The Middle East Beyond the Headlines


The University of Central Missouri (UCM) offers a wide variety of study programs for students to take advantage of while in school. One of these programs is "The Middle East Beyond the Headlines" which is a three-week, faculty-led tour to Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank. I participated in this program in the summer of 2018 and could not have been happier with the knowledge and growth I took back with me. The purpose of this specific program is to break the common stereotypes that people have regarding the Middle East. For example, when telling my family and friends that [...]

The Middle East Beyond the Headlines2021-06-11T11:08:08-05:00

Tensions in Middle East Slow Some Arms Exports


Conflicts such as the Yemeni Civil War and the conflict in Syria have had massive ramifications for major arms manufacturers around the world, in some countries more than others. Germany particularly has faced widespread criticism from its own citizens over military equipment being sold to the Saudi government or other Middle Eastern powers engaged in controversial conflicts. But Germany, who represents the fifth spot internationally in terms of total arms manufacturing and exportation (, is not the universal model for all countries exporting large amounts of military grade equipment. Their attempt to freeze sales to countries involved in the Yemeni [...]

Tensions in Middle East Slow Some Arms Exports2021-06-14T12:11:25-05:00

Addressing the Undefeated Battle of the Refugee Crisis


Throughout the centuries, the refugee crisis has been an issue that many generations have tried to solve. With each passing decade, the refugee crisis seems to be increasing more than ever before. According to the UNHCR, there are 65.6 million displaced people living in the world today ( The U.N. broke those statistics down and confirmed that 22.5 million are refugees; 17.2 million refugees are under the UNHCR mandate and 5.3 million are Palestinian refugees registered by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). 10 million people are not recognized by any [...]

Addressing the Undefeated Battle of the Refugee Crisis2021-06-14T13:30:26-05:00
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