POFA Explainers

Understanding Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign and What Comes Next

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, died at Balmoral Castle on Sept. 8, 2022, at age 96, after ruling for seventy years. Following her death, thousands worldwide paid tribute in an elaborate ten-day mourning sequence called Operation London Bridge. King Charles III now inherits a pandemic-torn nation fraught with inflation. What … Continue reading Understanding Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign and What Comes Next

Deadly Floods in Pakistan

Beginning mid-June and ending late August year, the monsoonal rainfall poured ceaselessly over Pakistan, submerging one-third of the country, particularly the southern provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. It was the wettest August has been since 1961 with almost 15 inches of rain a day, displacing over 33 million people, killing around … Continue reading Deadly Floods in Pakistan

The Growth of Israel-UAE Relations

By Lucas Holloway Once long-standing adversaries, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have come to establish a growing partnership in recent years, brought about by the historic signing of the Abraham Accords in August 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about this diplomatic normalization and its potential reverberations across the … Continue reading The Growth of Israel-UAE Relations

Crisis In the Northern Triangle

Anusha Rao A wave of migrants coming from a region of Central America, known as the Northern Triangle, has showcased how the culmination of poverty, violence, and instability in the area is forcing residents away. The Northern Triangle, comprising three countries- El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, have suffered from these chronic … Continue reading Crisis In the Northern Triangle

The Future of NATO

Established in 1949 as a military alliance to protect against Soviet encroachment into Western Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has worked towards “uniting efforts for collective defense and the preservation of peace and security”, a goal that has remained unchanged over the years. However, in the face of shifting interests … Continue reading The Future of NATO

Polexit? Implications of Poland’s Landmark Supreme Court ruling

On Thursday Oct. 7, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that Poland’s national laws take supremacy over European Union (EU) laws, This marks the end of a cumulative battle between thePoland’s right-wing government and the EU. Since assuming his position in December 2017, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki implemented several changes to the … Continue reading Polexit? Implications of Poland’s Landmark Supreme Court ruling

Explaining the Pandora Papers

Just a few years after the Panama and the Paradise Papers of 2016 and 2017, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published the Pandora Papers beginning Oct. 3, 2021. It is, by the volume of information uncovered, the biggest investigative piece by ICIJ yet, exposing many offshore accounts and shell … Continue reading Explaining the Pandora Papers

Austria’s Leadership Shakeup:

For the second time in a little over three years, Austrian Chancellor and People’s Party (ÖVP) leader Sebastian Kurz finds himself out of the nation’s highest office, forced to step down on Oct. 9 amid allegations of corruption against his chancellorship. Here’s everything you need to know about this scandal and … Continue reading Austria’s Leadership Shakeup:

Explaining Upcoming Changes to Australia’s COVID-19 Policies

On Oct. 1, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared plans to lift some of its COVID-19 restrictions for the first time since March 2020. What was Australia’s COVID-19 strategy? During the pandemic, Australian leaders pursued a “covid zero” strategy. Australians and foreigners were not able to enter Australia, state borders were … Continue reading Explaining Upcoming Changes to Australia’s COVID-19 Policies

Explaining the Iron Dome

You have seen the videos of rockets exploding in the night sky like fireworks: they have gone viral and are played on news channels, along with talks of the Iron Dome. But what is this Iron Dome and why is it important?  What exactly is it? The Iron Dome is Israel’s … Continue reading Explaining the Iron Dome

The End of an Era: Looking Back on Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidency, His Legacy, and What Kind of Vaccum He leaves Behind

“We’re the ninth-safest city in the world. How do you think I did it? How did I reach that title as mayor among the world’s safest cities? Kill them all [criminals].” President Rodrigo Duterte, May 15, 2021. In a surprising move, Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte announced on October 2, 2021 that … Continue reading The End of an Era: Looking Back on Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidency, His Legacy, and What Kind of Vaccum He leaves Behind

Reshaping China: Xi’s recent Ideological Crackdown

President Xi Jinping has implemented a range of regulatory overhauls and cultural crackdown in China to re-centralise the Party-state’s society-wide control. These began late last year, but over the last month have significantly ramped up. Many centered around the idea of “common prosperity.” Characterized by a rapid rollback of economic liberalization … Continue reading Reshaping China: Xi’s recent Ideological Crackdown

The Current State of COVAX

With the large-scale production of COVID-19 vaccines, countries around the world have been vying to get their share. However, not all countries could spend the money necessary to secure vaccines, leaving a large gap of vaccination rates between wealthy and poor countries. COVAX was created in April 2020 to bring equity … Continue reading The Current State of COVAX