Ryan Quinonez

My World

Month: December 2016

The Countdown

Finals are over and the holidays are here. This means only one thing, less than a month till I start the opportunity of a lifetime to study abroad in Italy! So here’s my official countdown:

Days till winter break: officially 0!

Days till Christmas: 9 days

Days till Decadence in Denver, Colorado: 14 days

Days till New Years: 15 days

Days till I leave for ITALYYY!: 30 days!

It’s crazy to think that six months ago, I had no idea where I wanted to go and now it’s finally here. For those of you getting ready to leave in the Spring, you can relate to how hectic everything is by getting itineraries planned, getting everything ready to pack or still figuring what you’re going to need to bring (or not bring), and learning everything you need to know about the country/countries you want to visit. Anyways, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years. Good luck next semester to everyone staying in the states, I hope you can somewhat live vicariously through the other abroad fellows’ blog posts. See you when I’m in Italy  😉

The Foreign Policies of President Trump

In the early days of November, I attended a discussion panel about the foreign policies of each candidate running for the 2016 election. The next US president will face a vast amount of international issues, including the turmoil throughout the Middle East (especially in Syria, specifically Aleppo), Russia including all the conspiracy theories that affect international security, trade deals with China, and the controversy of the Iran nuclear deal.

ISIS: Each issue has serious outcomes which can greatly affect the future of our great nation. One big challenge would include how to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS). However, Trump remains silent on his plan to defeat ISIS and instead wants the element of surprise.

Russia: Trump has the idea of creating an alliance with Russia, which will help ease tensions in Syria. Trump and President Putin have a close relationship and close ties with each others top advisers.

China: The US and China have always had a complicated relationship. Trump believes China is a currency manipular, in which he would crack down on hacking and threaten the Chinese government to rewrite trade agreements or start using steep tariffs on goods. In addition, Trump would add military presence in the South China Sea to deter Chinese territorial claims to different islands in the region. Also, he would make rules stricter against Chinese subsidies to boost exports. Finally he would oppose Trans-pacific Partnership between 12 countries throughout the pacific ocean.

With many Americans worried, any miscalculation on any of the these foreign pressure points could have combustible consequences.

Arabic Flagship

In the beginning of December, my roommate and our OU Cousin attended the Arabic Flagship Fall Talent Show. I was a very unique experience for all of us since we all don’t know anything about Middle Eastern traditions. Although it was all in Arabic, luckily there was a translator for us to understand. My favorite part about this event had to have been the food. Not every day do you have a traditional Arabic meal, of which included a flavorful rice dish, humus, and some of the best tea I have ever had, which was all delicious. Throughout the night, videos, poems and a range of diverse performances were performed. This night was very enjoyable and it was a great opportunity for my OU cousin to further diversify himself. I can’t wait to partake in this event in the future hopefully with my future cousin!

OU Cousins

This year, a group of my friends and I signed up for the OU Cousins program and we all got paired with a group of Spaniards. This was probably the best decision because they all somewhat knew each other and we could go in a big group to different events and skip the 1-on-1 awkwardness. Since they were from a country that I’ve grown so fond of, it was a great experience hearing stories and being able to picture and to relate to them since I was there last summer. Also, it gave me a chance to broaden my international connections. Once they found out I was studying abroad next semester in Italy, they all started to make plans for all of us to meet up. I am so thankful for OU Cousins for allowing me to create some of the most valuable friendships.

Is the World Getting Bigger or Smaller?

Globalization is, though there is no agreed upon definition, the expansion and intensification of social relations and consciousness across world-time and world-space with the increasing velocity of movement that displays global integration. In the past, nations could stand alone and be adequate. Today, all nations are part of an interdependent global order where they rely on each other.

One of the primary forces that drives globalization is technology. Because of advancements in transportation of data and people, goods and service can be easily transferred throughout the world. Global interactions can now occur instantly and do not have to wait days, weeks or even months to communication or exchange items.

Karl Marx predicted globalization over 150 years ago. Marx stated that the need for products creates a constant expanding market where connections would be established everywhere, and in every direction, to make a universal interdependence of nations. To understand the complexity of globalization, we must first consider whether it is making the world bigger or smaller. Marx suggested that the world was getting smaller to the point that old practices were transforming globalized processes. He believed there is a compression in the world where people throughout the world shared similar items. If you have ever traveled abroad, you would have noticed certain products that you would likely to find in the US, such as, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Apple products, and many others.

These similarities suggest that global compression is taking place. The world seems smaller because global integration provides a sense of familiarity and sameness no matter where you are in the world.

On the other hand, because of technology many can argue that the world has been opened up to portray the world as even bigger than it has been. We can now travel to nearly every inch of the world and communicate with foreign people and cultures because of advances in transportation and telecommunications.

Although a convincing argument can be made for both positions, it’s crucial that we become aware of the rapid increase of globalization and how this affects the world.

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