Happy Dog Takes on the World: 10 Years of War in Syria

In March of 2011, protestors took to the streets in Syria to show solidarity with the growing pro-democracy movements in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. Across the region, these protests sparked a domino effect of citizens taking to the streets to demand democratic reforms and greater freedoms; on a larger scale, this period became known as […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Why Rust Belts Matter Around the World

In America and other Western democracies, older industrial communities are in a painful process of economic transition. These geographic regions were once economic powerhouses, but have experienced a decline in manufacturing, and a subsequent decline in local economies, property taxes, education, and other community assets. Research has shown that when election season rolls around, residents […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Russia, Putin, and the Pro-Democracy Movement

Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption investigator and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s most prominent critic, is determined to challenge the authoritarian leader and change Russia’s political system. He was arrested on January 17 upon returning from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Putin has denied being involved. […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Coups and the Fragility of Democracy

On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Trump violently stormed the Capitol after attending a rally on the National Mall where Trump defended his belief that the election had been “stolen” from him. Five people died. Many saw it as inevitable, a cumulation of four years of President Trump and his administration testing the invisible […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Next President’s Foreign Policy Inbox

Regardless of which candidate prevails on November 3, the next President of the United States will inherit a complicated international landscape and mounting global problems. While this has been true for nearly every modern presidential election, what makes this election different is that Joe Biden and Donald J. Trump vastly disagree on almost every foreign […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Foreign Threats and the 2020 Election

The challenges facing contemporary democracies are unprecedented. The rise of foreign interference in the spread of disinformation, the fragility of cybersecurity, and questions of electoral integrity have recently forced us to reevaluate our conception of national security. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe. With less than 100 days to the 2020 […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: How Will Coronavirus Change the World? How Should We Change It?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life across the globe, profoundly affecting supply chains, healthcare, and the economy. It’s also exposed the harsh realities of racial, ethnic, economic, political, and health disparities the effects of which many countries have tried to minimize or ignore for decades. Now, as the pandemic slows before a probable second wave, […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: What’s Next for the U.S. and Iran?

On January 3, 2020, the United States carried out a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq which resulted in the death of nine people, including Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a powerful security and intelligence commander and longtime leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. On January, 8, 2020, Iran retaliated by firing missiles […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: How We Fight and Why it Matters, Ethics in Foreign Military Operations Today

Military ethics has primarily grabbed the public’s attention thanks to Hollywood. Through movies such as the Caine Mutiny, Platoon, and A Few Good Men, audiences have shared in the dilemmas of men and women in uniform as they struggle to discern what is right and wrong, and then try to do the right thing. Through […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Music as Political Diplomacy

While international affairs seem dominated by the high politics of official representatives and ambassadors, a great deal of transnational interaction happens at the levels of citizens and collectives. An increasingly popular form of cultural exchange and citizen diplomacy is expressed through music. What goes into these efforts? How do such exchanges shape the foreign artists […]

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