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ISIS On The Rise

By Josh Zuckerman Many, including myself, have argued that the conflicts in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq are in large part a result of a region-wide proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It would be incorrect, however, to assume that [...]

January 7, 2014 Soapbox Blog

South China Sea conflict

The current stand-off in South China Sea between China, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian countries such as Viet Nam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei is among the most heated issues concerning East and Southeast Asia international relations. According to maps [...]

December 11, 2013 Soapbox Blog

Washington and TV

Last Friday, as I sat at my kitchen table noshing on some delicious Thanskgivakkuh leftovers, I stumbled across the most recent issue of New Republic. On its cover were some of my favorite faces from TV—crazy Carrie from Homeland, quircky [...]

December 5, 2013 Soapbox Blog

2013 and Same-Sex Marriage

On Monday, December 2nd, gay couples could marry legally in the state of Hawaii, marking the 16th state that has legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. The Hawaii State Legislature held a special session that ended on October 28th [...]

December 4, 2013 Soapbox Blog

The Iranian Nuclear Deal: A Step Towards Peace?

By Josh Zuckerman After months of negotiation the P5+1 and Iran have finally come to a preliminary agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement is designed to warm relations and build trust between Iran and the international community. The negotiations [...]

December 1, 2013 Soapbox Blog


When our children and grandchildren look back at history, they may remember November 21, 2013 as the day the United States Senate started working again. Probably not, because with any luck our children and grandchildren will be well-adjusted people with [...]

November 21, 2013 Soapbox Blog

Rational Actors And Irrational Preferences

The term ‘irrational actor’ seems to have weaved its way from the political science academic field through the course of policy discussion and into mainstream popular discourse. Most recently, this term has been bandied around in reference to Iran, and [...]

November 18, 2013 Soapbox Blog

Christie's Potential 2016 Bid

Last week, Chris Christie was reelected as the governor of New Jersey. Not a surprising fact, his victory was unquestionable. Christie won 60.5% of the vote. Now, the question everyone wants answered is whether Chris Christie will remain in that [...]

November 14, 2013 Soapbox Blog

Yippee Ki-Yay Part II: The Reckoning

With Washington D.C. treading water until they can go home for Thanksgiving (aren’t we all?), the news week has been pretty slow. To take a page from my friend Adam Hersh’s book, it’s time for Political Round Up Part II: [...]

November 13, 2013 Soapbox Blog

New Jersey Raises its Minimum Wage, Congruous with the Sentiment of the Country

As of January 1st, the minimum wage in New Jersey will be $8.25/hour, up one dollar from the current rate of $7.25/hour. The minimum wage will also be subject to increase in accord with increases in cost-of-living each year. Despite [...]

November 13, 2013 Soapbox Blog