Analyzing Five Alleged IRA Reddit Accounts

Word cloud showing five alleged IRA accounts’ most-discussed topics topics on Reddit. This graph was generated using a frequency analysis of selected comments and submission from Reddit.  This piece was authored by an anonymous SSP student Background The Russian Federation’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election has been the subject of much media fanfare, … Continue reading Analyzing Five Alleged IRA Reddit Accounts

NATO: Where It Has Been, and Where It Should Go

US troops, part of a NATO mission to enhance Poland’s defense, before an official welcoming ceremony in Orzysz, Poland, 12 April 2017. Photo Credit: AP With the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO cheered it had “won” the war with its longtime rival, leaving in its wake uncertainty for an organization that stood with clear … Continue reading NATO: Where It Has Been, and Where It Should Go

European Militaries Join the U.S. in Space

US allies in Europe are following in America’s footsteps and developing their own military space commands. In Dec 2018, the U.S. announced the elevation of U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM). Since then, the four largest countries in Europe announced their own similar institutions: French Space Command, the German Air and Space Operations Centre, the UK Space … Continue reading European Militaries Join the U.S. in Space

Sputnik V is Helping Putin Reach for the Stars

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using “vaccine diplomacy” to improve Russia’s global status. Photo credit: Pixabay The COVID-19 crisis created an opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin to expand his sphere of influence.  As countries turned inward, consolidating resources and vaccinating their populations first, Moscow chose to embark on a campaign of “vaccine diplomacy.” This … Continue reading Sputnik V is Helping Putin Reach for the Stars

India needs Planes, Waivers, and A Little Bit of Patience

Photo Credit: Boeing The Border Clash          On June 15th, 2020, Chinese and Indian forces clashed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) resulting in the deaths of twenty Indian soldiers and at least six members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).[1] This clash, the first border incident between the two nuclear armed powers to lead … Continue reading India needs Planes, Waivers, and A Little Bit of Patience

What Ever Happened to Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Photo Credit: Agency for the Statistic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Popis: Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Dayton Accords, the agreement that ended the Bosnian War and instituted power-sharing between the state’s three constituent peoples, marked its 25th anniversary late last year. Two-and-a-half decades later, where is Bosnia and Herzegovina … Continue reading What Ever Happened to Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Trump’s Refusal to Concede Emboldens Europe’s Right-Wing Authoritarian Leaders

Protests in Belarus over President Alexander Lukashenko’s fraudulent victory. Photo Credit: Artem Podrex/Pexels Despite Joe Biden’s clear and convincing victory, Donald Trump has refused to concede the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.  Since the election, he and his supporters have made baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and have spread conspiracy theories spawned on fringe-media outlets, … Continue reading Trump’s Refusal to Concede Emboldens Europe’s Right-Wing Authoritarian Leaders

Russia’s Latin America Foreign Policy Supports its Incursions in Ukraine

Russian troops enter Perevalne base, a Ukrainian military installation located in Crimea, during the Crimean Crisis of 2014. Photo Credit: Anton Holoborodko Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its sponsorship of an ongoing separatist insurgency in Eastern Ukraine was largely met with widespread international condemnation. The United States and European Union levied sanctions against … Continue reading Russia’s Latin America Foreign Policy Supports its Incursions in Ukraine