California’s Proposed Legislation in Response to 2017’s Wildfires

By Elinor Aspegren (PZ ’20) 2017 in California was characterized, among other things, by the wildfires that ravaged the state. Over  9,000 wildfires raged across California, burning down 10,000 structures and killing at least 46 civilians and firefighters. The current California wildfire policies did not aid the populus as much as they should have. Therefore, major…

Reconsidering Definitions of Terrorism: Putting the Spotlight on States and Impact

By Kate Lambroza (Georgetown University ’18), Guest Contributor Graphic Design by Gabriella Mas (Georgetown University ’18) Introduction Defining terrorism plagues organizations, agencies, and states alike. While terrorism dates back to the French revolution, the new tactics of international terrorist organizations have forced definitions to be modified. The problem with defining terrorism is that definitions often suit the…

Freedom of Speech and LGBTQ Civil Rights

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) Last December, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case that has regularly made headlines for its potentially widespread impact on the strength of LGBTQ civil rights law. While many view this case as a landmark for religious liberty, the defendant’s…

The United States’ Shaky Relationship with the World Trade Organization

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) The mantra of “America First” has come to symbolize President Trump’s commitment to America’s businesses and manufacturing industries. In January, Trump took the first step in fulfilling his promise of protectionism by implementing tariffs on washing machines and solar products after complaints from multiple companies that cheap, artificial prices from…