Daniel Mollenkamp

Daniel Mollenkamp is a journalist and researcher with experience on the ground in Africa, Europe, and the U.S. He has eight years of experience writing on a large array of topics, including international policy, human rights, political-economics, the cannabis and vaping industries, and regulations on gene editing. He started his career writing for newspapers in Iowa and Virginia. For three years, he worked as a US correspondent for several European publications with a focus on covering complex sectors for an audience which included international businesspersons and regulators. Daniel received his bachelor’s degree in “government” from the College of William and Mary.

Recent Work

Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’
Geopolitics
Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’
April 9, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Lt. General H.R. McMaster wants you to know he's not a military drone. Despite a long, high-profile career in the military, he has criticisms of American foreign policy, and he expressed those criticisms even when he was in the military. In a conversation Wednesday night for... Read More

MENA and Latin America Rally Behind Climate Change Agenda
Climate
MENA and Latin America Rally Behind Climate Change Agenda
April 7, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week, countries in the Persian Gulf expressed commitment to the Paris Agreement and to green infrastructure investments, in a joint statement from the United Arab Emirates Regional Climate meeting at which U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, was present. This meeting--which included envoys from... Read More

Eritrean Forces Exit Tigray Over G7 Concerns About Human Rights Abuses
International
Eritrean Forces Exit Tigray Over G7 Concerns About Human Rights Abuses
April 6, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The G7 issued a statement expressing concern over human rights abuses in Tigray at the end of last week. Since then, Eritrean forces have begun to withdraw from Tigray, according to information from the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, as reported by Reuters. The G7 statement had called... Read More

CDC Relaxes Travel Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Americans
Travel
CDC Relaxes Travel Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Americans
April 2, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Americans who are traveling now face relaxed rules if they are fully vaccinated, according to federal guidelines released on Friday.  Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to have a negative coronavirus test when leaving the United States or to self-quarantine upon arriving in the country,... Read More

The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
Geopolitics
The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
April 1, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week the first-ever west African joint ops brought together counterterrorism investigators and their judicial counterparts across Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. The training took place across all three countries with cross-country coordination "where appropriate," according to a written statement from the U.S. Department of State.... Read More

U.S. Political System Is Broken, Democracy In Peril
Think Tanks
U.S. Political System Is Broken, Democracy In Peril
March 31, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The declining levels of social cohesion and the inability to get things done are some of the biggest threats to the U.S., agreed a group of political scholars at a panel discussion about the future of democracy this week. Richard Haass, president of the... Read More

Global Economy to See Multi-Speed Recovery
Economy
Global Economy to See Multi-Speed Recovery
March 30, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The pandemic has caused profound and long-lasting changes to the global economy. However, the world also has a narrow window to avoid throwing lots of people into more uncertainty, insecurity, and poverty, said an executive from the International Monetary Fund this week. The picture of the... Read More

Blinken Pressures Azerbaijani Bar to Reinstate Human Rights Lawyer
Foreign Affairs
Blinken Pressures Azerbaijani Bar to Reinstate Human Rights Lawyer
March 29, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Speaking to a gathering in Chicago last year, Shahla Humbatova, a lawyer from Azerbaijan, joked that well-meaning human rights lawyers in her country greet each other by asking: "Have you been disbarred yet?" Earlier this month, Humbatova herself was disbarred on the eve of International Women’s... Read More

Revolutionary 3D Printed Hearing Aid Marks a Milestone in Veteran Care
Veterans
Revolutionary 3D Printed Hearing Aid Marks a Milestone in Veteran Care
March 25, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

CHARLESTON, S.C.- The VA says that a recent approval granted to them for a 3D printed hearing aid is an early step in establishing a way to provide inexpensive, patient-led care for veterans that suffer from unique maladies.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the... Read More

America Pledges $80 Million in Aid for Sahel Crisis
Foreign Affairs
America Pledges $80 Million in Aid for Sahel Crisis
March 24, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

At the Coalition for the Sahel Ministerial on Friday, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale announced American commitments of more than $80 million for relief to the crisis in the central Sahel. Of the $80 million in relief funds, $25 million came from... Read More

COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs Are Here To Stay, But Will They Make A Difference?
Health
COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs Are Here To Stay, But Will They Make A Difference?
March 24, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

ATLANTA - On Sunday, NASCAR joined the list of places using coronavirus-sniffing dogs as a tool to battle the virus's spread. The dogs can be taught to speedily screen large, busy crowds. This, together with the low cost involved in utilizing these dogs, makes them attractive... Read More

Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
Foreign Affairs
Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
March 23, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

BRUSSELS- During his tour of America's European allies this week, where he's embracing the need to "revitalize" transatlantic relations, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is also feeling out NATO on whether or not to pull our troops from Afghanistan this summer. Blinken commented at a... Read More

CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
Education
CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
March 19, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that it has revised its social distancing guidelines for schools, further clearing the way for schools to reopen for full-time, in-person instruction.  The agency now says students should keep a distance of 3 feet... Read More

Congress Should Reform 'Standing Doctrine'
Law
Congress Should Reform 'Standing Doctrine'
March 17, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - A legal barrier meant to protect the separation of powers is delaying and preventing justice by keeping legitimate lawsuits from being decided on their merits, a panel of legal practitioners said on Wednesday, adding Congress should step in to address this issue. The panel... Read More

Portland Mayor Supports 'Kettling' After Civil Liberties Complaints
Cities
Portland Mayor Supports 'Kettling' After Civil Liberties Complaints
March 16, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

PORTLAND, Ore. -  A mayor-led press conference that prominently featured law enforcement on Monday afternoon condemned the "violence and intimidation tactics" of groups operating in Portland which they described as lawless, prone to property damage, and bad for the community. The press conference was called following... Read More

Proactive Approach Needed to Mitigate COVID Suicide Concerns
Mental Health
Proactive Approach Needed to Mitigate COVID Suicide Concerns
March 15, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - When an 11-year-old girl recently went to an emergency room in Connecticut, she was asked if she had been thinking about killing herself as part of a suicide screening. To her mother's shock, since they were there about an unrelated matter, she said yes.... Read More

Montgomery Has Civil Rights Struggles 'In its DNA,' Says Mayor
In The States
Montgomery Has Civil Rights Struggles 'In its DNA,' Says Mayor
March 12, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

When Steven Reed was elected the first Black mayor of Montgomery, Ala., he came with an ambitious plan to develop the city and to move towards equity.  He viewed his election as a mandate for equity that could outline a new vision not just for the... Read More

WHO Cancels Interim Report on Origins of COVID-19 Amid Tensions
Geopolitics
WHO Cancels Interim Report on Origins of COVID-19 Amid Tensions
March 8, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A fiery open letter signed by an international collection of scientists together with growing tensions between China and the U.S. caused the World Health Organization investigators this week to cancel an interim report on the origins of the coronavirus based on investigations in China. The letter,... Read More

Nonprescription COVID-19 Test Approved by FDA
Health
Nonprescription COVID-19 Test Approved by FDA
March 8, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for a non-prescription, over the counter nostril test for coronavirus, the agency announced on Friday.  It's the first over the counter molecular test they have authorized for use without a prescription.  It's also the latest... Read More

New Data Suggests Food Waste an 'Underexploited' Policy Area
New Data Suggests Food Waste an 'Underexploited' Policy Area
March 5, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The United Nations Environment Program released the 2021 Food Waste Index Report on Thursday, the most comprehensive data on food waste across 54 countries.   The report suggests that food waste is a significant problem, which data could help policymakers address.  In 2019, 17% of all food... Read More

Emission Reductions Due to COVID Could Encourage Green Energy Investment
Energy
Emission Reductions Due to COVID Could Encourage Green Energy Investment
March 4, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The widespread disruptions of COVID led to an unprecedented drop in global greenhouse emissions. However, many post-coronavirus investments are fossil fuel heavy, including those in the U.S., emphasizing the policy commitments that need to be made to capitalize on these emission reductions, said a report from... Read More

FDA Clears Single-Shot Vaccine for Use
Health
FDA Clears Single-Shot Vaccine for Use
March 1, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to a third coronavirus vaccine. This vaccine, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which received emergency authorizations in December, is a single shot vaccine.  Placebo-controlled, randomized studies of 43,783 participants across eight countries, including... Read More

FDA Relaxes Vaccine Storage Rules to Speed Up Rollout
Health
FDA Relaxes Vaccine Storage Rules to Speed Up Rollout
February 26, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed the rules around storage and transportation for some coronavirus vaccines in order to speed up the vaccine rollout. Frozen vials of Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine will be allowed to be kept at "conventional temperatures" found in pharmaceutical freezers... Read More

