At the beginning of the pandemic in Spain, the Spanish government made some serious blunders. Just days before lockdown, hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of Madrid for the Women’s March while COVID-19 lurked undetected and senior government officials downplayed the risks. The Spanish government mirrored the rhetoric of many other national leaders. “The virus is not in Spain nor is it being transmitted,” said Fernando Simon, Spain’s leading health professional, in February. He could not have been more wrong.

On March 14th, Spanish President Pedro Sanchez issued a state of alarm, placing Spaniards under one of the…


The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers set off nationwide protests and conversations about the systemic racism prevalent in the United States. Protesters confront topics like the militarization of police, representation in local and national government, and widespread racist attitudes. However, urban planning and development’s history in these factors has passed rather unnoticed in this national conversation, and forgetting such an impactful aspect of systemic racism could bring unintended consequences from our proposed solutions.

For an example of urban policy gone wrong, we can examine Atlanta, Georgia, the city “Too Busy to Hate” and home…


The sudden appearance of electric scooters in cities internationally led to widespread backlash from elected officials. However, they should act as a wake-up call to our shoddy biking and pedestrian infrastructure.

One of 771,000 bike trips made in Atlanta last year (atlantadowntown.com)

Amber Ford, Brad Alexander, Eric Amis Jr., and Quinterry McGriff, all died on the Atlanta’s streets after being hit by a vehicle while riding a scooter. In response to these deaths, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms cut off permitting for electric scooters, implemented speed controls, and emphasized the safety hazards of these machines.

However, these deaths are not a product of a “scooter invasion”. Rather, these deaths follow a larger…


On October 7th, 2019, US President Donald Trump announced that the US would pull its troops from Northern Syria. While this came as a surprise to many, it should not have. Donald Trump began his campaign criticizing the interventionist administrations preceding him, such as Bush Administration with Dick Cheney and the Obama administration with his opponent, Hillary Clinton. As the 2020 election crept closer, Trump needed legitimacy for his claims to be an isolationist (especially following the 2017 Syrian airstrikes and the increased rate of drone strikes under his presidency). …


The European Parliamentary elections of 2019 were certainly momentous. In Italy, Poland, and Hungary, the far-right solidified their hold over their countries' politics. In the UK, the anti-EU Brexit Party took almost every constituency. And in France, Marine Le-Pen’s far-right National Rally beat out President Macron’s centrist En Marche. However, these headline-worthy defeats of the classic center-left and center-right parties cover up some larger trends — a political shift from the radical right to the center, the political importance of climate change, and the widespread support for the EU — which shed light on a bright future for the EU.

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Justin Morgan

Interested in US, EU, and Global politics.

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