Trump and Israel: Was Netanyahu’s victory influenced by American action?

By Francis Northwood (PO ’21) Last Tuesday, April 9th, Benjamin Netanyahu defeated his greatest challenger yet, Benny Gantz, in a tightly contested election watched by the entire world. It was decided by fewer than 20,000 votes. While the geopolitical implications of this election are serious, Netanyahu’s election itself deserves greater analysis. Netanyahu was just indicted…

What Happens After Graduation? International Students & the Fight for Visas

By Calla Li (PO ’22) American universities across the country have long regarded international students as a means of not just increasing campus diversity, but increasing revenue too, as international students receive (on average) far less financial aid than their American peers. In the 2017-2018 school year alone, 1.1 million international students representing over 100…

Trump’s Ban on Trans Military Members Formally Implemented

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) Last Friday, the Department of Defense began implementing a new policy that effectively prevents transgender individuals from joining the military. Although the policy was announced in a Defense Department memorandum last month, enforcement began on April 12. This development follows efforts to curtail transgender military service by the Trump…

The Special Counsel’s Structural Dilemma

By Francis Northwood (PO ’21) When a president does something very wrong, a special counsel is often tasked with an investigation. This was the case with Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, and Whitewater. However, the special counsel is appointed by the Attorney General, which gives it strange status. It is controlled by the executive branch, but…