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The Review's Year In Review

2020 changed the way we live. The year will join a list of historic years that shaped entire generations and marked an unmistakable beginning of a new era. Through it all, the Boston Political Review has highlighted the key events and trends that defined the last twelve months. In this collection, we are proud to recap the hard work of our dedicated student writers who covered a period of our lives like no other.


President Emmanuel Macron's veto of North Macedonia and Albania stops their ascension to the European Union as the organization grapples with intra-member disputes.


The BPR took a break from publishing articles in February. That must’ve been nice.


The United States and World Health Organization declare the COVID-19 crisis a public health emergency as the virus threatens lives and economic activity across the globe.


4/13: Spring Update: COVID-19 and Boston - Quinn Chappelle

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker extends a stay-at-home order until May while schools and universities finish out the shortened semester with remote learning

4/18 What’s in the Stimulus Package? - Victoria Fernandez



The proponents of defunding the police are broken up into three camps and the political implications of the policy proposal are considered.


The international community responds to the growing civil rights protests in the United States in tones reminiscent of the outcry to Apartheid in South Africa in the 1990s.

Business adapt to meet their labor needs remotely during the pandemic, benefitting larger corporations and changing the way consumers interact with companies.


Joe Biden nominates Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate, making her the first Black and first South Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

8/16: Summer Update: COVID-19 and Boston - Quinn Chappelle

8/22: The Race to Vaccinate - Sydney Pickering

Efforts by the international community to the expedite the development of a vaccine to the coronavirus shift to overdrive.


9/4: Series (1/2): Harry J. Anslinger and the Origins of the War on Drugs - Jackson Tarricone

Moderna, an American biotechnology company based in Cambridge, becomes the frontrunner to develop the first vaccine against the coronavirus.

9/10: Series (2/2): Richard Nixon and the Origin of the War on Drugs- Jackson Tarricone

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away from complications related to pancreatic cancer, leaving an open spot on the bench of the nation's highest court.

President Lukashenko wins re-election amidst claims of corruption and mass protests that jeopardize the power of one of Europe's last authoritarian leaders.

Northeastern suspends 11 freshmen for violating its university-wide coronavirus safety measures while schools across the country struggle to minimize caseloads among students and staff.


President Donald Trump announces that he has tested positive for COVID-19 in a late-night tweet, beginning a tense two weeks in which Americans closely followed developments on his health.

Armenia and Azerbaijan break a long standing ceasefire and mobilize their military which begins an alarming period of renewed conflict.

China's efforts to become a political and economic hegemon will face significant hurdles, including challenges stemming from its own massive growth.

10/7: When President Trump Dodged the Issue of Race - Cristina Sandeva, Roar News

10/13: The US Vice Presidential Debate: A Diplomatic, Dichotomous Exchange -Laura Saracino & Justine Noble, Roar News

Vice Presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris exchange in a debate far tamer than the chaotic altercation between their superiors, as covered by Roar News.

10/14: Belarus: Putin’s Next Crimea? - Jonathan DaCosta

The Boston Political Review becomes an official member of the Society of Undergraduate Humanities Publications, a consortium of over twenty elite undergraduate journals from across the country.

10/22: Japan’s Race for Prime Minister - Kamryn Wrench

10/23: Pre-Electoral Tensions in the US - Cristina Sandeva, Roar News

10/25: Boston Enters Phase 3 - Brooke Iglar

10/26: The Final Presidential Debate: Improved Context, Iterated Contents - Cristina Sandeva & Ishaan Rahman, Roar News

10/27: The Impact of COVID-19 on the MBTA - Jessica Adams

With the election upcoming and the expansion of absentee ballot voting, eyes turn to the millions of college students who historically vote less than most other demographics.

10/30: The Case for Trump - Justin Dynia & Frank Serpe

The Review outlines Donald Trumps's background, political experience, domestic policy platform and record, and foreign policy platform and record. The BPR did not endorse either candidate to uphold our nonpartisan standards.

10/30: The Case for Biden - Jackson Tarricone & Ryan Metz

The Review outlines Joe Biden's background, political experience, domestic policy platform and record, and foreign policy platform and record. The BPR did not endorse either candidate to uphold our nonpartisan standards.


11/5: Make Voting Cool Again - Justin Dynia

Four days after the general election, Joe Biden secures enough votes in the Electoral College to declare victory, holding 306 votes to President Trump's 232 votes.

Pfizer announces that dat from its vaccine trials indicates its vaccine is more than 90% effective, hinting that an eventual end to the pandemic had come in sight for the first time in months.

11/16: America Under Joseph R. Biden: A World Restored? - Alin C. Luca, Roar News

11/17: HEROES Act Stalls in Senate - Omer Erez

Israeli, Emirati, and Bahraini delegates all gather at the White House to sign a treaty normalizing relations between their respective states, a historic agreement.

11/20: Boston Mayoral Election 2021 - Deep Patel

Attention shifts to the upcoming Boston Mayoral Election in 2021, which could see the first woman and person of color elected to head the city's government.

11/21: Moderna vs. Pfizer - Quinn Chappelle

11/23: BLM in Boston - Jennifer Ojilere


12/2: Love or Hate, It’s 538 - Moxie Thompson

Democrats cement their foothold in Massachusetts state politics, but progressives fail to make an impact at the polls

Analysis of the backgrounds, platforms, and criticisms of the candidates for the Georgia Senate runoff election that will take place on January 5.

Analysis of the backgrounds, platforms, and criticisms of the candidates for the Georgia Senate runoff election that will take place on January 5.

12/8: Stopping the Count Stops Democracy - Catherine Devlin

12/11: Biden’s Victory: How Has America Responded? - Justine Noble, Roar News

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine and China.

12/18: COVID and the Rise of Instacart - Roesli Arena

12/20: Series (1/2): The Arrival of Amy Coney Barrett - Sam Duan

The addition of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court changes balance of power of the court, but more nuance is needed to understand how the court may act in coming years.

12/23: Gerrymandering: A Breakdown - Grant Hillyer

12/28: Democrats Divided: Is Trump to Blame? - Jaliana Griesbach

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