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Foreign Policy and the Green New Deal

Foreign Policy and the Green New Deal

In their support of the Green New Deal, did some Democrats call for a return to American global leadership – or even endorse American Exceptionalism? First-term Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.-NY) and forty-year veteran Senator Ed Markey (D.- Mass.) put forth a dramatic re-imagining of the approach the U.S. government should take toward climate change and […]

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American foreign policy and Congressional volatility

American foreign policy and Congressional volatility

United States foreign policy has lacked an aspirational guiding principle for a generation.  One reason might be the historic volatility of political parties, unlike anything in the past century. United States foreign policy has a record of long-term trends that depend in part on the political parties in power.  During the Cold War, for example, […]

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Russia’s Elections: The View from Siberia

Russia’s Elections: The View from Siberia

Reports from Russian announced that Vladimir Putin won over 76% of the votes in his reelection bid March 18, with turnout over 67%. The view from Siberia was a little different. OSCE, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, sent nearly 600 short-term, long-term, and other election observers to Russia.  In its next-day report, […]

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The Other Palestine

The Other Palestine

On my recent trip, I saw a different Palestine. This one has international software firms, promising young musicians, optimistic university students, and great ice cream. But it’s still occupied.  With the mysterious travels of Lebanon’s prime minister, new risks of conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia or Israel, and internal struggles among competing Palestinian factions, […]

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A Trump Doctrine? Not Yet

A Trump Doctrine? Not Yet

There will be no more nation-building in Afghanistan under the “Trump doctrine”. But will its policies allow a role for the Taliban in a future government?

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Saudis Counterterrorism Efforts Ahead of Trump Visit

Saudis Counterterrorism Efforts Ahead of Trump Visit

As President Trump heads out on his Abrahamic foreign policy tour, Saudi Arabia is emphasizing its anti-terrorism credentials.

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Soft Power: Russian and American University Students Find Common Ground

Soft Power: Russian and American University Students Find Common Ground

While U.S.-Russia relations remain uncertain, students at the Volgograd Institute of Management engaged their American counterparts in some diplomatic bridge-building.

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Israel PM candidate: “Biggest Crisis since the Time of Mohammad”

Israel PM candidate: “Biggest Crisis since the Time of Mohammad”

Former Israeli defense minister Ya’alon and Prime Minister hopeful outlined his view of the developments that shape the Middle East today.

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Blinking Red: Reconsidering U.S. Approaches to Cybersecurity

Blinking Red: Reconsidering U.S. Approaches to Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity threats range from Russia’s influence on the U.S. elections to the ongoing theft by China of industrial intellectual property and North Korea’s attacks on U.S. media.

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Delegitimizing America?

Delegitimizing America?

The immigration fiasco, based on the President’s executive order, was the next stage of delegitimizing the American political process itself.

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America’s Other Foreign Policy

America’s Other Foreign Policy

Thousands of ordinary Americans serve as unofficial ambassadors of the United States—many counter, or oblivious to official policy.

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Middle East Christians and the 2016 U.S. Elections

Middle East Christians and the 2016 U.S. Elections

The new U.S. president will have to address the issue of religious minorities in the Middle East, from humanitarian and geostrategic perspectives.

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On Shifting Ground: A New Documentary on Nepal Earthquake Relief

On  Shifting Ground: A New Documentary on Nepal Earthquake Relief

On Shifting Ground tells the story of collaboration among six Hilton Prize-winning international NGOs and a range of local organizations after the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

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Democracy in the Middle East: A Snapshot from ICANN

Democracy in the Middle East: A Snapshot from ICANN

Democracy in the Middle East is a passionate, controversial, and evolving issue. But it is on grand display among members of an ICANN working group.

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CIDRZ Recovery: Stronger Institutions for Health and Development

CIDRZ Recovery: Stronger Institutions for Health and Development

CIDRZ reforms and rebuilds its research, public health, and development programs to deliver better science, health care, and local talent capacity-building.

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About the Author

Jim Quirk
Jim Quirk

Jim Quirk teaches American and comparatiive politics at American University in Washington, D.C. He has taught at Loyola University Maryland, The Catholic University of America, and the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria. His favorite projects have included work with online learning, Mexico, the Balkans, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, OSCE, and IEEE. He tweets from @webQuirks.

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