I am honored to publish the fifth issue of the fourth volume of The World Mind. As the newest Executive Editor, I am preceded by four others–Bill Kakenmaster, Emily Dalgo, Caroline Rose, and Andrew Fallone–all of whom are wonderful writers and even better people. After submitting as a guest writer, joining as a Staff Writer for the Foreign Policy and National Security column, and then becoming a Contributing Editor before assuming the role of Executive Editor, I have witnessed unprecedented growth of The World Mind. Since its inception in 2016, the magazine has endeavored to cover an array of subjects in international affairs and public policy. The magazine’s publication of over 220 scholarly articles and the creation of its first print issue is a testament to the progress that we have made in the past five years.
The cover image for this issue shows a protestor in Melbourne, Australia, participating in a demonstration on Invasion Day, a holiday that recognizes the injustices indigenous communities have endured and continue to endure. Several of our writers touch on similar themes of democratic action and human rights, from the violent war on drugs in the Philippines and precarious situation of the Kurds in Syria, to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela as President Maduro’s economy collapses.
In this issue, our writers call attention to a number of salient global issues. Managing Editor Madison Mauro examines the implications for E.U.-U.K. collaboration post-Brexit. Marketing Editor Julia Larkin analyzes the increase in backlogs for immigrant applications for the United States. Design Editor Rob Sanford describes why the United States should continue supporting local forces in Syria. I analyze America’s history of military spending and how it pertains to some of the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates, as well as compare the United States and Germany’s immigration models and how they affect immigrant participation in the economic sector. Staff Writer Anna Janson outlines the tumultuous history of Huawei and its relationship with the United States. Staff Writer Mya Zemlock details how hacking has become a primary tactic of Russian information warfare. Guest Writer Hannah Barrett delves into gendered disparity in the national security field. Staff Writer Ben Ramos explains the need for increased international action to address human rights concerns in the Philippines. Guest Writer Taisuke Fox outlines the descent of Venezuela into a dictatorship under President Maduro. Staff Writer Dayana Sarova weighs the benefits and risks of shadow banking and argues the need for global supervision standards. Finally, Staff Writer Prerita Govil looks at the current gender pay gap using the example of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team to argue for equality in the professional realm.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the scholastic pieces featured in this new issue. I look forward to leading the magazine into yet another successful academic year.
Executive Editor, The World Mind