Conversation: Foreign Policy

September 29, 2017


Recent discussions on Bridge the Divide have centered around the North Korean threat of nuclear war, what the global response should be, and  how to deal with Kim Jung Un as a leader. Diplomacy with China, US, and other actors have also been widely discussed. In her follow-up, Maria Martin urges us to remember the real people suffering everyday at the hands of the Kim regime. 

Following Donald Tru...

Question: How should countries address the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

Creating International Emergency Panels: Written by Dalya Al Masri, Canada

The Syrian refugee crisis began long before it sparked attention from international media outlets. To fully understand the complexity of the refugee crisis, one must look to the source of where it all began. Syria has been engaged in a civil war between the government of President Bashar Al...


Question: Should the US involve North Korea?

Ending a Crisis and Restoring Balance: Written by Khushboo Shah, India

The territory of North Korea is a space of military containment and ideological restrictions. A nation built on a watch-dog routine; it requires each and every citizen to be profoundly self-reliant. The only irony is that, the very ‘democratic’ North Korean idea of self-reliance interprets to Juche; an...


As the so-called “siege of Qatar” by Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries intensifies, major global figures are taking a hard look as to why this whole fiasco occurred in the first place and many opinions on this issue are dividing the world. Even the country where I come from, the United States of America, is visibly torn on the diplomatic crisis.

Let us consider one of the charges that the Saudis have...

June 30, 2017


The recent diplomatic blockade ‘organised’ by Saudi Arabia and its allies actually shows the staunch vulnerability in the gulf region. The series of events bubbling up one after the other in quick succession is quite hard to digest. The pivot point of the circus of events was an alleged statement given by the Emir of Qatar which triggered a backlash from Saudi and Emirati media outlets. The Qatari governmen...

Question: Which side is right in the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Pro-Israel, written by Noah Redlich, California 

There is an overwhelming consensus in the United States that it is crucial to have a pro-Israel foreign policy, but what exactly would that look like? This question is a source of huge contention that divides Jewish communities, political groups such as J Street and AIPAC, and ultimately, Washington’s politicians...

In the midst of a deplorable humanitarian crisis, why is there a growing stigma of hate?


On November 14, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım ordered the blocking of more than five different social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram. This censorship comes after the coup directed towards the administration of current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 15, 2016. This censorship is just one of many concerning decisions his administration has made. For many people, Turkey is not a n...

February 22, 2017


"I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey." With these words a Pakistani child strikingly expresses his fear of clears skies, taken over by attack drones that fly constantly above the trembling population of countries such as Pakistan. These aircraft have taken center stage in international debate in the last few years, yet have b...

February 5, 2017


When the Obamas first stepped in Cuba in March of 2016, they signaled the historic reconciliation between two countries — and two ideologies — hitherto considered unrelenting opposites. However, that gesture was but a small island of unity in a seething ocean of intolerance. About a month later, anti-Muslim feelings peaked in Europe when terrorist attacks killed 31 people in Brussels. In June, the Unit...

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