The PRC Tests its Borders in the 2023 Crisis Simulation

Written by Ciara Perez March 5, 2023 Last weekend, Patterson School students participated in the annual spring crisis simulation. This simulation differs from the fall simulation because it's entirely designed by a Patterson alumnus. This year, the simulation revolved around the tensions between China, Taiwan, the United States, and Japan over a crisis in the... Continue Reading →

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The Meridian Summit & Tackling Washington, D.C.

This weekend, a group of Patterson students travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Meridian Summit at the United States Institute of Peace.  This was the first in-person Summit since COVID-19, and this year, the focus was primarily on issues facing cyberspace.  The Summit was split into two locations: the Main Stage and the Innovation... Continue Reading →

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The South China Sea, Chinese Aggression, & Alleged Assault: The Fall Simulation

On October 7th & 8th, the Patterson School and the Army War College participated in the annual negotiation exercise.  This exercise consisted of several countries working together to overcome issues facing the South China Sea.  The countries that participated in this simulation were the United States, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Japan.  The... Continue Reading →

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Patterson 2023 Spring Break Trip

Written by Osetemega Iribiri Day I Sixteen students and Ambassador Carey Cavanagh of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce spent three days visiting organizations in Ohio, Michigan, and Canada. The first stop on Monday, March 13, was the United States Air Force Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Students were introduced to... Continue Reading →

Hydroelectric Power Concerns in Laos

Construction on the Luang Prabang dam site. Photo courtesy of the Bangkok Tribune. (Photo credit: the Diplomat) Written by Kyle Hosey Laotian and Thai authorities and Chinese power company Sinohydro have recently finalized another hydroelectric power dam agreement along the Mekong River in Laos. The Pak Lay project is one of nine mega-dams planned by... Continue Reading →

A Not-So-New Kazakhstan

Amanat chairman Yerlan Koshanov addressing party members after exit poll data were released (Phot credit: Eurasianet) Written by Allan Millward Kazakhstan's snap election for its lower house, the Majilis, was conducted on March 19th and has since concluded. Despite President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's promises of "modernization" and a "New Kazakhstan" in response to protests last year,... Continue Reading →

Honduras to Cut Diplomatic Ties with Taiwan

Written by Ciara Perez On March 14, 2023, Honduran President, Xiomara Castro, announced that the Honduras Foreign Ministry had begun switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. Though changing diplomatic recognition to China was one of Castro’s campaign promises, in line with the left-wing Liberty and Refoundation Party she represented, it was unclear if Castro would... Continue Reading →

Movement in the Chilean Government

Written by Ciara Perez March 12, 2023 Chilean Constitution Reform After an overwhelming majority voted against the proposed new constitution in September 2022, a second draft is officially in the works. Congress appointed a group of experts to begin the constitution draft, which is expected to be more moderate in its language. “The experts will... Continue Reading →

Another Pro-Ukraine Election Win in Estonia

Written by Ash Breedlove March 12, 2023 Digital voting has dominated Estonia’s most recent general election. The Baltic nation has used “i-voting” in order to increase the use of digital infrastructure. I-voting is made secure by an electronic identity system provided by e-Estonia. The security system involves user ID, a card reader, and PIN codes.... Continue Reading →

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