The Dilemma of the All-Volunteer Force

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) The United States’ military, the strongest military in the world, has depended upon an all-volunteer force (AVF) since 1973. Since then, our military conflicts have been disproportionately burdened by less than one percentage of our population. Although our military efficacy remains as stable as ever, the AVF model contains moral…

Pay Transparency and the Gender Gap

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) In the fight to bridge the gender pay gap, pay transparency has long been a tool suggested by civil rights groups. Theoretically, pay transparency—referring to a company’s public release of the salary information of all their employees—would reveal gender discrepancies where they exist. Such disclosure could force businesses to think…

Trump’s Military Transgender Ban, Take Two

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) President Trump’s first ban on transgender service members in our military, released in a firestorm of Tweets late last year, took the nation by surprise by its suddenness. Although his ban has since been blocked by four separate federal courts—a happy victory for transgender troops and civil right advocates—he has…

The U.S.’s Approaches to North Korea

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) Tensions between the United States’ and North Korea have been escalating throughout the past year. 2018, however, seems to be bringing forth a new era of diplomacy. Kim Jong Un has extended an invitation to President Trump to meet, an invitation that Trump has accepted. Although Trump appears confident, he…

Is Arming Teachers Gun Control?

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting on February 14, 2018, legislators at every level of government have been revisiting gun policy. One approach in particular, endorsed first by the NRA and now President Trump, rests upon the assumption that “the only thing stopping a bad guy with a gun…

India’s New Solution to Healthcare

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) India ranked 154th on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index in 2015, making it among the biggest underachievers in Asia. Their public health situation is notorious, with increasing levels of water and air pollution as well as other issues such as malnutrition and poor sanitation. The Indian government has announced…

A Budget Overhaul for SNAP

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) The United States’ food stamp program—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—extends back to the era of the Great Depression, and provides food security to over 45 million people in the country today. The budget proposal President Trump handed to Congress indicates his intentions to overhaul SNAP by cutting the program’s…