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Why NATO?

Why NATO?

The Cold War dominated most of the pre-2000 era and formed much of the existing world order we live in currently. It made for a black and white vision for conflict in much of the developing world, seen from the point of view by a developed world that took the “us vs. them” perspective. It […]

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Macron, Europe, NATO, and Maybe Us?

Macron, Europe, NATO, and Maybe Us?

  Brain Dead or Not, What’s its value to America? Emmanuel Macron’s views, as voiced in an interview with the Economist,  suggest that America needs to clarify what America is.  Americans will note Macron’s reference to the “brain death of NATO,” but the issue runs deeper than that one alliance.  Unaddressed, the sentiment Macron voices could […]

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The Separatists

The Separatists

Some of the strongest nations in the world today were created by separating from a larger nation. While many of these separatists often formed rather large nations themselves, the basis for separatist movements often came from a mix of power and the feeling of being excluded from forming their own destiny. The modern versions of […]

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The Olvidados

The Olvidados

The people of Hong Kong know that if they become ignored or forgotten, they will be subject to many rounds of dehumanization followed by oppression and possibly violence. They are very aware of their place in the world, and they also know that in this world we have had genocide and a Holocaust and that […]

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The Star Wars Myth of Missile Defense

The Star Wars Myth of Missile Defense

Back in the 1980s there was the impression that technology and the United States could do anything. President Reagan announced at the time that the United States was developing a laser based anti-ballistic missile system that would be able to concentrate light energy onto a moving target in orbit and destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) […]

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Lava Jato Style Corruption Reaches Canada

Lava Jato Style Corruption Reaches Canada

Recently it was revealed that Canada’s Federal Police were stopped from investigating the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, his top staff and the Prime Minister himself, by the Prime Minister. This follows the halt of inquiries by Canada’s Justice Committee and Ethics Committee by the ruling party in order to protect the Prime […]

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Targeting China’s Core Interests Is A Fool’s Errand

Targeting China’s Core Interests Is A Fool’s Errand

The U.S.’ great power competition with China is intensifying on a number of fronts simultaneously, namely trade, security, and human rights. Current U.S. pressure on China through the Hong Kong protests actually manages to intertwine all three areas concurrently. However, as with the origins of current U.S.-Russian tensions being traced back decades to several factors, […]

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

Do You Hear the People Sing?

Democracy is always messy, because people by nature are not perfect. Democracy is neither a perfect solution or system because it is run and set up by people who are often flawed and make mistakes. That being said, it is the best system of government that has been created in human history. It has achieved […]

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When we Ignore Human Rights Atrocities…

When we Ignore Human Rights Atrocities…

The recent episode of Amanpour & Co. was interesting on many levels, but below the surface of the discussions it seemed that two separate topics on the show should likely have more connections than what would be observed at face value. The initial discussion between Amanpour and Isha Sesay focused around Sesay’s new book on […]

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Politics and Plans for State

Politics and Plans for State

Secretary of State Pompeo’s July 8 announcement of a new Commission on Unalienable Rights, alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Rebuild the State Department, illustrate the domination of foreign policy discourse by politics.  The political process chooses ultimate policymakers, so politics has a proper and large role.  However, foreign policy is what a nation does as a […]

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Nostalgia Finally Brings us an EU-Mercosur Free Trade Deal

Nostalgia Finally Brings us an EU-Mercosur Free Trade Deal

In the early 2000s, the idea behind many policy approaches were to promote complete and open free trade. An international policy that has come upon much criticism in the wake of several alliances and trade agreements coming apart or being re-designed, the idea of trade agreements have lost some of its luster. The agreement between […]

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The Core of American Nationality, the Hole In American Discourse

The Core of American Nationality, the Hole In American Discourse

Think tanks, academics, now even the politicians, often call America a “creedal nation.”  Most bend the idea to serve partisan arguments. But it has an independent meaning which should inform our discourse and underpin foreign policy, and not be used for polarizing politics. The Declaration of Independence’s “self evident” truths inspire the titles of books that […]

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A Deep DIVE For New Great Power Competition

A Deep DIVE For New Great Power Competition

The U.S. must engage in more long-term, strategic thinking in order to compete effectively in the new great power competition with both China and Russia.

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Transatlantic energy security: beyond Nord Stream 2

Transatlantic energy security: beyond Nord Stream 2

There are two major topics in transatlantic relations that constantly hit the headlines: burden sharing and energy security. The latter is best exemplified by Nord Stream 2—a pipeline that will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany while bypassing Ukraine—which has driven a wedge between European and transatlantic unity. If completed, this pipeline would challenge the principle of fair play in the European market, existing European regulatory protections for consumers, and the political cohesion of the transatlantic relationship.

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Tactics Over Ideology in International Negotiations

Tactics Over Ideology in International Negotiations

The United States elected their latest President for many reasons, some good, some terrible, but the outcome to the rest of the world was that relations were shaken up between the United States and its partners. Mexico has been able to placate much of the conflict over the latest demands of the American president and […]

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