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Global Smackdown: Semester Recap

For the final Global Smackdown of the semester Dr. Tim Horner offers some updates on previous Smackdowns he’s covered this fall. Below is a breakdown on what he updated in this episode as well as links to the original Smackdowns if you missed them. 

It can be so easy to become overly focused on where we’re at and our little bubbles, but Dr. Tim Horner’s Global Smackdowns allow us to take a step-back and stay up-to-date with the world of international relations. If you haven’t tuned in this semester, I definitely recommend going back and catching up on what you have missed!

This week’s full Global Smackdown can be viewed here.

Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.





Global Smackdown: Ethiopia

“If we don’t flood the area with diplomacy, this will just continue to spiral out of control and you could see the Horn of Africa descend into this, bringing in Sudan and Eritrea.”

Dr. Tim Horner brings us back to the Horn of Africa this week looking at attacks by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front on both Ethiopia and Eritrea. He breaks down the history of this conflict, key players, the United States role, and the implications this may have for the entire Horn of Africa if there is not diplomatic intervention soon.

The whole Global Smackdown for Monday, Nov. 16, is available via Zoom here.

Where in the world are we?

Google Map featuring Ethiopia and Eritrea


Global Smackdown: Sudan

“This is part of a larger resorting in the Middle East and the emergence of Iran and Saudi Arabia as these regional powers.”

This week’s Global Smackdown adds to the larger conflict going on in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Dr. Tim Horner looks at the recent developments in a normalization deal between Sudan and Israel and then breaks down the underlying Sudanese political tension, the United State’s stakes, and how the deal plays into the bigger regional picture. 

The whole Global Smackdown from Monday, Oct. 26, is available via Zoom here.

Where in the world are we?

map showing the location of Sudan


Global Smackdown: Nagorno-Karabakh

“This really goes back to old political divisions that were never really worked out from 1990, as well as old grudges going back to the Armenian Genocide.”

This week on the Global Smackdown Dr. Horner looks at the newest development in the dispute over the Nagomo-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He discusses the history of the conflict, as well as some of the other key international players that have influence. Find the full smackdown HERE.

Where in the world are we?


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.

Click here to view the video.

Where in the world are we?


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. 

Click here to view the video.

Where in the world are we?


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.

Where in the world are we?

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


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

screenshot of a video showing the protests in Belarus and a reporter covering it


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.

Where in the world are we?

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


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.






Last Modified: April 6, 2020