A RESPONSE TO PROFESSOR BARBARA F. WALTER – TO END THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN YEMEN, STOP FUELING IT

by Christopher Magana
Staff Writer

Last month, Foreign Affairs published an essay by Michael Knights, Kenneth Pollack, and Barbara F. Walter–a renowned scholar, expert on civil wars, and UC San Diego professor–that calls for the United States to continue supporting the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. Walter and her co-authors argue that this conflict will be resolved with either one side winning a decisive victory or a negotiated settlement, the latter being how most intrastate wars in the Middle East and elsewhere have ended. Therefore, if we truly want to alleviate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the authors argue that the United States must continue to support Saudi Arabia and the Gulf coalition so they can force the Houthis and their Iranian backers to the negotiating table. Once there, the United States can pressure the two sides to accept a reasonable peace plan.

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FILIPINO MIDTERM ELECTIONS: A VICTORY FOR DUTERTE AND AUTHORITARIANISM

by Troy Tuquero
Staff Writer

The 2019 Midterm Elections in the Philippines proved to be a victory for President Rodrigo Duterte and his ruling coalition, PDP-Laban. Supporters of the President claimed victory over nine of the 12 Senate seats that were up for grabs, signaling the beginning of a newly emboldened presidency. The first half of the President’s term had been marked by opposition from a small group of Senators, who had successfully blocked certain portions of the President’s agenda. The midterm winners who will be replacing some of these opposition Senators are controversial figures. They include national police chief and proponent of Duterte’s drug war Ronald dela Rosa and Imee Marcos, daughter of the late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos who embezzled billions of dollars during his rule. Critics of Duterte have condemned the President for supporting candidates with personal or family ties to corruption and for prioritizing personal loyalty over candidate qualifications.

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WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE AFGHAN PEACE DEAL

by Cade Keating-Hudson
Staff Writer

The conflict in Afghanistan and the peace negotiations surrounding it has been seldom mentioned in recent news, with the few exceptional articles drawing an optimistic tone about the prospects of real peace. The reality is that an emboldened group of U.S. enemies may reclaim power and be unafraid to strike again, and history may help explain why.

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