Author Archives: Lauren Gagliardi

Will The Aftermath Of The Mueller Report Implode The Democratic Party?

After examining the Mueller report, it is understandable that President Trump lied about a public relations strategy with Russian agents and the extent of the organization of the fruits of those efforts. Russians did conspire to influence the 2016 election and there was an agreement to work with one another, but not necessarily for the […]

America 2020: What Are We?

In the childhood of most millennials the year 2020 would foster wonderment about the future, a future that seemed consistent, pacing forward and bestowing upon the starry-eyed a sense that flying cars would dominate the world we would live in. At present, society has had many technological upgrades, the most revolutionizing for day-to-day life being […]

Is America At Risk Of Mirroring The Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960s?

Since before his inauguration, President Trump has sought to invigorate his populist appeal by reinforcing mistrust in the mainstream media. By painting the journalistic and media sources of the academic elite as propaganda tools for the Left, he has been able to establish a deep wedge in the American population, separating people into factions that […]

The Middle East Needs Its Own Vienna 1814

The Middle East is currently in the beginning of a grand regional realignment, one so vast it is sending shock waves slowly altering the post-Cold War alliance system. As the Syrian Civil War winds down, a new phase in the conflict will give rise to great power competition. Syria will be the focal point where […]

How Did Israel Get The West Bank And Is It Really An Illegal Occupation?

Why does this question matter? It matters because the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict is typically understood through dramatic headlines and snippets of information that obfuscates its arduous history. Attempting to answer this question is only part of a multilayered story, as the sovereignty claims of both Palestinians and Israelis do not exist in a […]

What Will American Power Look Like In A Multipolar International System?

America’s preeminence on the world stage, its unipolar moment, is over and Washington must redefine its role in the world before emerging powers do it for us. The coming multipolar world will be one where power is balanced based on the supremacy of technology. Global security will be defined by whoever controls the marketization of […]

Part 2: Is There Any Relevance In The History Of The English Civil War To America’s Deep Political Divisions?

Was The 17th Century English Civil War A Prelude To America’s 21st Century Identity Crisis? Is There Any Relevance In The History Of The English Civil War To America’s Deep Political Divisions? Under the Trump presidency, modern American politics is ruled by Congressional paralysis and grave ideological differences between the Left and Right. The division […]

Part 1: Was The 17th Century English Civil War A Prelude To America’s 21st Century Identity Crisis?

What Was The English Civil War And Its Historical Effect On A Newly Independent United States? The English Civil War (1642-1651) was a religious and cultural battle over the institutional powers of the English monarchy and the succession of English leadership. It was an epic battle of politics and religion that helped shape the political […]

Is The Modern State Protecting Our Rights?

Rousseau’s Social Contract Theory And The Perils Between Law and Freedom In my last part on social contract theory, I will discuss aspects of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s (1712-1778) musings on modern man’s quest to balance the want of freedom with the need of community. Rousseau’s social contract design begins with the theme of alienation. He was […]

The Nature of the Nation-State is Changing: Is a Broken Social Contract to Blame?

When looking at current events it is impossible to ignore the multitude of succession and separatist movements happening across the globe. From the Kurds of Northern Iraq and to the Catalan people of Spain, both have declared independence and seek to operate as states separate from the government authority of Baghdad and Barcelona. Regional powers […]