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Willful Ignorance and the Dark Side of Empathy in the Mogadishu Terror Attacks

By Lydia Zheng Published November 2, 2017

Written by Lydia Zheng, 11/02/17 In the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia's history, the people of Mogadishu are desperately trying to recover"”while the West turns a blind eye.


Foreign Diplomacy and the Semantics of Nuclear War in Digital Communication

By Lydia Zheng Published November 2, 2017

Written by Lydia Zheng, 11/02/2017 The globalization of technology has undoubtedly brought a host of benefits to the world at large. In the era of digital communication, it also makes it easier than ever for foreign leaders and dignitaries to communicate; for the Trump presidency, this may only complicate the international relations of the United States.


The US vs. the UN: Reconsidering America's Human Rights Record in the Modern Era

By Lydia Zheng Published March 24, 2017

Written by Lydia Zheng, 3/24/17 As Trump's threats to leave the UN Human Rights Council grow more plausible with each passing day, they have drawn criticism from those who believe that a withdrawal from the body would mean ceding American influence over international dialogue about the nature of human rights. These concerns, posed mainly by those who see the United States the standard-bearer on human rights, evoke larger questions: what are the implications of withdrawing from the Human Rights Council, and is the US really moral in its foreign policy?


Three Reasons Why Transparency for Foreign Policy in the Oval Office is More Essential Than Ever

By Lydia Zheng Published February 27, 2017

Written by Lydia Zheng, 2/27/17 In the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser, Democrats and Republicans alike are regarding the new administration's foreign policy decisions with apprehension. And yet, in a recent press conference, President Trump affirmed that he had no duty to the public or the media to speak of his resolutions concerning international affairs. Here are three reasons he's wrong"”and why it matters.