Ukraine and GPII’s Facilitating International Understanding

Last February, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine with the invent of subjugating Kiev. Russian President Vladimir Putin envisioned restoring some of the lost luster of the Soviet Union – and Russian Empire before it. He also saw it as a way of testing the resolve of Washington and its NATO allies, particularly in […]
Posted January 11, 2023

Russian Cultural Annexation of Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine have entered into their sixth month of armed conflict. After invading Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, Russia forced Ukrainian forces out of all of the Luhansk region and the majority of the Donbas region[i]. In March, Russia redefined its military objective to liberate the Luhansk and Donetsk provinces instead of the entirety […]
Posted January 4, 2023

A Line in the Sand: the conflict between Morocco and Algeria

The unilateral severing of Algerian and Moroccan diplomatic relations in the summer of 2021 occurred days after the President of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, declared that the diplomatic situation between the two countries would be under review (Rachidi). In reference to the declaration, Foreign Minister Ramdane Lamamra of Algeria said that the Moroccan Kingdom had been […]
Posted December 1, 2022

Close to Home: The Human Trafficking Epidemic in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland, is a magnet for human trafficking due to the highways, hotels, casinos and airports that are in proximity. Additionally, the juxtaposition of severe poverty beside substantial wealth has fostered an environment allowing the human trafficking industry to prosper. A long history of racial, economic, and environmental inequality has negatively influenced Baltimore’s minority population. […]
Posted November 29, 2022

Ukraine Ballet Event

In late August, the University of Central Florida’s Global Perspectives and International Initiatives and University of Central Florida’s Arts and Humanities hosted the event “Dances and Discussion: An Evening with the Ukrainian National Ballet.” Dancers from the Ukrainian National Ballet came to UCF to perform brief exhibitions of their show and provide the audience with […]
Posted November 29, 2022

Desertification in the Middle East

Desertification is the process by which fertile becomes desert. This land degradation is typically a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate human activities and agriculture. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions are the most vulnerable places in the world to climate change, specifically desertification. Desertification plays a considerable toll on water scarcity, which […]
Posted November 29, 2022

The Seven Labors of Rostam: Reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal

It is said that Rostam, among the greatest of Persian mythical heroes, was once challenged to complete seven dangerous tasks.  This effort can best be described as herculean since the similarities between the stories of Rostam and Hercules are unlikely to be mere literary coincidence; ultimately, Rostam’s adventures inspired the Persian adage “the seven labors […]
Posted November 29, 2022

How Right-Wing Extremists Influence 2022 French Political Elections

With the recent rise of far-right groups in Europe, specifically in France, it leaves immigrants and ethnic minority groups worried about their safety. To protect themselves from far-right groups and terrorist attacks, these minority groups vote in political elections for a candidate that vows to protect them. (Pascoët et al. 2022). It is important to […]
Posted November 29, 2022

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