy in the region, and in 2022 it released a joint statement with Moscow detailing their intent to further increase their cooperation in the Arctic Circle. According to Brookings, over the last two...

Boots on the Ground: Israel’s Judicial Reforms

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. It took place in May, before Gershon finished his semester and returned to the United States and before some developments in political negotiations related to this issue in late May.Michael Johns: Where in the world were you and what were you doing there?Gershon Stein: I’m in...

Political Crisis in Sudan

As the armed conflict between rival factions of Sudan’s military government approaches its second month, there may be a possible end in sight. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, leader of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), and General Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo, leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), are currently engaged in a conflict which has...

Boots on the Ground: Poland and the War in Ukraine

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Michael Johns: Where in the world were you and what were you doing there?Oleksii Antoniuk: I was in Poland pretty much the entire mid-winter, starting from December 15th to January 14th. I spent an entire month in Warsaw and went around neighboring cities – Kraków, Wrocław. It...
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