Torturing America: Securing the American Interest

Originally Published in The Cornell International Affairs Review, vol. III, no. 2, Spring 2010 Even before his inauguration, President Barack Obama made it clear that he believed torture was morally reprehensible and promised that under his administration the U.S. would no longer practice torture.1 Accordingly, on April 16th, 2009 Mr. Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice authorized the release …

Chile vs. Haiti: Political Economy and Earthquake Preparedness

In the first two months of this year the world experienced two devastating earthquakes: one in Haiti and one in Chile, begging a comparison between the two incidents.  Haiti, of course, was a worldwide sensation. In the month or two following the earthquake nearly every fundraiser and charity seemed to be providing relief to Haiti and its people. The magnitude …

Healthcare Reform: Confounding Moral Obligation and Supererogation

In the aftermath of signing the new healthcare bill into law this March, President Obama has presumptuously hailed the reform a measure that “represents a basic middle-of-the-road solution to a very serious problem” as well as one that “incorporates ideas from both Democrats and Republicans.”[1] Really? What “middle-of-the-road” solution fails to gain even an inkling of Republican support in both …

The Case Against Global Zero

“So to day, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” -President Barack Obama, April 2009 During an address in Prague on April 2009, President Obama reiterated Ronald Reagan’s vision of a nuclear free world by committing to do everything in his power to shore up the nonproliferation …

NASA: A Case for Curiosity-Based Research

The general public may question the wisdom of investing so much time and money into efforts that may never provide practical returns. This is the reason that in this year’s budget, the 17.68 billion dollar question is: why conduct science for the sake of science?

The Oldest of the Still Existing Containment Policies

For approximately half of a century, the United States has maintained a limited interaction with the Cuban state. On issues ranging from economic trade to the participation in the World Baseball Classic, the United States has unfairly singled out Cuba as the lone recipient of US containment.