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Global Smackdown Wrap-Up: Iran

“[The statement made by Iran] also has to do with the UN Security Council and the shifting power dynamics within the UN Security Council.”

This week Dr. Tim Horner takes the time to talk about Iran and the Iran nuclear deal. The recent developments from the UN general assembly reveal the growing tension between Iran and the United States, as well as the United States’s changing standing in the world. Dr. Horner also touches on how Iran has been getting around some of the sanctions through help of other key, powerful countries.

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Global Smackdown Wrap-Up: Lebanon

“It’s important to understand how that blast is linked to the larger corruption going on in the country and the state of unrest.”

Dr. Tim Horner is back again and this time talking about Lebanon. Over a month later, the New York Times finally breaks down the massive Aug. 4 explosion in the port city of Beirut. More importantly, Dr. Horner uses the explosion as a way to deep-dive in the corruption plaguing Lebanon. 

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Global (Half)Smackdown: The United Arab Emirates & Israel

“This is really about regional politics and what’s happening in the Middle East is a dividing, a radicalizing, of these relationships that have been cold.”

Dr. Tim Horner’s Global (Half)Smackdown for Monday, August 31st, is available via Zoom HERE.

Last week, Dr. Tim Horner brought our attention to a story that has been hidden in the media underneath stories about COVID and the upcoming elections. He dives into the normalization of the relationship between the UAE and Israel. Tune in to hear about the implications this relationship has for the Middle Eastern region as a whole.

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Here’s a helpful map highlighting Israel and the UAE.


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Global (Half)Smackdown: Belarus’ Peaceful Protests & Corrupt Elections

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DR. TIM HORNER’S GLOBAL (HALF)SMACKDOWN FOR MONDAY, AUG. 24, IS AVAILABLE VIA ZOOM HERE.

In his first (Half)Smackdown of the fall semester, Dr. Tim Horner dives into the current unrest in Belarus due to President Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election in early August. Dr. Horner’s presentation touches on how a country can peacefully protest in the face of rampant corruption.

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Here’s a helpful map showing where Belarus is in relation to where we are here at Villanova.


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The Global (Half) SmackDown: Afghanistan

“This may be the kind of thing we look back on in ten years and wonder, ‘what were we thinking’, but for the time being, this is where we are.”—Dr. Tim Horner


Hello SmackDowners,

The Global(Half)SmackDown for April 6 is available now on Zoom.

This week, Dr. Horner takes on the stalled peace talks between the United States and Taliban in Afghanistan. On March 28, the US declared that they would withhold $1 billion dollars in aid from the Afghan government, citing recent contested Afghani elections. However, the decision to withhold funds may be intended to strong arm the Afghani government into following through with the US-Taliban peace agreement, despite numerous indications of the treaty’s shortcomings and shortsightedness.


Nate Gosweiler

Nate Gosweiler is a graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication department.

 

 


 

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Last Modified: April 6, 2020