Russia: Between Cooperation and Reluctance

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Not a foe, neither a friend, what is Russia to the world? My last two articles tried to shed light on Russia’s strategic interests and new foreign and security policies. Having lived in the former Soviet Union, I can claim that if Russia wants to catch up with the West, […]

The Backbone of Moscow’s Security and Foreign Policy

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer In my last contribution I argued that Russia sits on a vast territory surrounded by threats and is full of structural weakness. The country seems to be a weak and paranoid state with delusions of grandeur, but with no real power other than an assertive discourse and limited military capacity. […]

Russia Is Back! Are We Ready for the Challenge?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer On Wednesday, in Moscow, the U.S. Secretary of State held high-level conversations with his Russian counterpart and the President of Russia. According to CNBC, his words were: “There is a low level of trust between our countries. The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship.” Both countries […]

My Trip to Russia: Journey from the Heart to the Soul

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer I always get this melancholy feeling when I land in Moscow. After spending the night in London, I immediately recognized the feeling that I was no longer in the United States or Europe. This landscape and language unconsciously evoked emotion that tug at my soul as I walked outside of the […]

Trump, Russian Oil, and “The Odious Smell of Truth”

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief Last Sunday night, at about 11:00 p.m., I found myself headed through the U.S.-Mexico border, the nose of the car pointed due south. The circumstances that led me to that point are very, very T-Bird. I was eating a late breakfast and plowing through some readings in the Pub earlier that […]

Pussy Riots and Protests: The Fight for Equal Rights

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer In 2012, a group of five Russian girls wearing bright ski masks danced mockingly in an up-yours-style protest before the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The band members performed their “punk prayer” in a wild exhibition that eventually sentenced three of them to two years in a penal […]

Fidel Castro Roundtable

By Mary Grace Richardson, Staff Writer Last week Cuban politician and revolutionary Fidel Castro passed, resurfacing a storm of debate surrounding his legacy. With his death being a chance to reflect on Cuba’s past, we can understand where our own idea of the leader is rooted and what it might say about our upbringing, where […]

Emerging Markets Bazaar

Thunderbird Emerging Markets Business Association (TEMBA) organized an Emerging Bazaar on Thursday April 24th. It was an informational event with teams from different countries of the world showcasing the ‘attractiveness’ of their market. Few clubs had an extensive research document about the market condition in their country while few others had excellent speakers describing the […]