Debate Debrief: Was NYU Abu Dhabi a Mistake?

Debate Debrief: Was NYU Abu Dhabi a Mistake?

When the University first announced its plans to build a campus in the UAE ten years ago, it was not met with complete support...But the original controversies of 2007 never subsided.

Given the timely nature of the issue, the club decided to hold a debate on whether or not the inception of NYU Abu Dhabi was misguided, focusing specifically on the topic of academic freedom.

Exceptionalism and Exemption in US Nuclear Policy

Exceptionalism and Exemption in US Nuclear Policy

The United States was not the first country to fight for independence, and it certainly will not be the last. It did not provide the world with the great gift of democracy; we have the ancient Greeks to thank for that. And due to centuries of imperialism, it is not the first global superpower. So what is it about America that makes so many people regard it as exceptional?

Perceptions of Political Bias and Efficacy in Social science Research

Perceptions of Political Bias and Efficacy in Social science Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges conducts studies on federal funding committed to research for different branches of science. The data shows that not only do the psychological and social sciences receive the least amount of funding, but also that the overall amount has dropped in the past decade.

A new approach to new terror: Three Horizons of combating extremism

A new approach to new terror: Three Horizons of combating extremism

The guerilla tactics of the Afghan Mujahideen in the 70s are simply no match for the complex online financing and international recruitment operations used by ISIS today.  While new groups are constantly improving their combat and outreach strategies, older groups that haven’t adapted as readily are quick to fade into obscurity.  The result is a world where terrorist groups are stronger, more sophisticated, and more threatening than ever before.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Death

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Death

The American people’s continued adherence to mendacious structures and policies that promote the suffering of citizens is duplicitous to the very rights this country esteems ...It is grossly hypocritical for a society that stands by the words “Give me liberty or give me death” to deny an individual's liberty to choose death.

Debate Debrief: Does Protest Have a Place in Sport?

Debate Debrief: Does Protest Have a Place in Sport?

When quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the treatment of African-Americans and other minority groups in the US by kneeling for the National Anthem, he was met with condemnation. Such reactions force us to reconsider which political displays are deemed “acceptable” in sports and which are not. They also lead us to contemplate whether politics ought to have a presence in the field, in the stands, or in the locker room.

The Spectacle of the Fair

The Spectacle of the Fair

Public perception of Indigenous people is regulated to aid the American cultural narrative. The result is a strategically fashioned idea of the United States as existing in an untainted present state. This produces a notion of endless growth and opportunity, leaving behind stories of past genocide that nonetheless continue to burden Indigenous groups.

Too Little, Too Late: Our Fading Environment

Too Little, Too Late: Our Fading Environment

As it stands, the outlook is grim. Humanity has collectively passed the point of no return in its emissions and wanton pollution of the environment. With this in mind, the time has come to shift from half-hearted preventive measures to a full-scale preparation for a warmer planet.

On the Hollywood Industrial Complex

On the Hollywood Industrial Complex

The Hollywood Industrial Complex produces deceptive cultural products that glorify war and lure the American public into supporting their government’s imperialist agenda. Films funded by the DOD not only anesthetize violence, but create a narrative that justifies it through plot lines, characters, and scenes that alienate American “enemies” and offer single-sided reasoning for military presence abroad

Civil Liberties, Cybersecurity and the Future of Modern Society

Civil Liberties, Cybersecurity and the Future of Modern Society

Recent revelations of pervasive surveillance, sharp rises in cyberattacks, and non-disclosure of vulnerabilities in consumer products render former policy insufficient. They also compel us to question what steps to take towards a better internet – one that is secure, sensitive to privacy, and accessible to all.