The election of Donald Trump in 2016 baffled political analysts around
the world and cast doubt on the strength of American democracy. The
simultaneous rise of strongman politics in other parts of the world led many
to reconsider the assumptions of liberal democracy. In How Democracies...
Adam Isacson leads the Defense Oversight Program for the Washington Office on Latin America
(WOLA). He analyzes U.S. military assistance to Latin America, drug and security policy in the
Americas, and peace processes, with a special focus on U.S. defense cooperation in Colombia
Venezuela's economic crisis has spiraled out of control, creating secondary ripple effects
that are impacting the entire Western Hemisphere. This manmade crisis has produced an
unprecedented regional outflow of migrants and refugees that shows no sign of slowing
down and is likely to surpass the...
While Southeast Asia has experienced substantial economic and commercial growth in
recent years, transnational criminal organizations have sought to prey upon the success.
Among these groups, few are more economically draining than maritime pirates. These actors
operate outside the bounds of...
This article discusses the approaches that peace operations have taken to address organized
crime and explores strategies to improve their effectiveness. In the last twenty years, the U.N.
has produced relevant threat assessments and conventions, enhanced its use of technology
This paper argues that third-party peacekeeping can play a vital role in mitigating and resolving
the Ukraine-Russian conflict in the Donbas region. Understanding the current situation in the
region as well as the intricacies and implications of a U.N. peacekeeping mission is important
The recent shift in geopolitics towards renewed great power competition, demonstrated
by Russian actions in Ukraine, caused the United States to undertake a new program to
assure NATO alliance members and deter further Russian actions. This paper covers the
development, implementation, and...
Using data gathered by the District of Columbia, I measure the effects of housing prices in DC on the locations of Capital Bikeshare Stations. Since its operation in 2010, Bikeshare has grown rapidly in popularity among residents and tourists. I focused the influence of real estate values on the...
This study uses fixed effects estimation to empirically model the effect of political instability on tourism
to 15 MENA countries. My model reveals that acts of political violence, such as terrorist attacks, do not
negatively impact tourism to the region. However, other facets of political...
This article explores the evolution of space research conducted under agents of both federal and nonfederal
funding; current industrial trends have shifted the center of space research to immediate commercial
applications. The rise of patent laws in private industry, utilization of...