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Global Smackdown: Al-Hol Syria – Wives of ISIS

“This is a serious problem that is showing some real cracks, not only in the global refugee system that we have, but also individual countries are not finding ways to repatriate these women… so the children that are attached to these women are suffering the most.”

This week on Dr. Tim Horner’s Global Smackdown he looks at the global refugee system by focusing on two key cases stemming from women at Al-Hol, a housing camp for women and children from ISIS in Syria. Horner looks at international responses to these appeals for repatriation and explores the potential outcomes if the West does not reevaluate their system. 

The full Global Smackdown for Monday, March 1 is available here.

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Global Smackdown: Yemen

“I want to focus on two perspectives of the situation in Yemen that really indicate a shift in the way that, not just America, but other countries are starting to think about how they do foreign policy.”

This week on Dr. Tim Horner’s Global Smackdown he looks at Yemen’s Houthi rebels recent attack on a civilian plane in Saudi Arabia. Horner takes this event and places it into a larger conversation about the evolution and development of foreign policy. He does this by juxtaposing two perspectives on the situation in Yemen.

The whole Global Smackdown for Monday, Feb. 12, is available via Zoom here.

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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.

 

 


 


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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.

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Google Map featuring Ethiopia and Eritrea


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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.

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map showing the location of Sudan


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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.

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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.

Click here to view the video.

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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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The Global(Half)SmackDown: Bolsonaro’s response to Covid-19 in Brazil

Dr. Tim Horner’s Global(Half)SmackDown for Monday, March 30, is available via Zoom (Click Here).

In keeping with the current focus on Covid-19, this week’s G(H)SD tackles Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the Corona virus in Brazil. Dr. Horner’s presentation touches on the “magical thinking” underlying Bolsonaro’s response (or lack there of) to the pandemic.


Nate GosweilerNate Gosweiler is a graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication department. He is currently watching new Netflix series to avoid the stress of finishing half-watched series.


 

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Remote Discoveries: The Global SmackDown Zooms Forward

Hello, Wildcats,

I hope those reading this are healthy, safe, and have found some sense of relief. I can only imagine the concern and uncertainty you may be feeling at this moment. I myself have been coming to terms with how my daily life will change during these trying times. Moreover, I know many of you are going through the difficult transition of attending college from places you never expected when you “went away to college.”

Yet, there is still much going on through Falvey Memorial Library. This ongoing “Remote Discoveries” blog will highlight some of the ongoing resources and events continuing through this transition. Although the recent closure of Villanova’s campus means the Library is physically closed, remote resources and virtual events are still going on.

Falvey Memorial Library, and the wonderful creators and thinkers that we support, are committed to continuing their efforts as we transition to virtual platforms. Even though we are not at Falvey, we are still connected as a community.


The GlobalSmackdown Zooms Forward

Screenshot of Dr. Horner's Zoom presentation

Tim Horner’s, DPhil, GlobalSmackDown recently made the transition to a virtual format through Zoom, condensing the 23-minute presentation to a fleet 11 and a half minutes. The Smackdown’s move from IRL to online ensures that we can all stay up to date on global issues. For those unfamiliar with Dr. Horner’s work, you can find a collection of his abbreviated presentations on the Falvey Memorial Library YouTube channel.

The new Global(Half)SmackDown will be available each Monday in virtual format. Click here (this will direct your browser to a Villanova.zoom.us page) to view the G(H)SD from March 16 regarding the protests in Mexico on International Women’s Day. You can find future G(H)SDs posted here on the Library blog, as well as on our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


The Importance of the GlobalSmackDown

“We are seeing the lines between domestic policy and foreign policy disappearing, I think COVID-19 could be a way showing people how interconnected local ‘American’ issues are with global ones,” Dr. Horner says.

At this time, news may seem overwhelming. Many localities and communities in the US are being affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the entire Villanova campus and community. With so much changing so quickly at home, developments across the global may seem inconsequential. Yet it is important to remember that the injustices and conflicts across the globe will not cease because of COVID-19; if anything, they will continue at a higher register.

I spoke with Dr. Horner over the phone to discuss the GlobalSmackDown and what it means during this distressing moment. A portion of his response is quoted below.

“I think it’s important for people to not just live life thinking solely of COVID-19. These things that are happening around the world are still happening. My hope, the silver lining in all of this, is that Americans realize how interconnected we are, that this virus has transgressed all our efforts to make us feel that we are in an American bubble.

“If there is a tipping point in this, and if there is something that it can change in us, COVID-19 may be that one thing that went under the radar and served as a wake-up call to a generation. That we are globalized, and we are not isolated. That could be an amazing turnaround if that happens, that in this distressing moment we realized how connected we are.”

 


Nate GosweilerNate Gosweiler is a graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication department. He is currently suffocating under the growing weight of his newly-created twitter feed. It. Never. Stops…!


 

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Last Modified: March 19, 2020