Jail Suicide Rates High Due to Inadequate Mental Health Care
Criminal Justice
Jail Suicide Rates High Due to Inadequate Mental Health Care
February 26, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The failure of the prison system to provide adequate mental health care is causing people to kill themselves at high rates, according to a new report.  The report, published in February in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet, reviewed data from 27 countries, concluding that some of... Read More

Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
Military
Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
February 19, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A report from the Office of the Inspector General recommended that America make safeguarding women's rights in Afghanistan a top priority, describing the fragile nature of gains in equality in the region. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, the oversight authority... Read More

FDA Greenlights Record Number of Medical Devices
FDA Greenlights Record Number of Medical Devices
February 18, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - In a public health milestone, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it approved a record setting amount of novel medical devices in 2020.  In 2020, the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health gave the green light to 132 new devices,... Read More

Non-Profit Sees Destabilizing Effect of COVID-19 First-Hand in DC
Cities
Non-Profit Sees Destabilizing Effect of COVID-19 First-Hand in DC
February 16, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - Representatives from a DC non-profit say the coronavirus has severely increased the reliance of underprivileged communities on their services, which emphasizes the socially destabilizing impacts of the virus. The DC neighborhoods around the headquarters of Martha's Table, a local DC-based non-profit and volunteer center... Read More

Researchers Highlight the Need to Build Data to Tackle Marine Debris
Environment
Researchers Highlight the Need to Build Data to Tackle Marine Debris
February 16, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, on Wednesday morning hosted an event explaining the complexities of measuring the presence of marine debris in the environment, focusing on the need to collect more data.  Measuring the problem at hand is linked to managing... Read More

Lancet Report Slams Trump Administration Policies as 'Virulently Racist' and Lethal
Research
Lancet Report Slams Trump Administration Policies as 'Virulently Racist' and Lethal
February 16, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A report in a major peer-reviewed journal described the effects of the Trump administration's policies on public health in the US as devastating, virulently racist, and lethally bad for public health. The report, which was published on Feb. 10 by the Lancet Commission on Public Policy... Read More

How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
Geopolitics
How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
February 12, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that country, recommending that diplomatic efforts attempt to delay the May 2021 withdrawal date of American troops from the region to ensure the proper conditions for removal.... Read More

CDC Report Shows LGBTQ More at Risk From COVID-19
Health
CDC Report Shows LGBTQ More at Risk From COVID-19
February 5, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The Centers for Disease Control issued a report on Thursday that said LGBTQ people are more at risk of severe coronavirus than the general American population because of underlying health conditions and called for more data to be collected. According to the CDC study, which is... Read More

New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
Science
New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
February 4, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Two new studies paint a clear picture of the long-lasting, corrosive effects of poor sleep on the brain by linking neighborhood conditions to memory loss and cognitive performance in adolescents.  The first study found that persistent loud noises and other hallmarks of poorer neighborhoods, such as... Read More

NIH Database to Track How COVID-19 Disrupts Neurology
Health
NIH Database to Track How COVID-19 Disrupts Neurology
January 28, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A new database will track the neurological symptoms of the coronavirus in an attempt to figure out how it disrupts body systems and impacts neurology.  The COVID-19 Neuro Databank/Biobank will assist clinicians in trying to prevent, manage, and treat the neurological aspects of the coronavirus by... Read More

Merck Halts Work on Vaccine, Moderna Delivers 30.4 Million Doses to Feds
Business
Merck Halts Work on Vaccine, Moderna Delivers 30.4 Million Doses to Feds
January 27, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Merck has withdrawn from the sprint to produce coronavirus vaccines after its two candidates failed to achieve strong results in preliminary trials. The first phase of clinical studies showed that even though the vaccine candidates were "well tolerated" the immune responses triggered by them were "inferior"... Read More

CDC Expands COVID Restrictions for International Air Travel
Travel
CDC Expands COVID Restrictions for International Air Travel
January 25, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put into effect on Tuesday a new order that mandates all air passengers into the US have taken a viral test for coronavirus infection within three days of their flight. Written documentation of either a negative test... Read More

Brooking Institution Explores Connections Between Race, Social Capital, and Vanishing Economic Mobility
Think Tanks
Brooking Institution Explores Connections Between Race, Social Capital, and Vanishing Economic Mobility
January 14, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The Brooking Institution’s How We Rise project last week presented the results from its study on the role of social networks and geography in economic mobility, offering data on this important factor for those attempting to understand or improve opportunities for social advancement in the US. ... Read More

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