Category: North America

A New Challenger Approaches the INF Arena

by JOSHUA ZAKHAROV, '20 On February 1st, the Trump administration formally withdrew the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The next day, Putin pulled Russia out of the INF Treaty as well, inflaming apparent tensions between the two countries and leading to a compelling popular narrative that the end of the agreement ...

Immigration: A Path to Tolerance

By BECKY SCURLOCK, '22 Stroll the streets of Rockford, Illinois and you would hardly know you were in the heart of Rust Belt America. Pedestrians bustle past newly-opened shops, and renovated apartments look onto well-manicured parks. Hip cafes and yachts dot the riverside boardwalk. Unlike other mid-sized cities in the region, Rockford has withstood the ...

The Foreign Policy Implications of Gerrymandering in the United States

by THOMAS WEIL, '22 Over the past several decades, polarization across the American political system, at the local, state, and national levels, has accelerated.  There are various causes for this schism, one of which is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering – the drawing of a voting district in such a way as to favor one group over another ...

We built the WTO to advantage us. Why don’t we use it?

by JOSHUA ZAKHAROV, '20 The big engine that just barely couldn’t. On June 8th, the Peak Pegasus, a U.S. cargo vessel carrying a shipment of soybeans, embarked from Seattle on a one-month voyage to the Chinese port of Dalian. On its way, however, the Peak Pegasus caught word of China’s retaliatory 25% soybean tariffs on ...

What Putin’s Offer at Helsinki Should Tell Congressional Leaders

by JOSH ZAKHAROV, '20 To put it mildly, the Helsinki Summit was a poor public relations move for the President. President Trump’s take on the finding of seven intelligence agencies that Russia conclusively waged an influence campaign in the 2016 election was, to say the least, not quite what Congressional leaders or his Director of ...

UNDRIP: The Recognition of Indigenous Peoples through Acknowledging the Past, Present and Future

by CARSON SMITH, Stanford University '19 In 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples acted as the first signed piece of formal, international policy to provide indigenous peoples worldwide with a set of specific rights, including self-determination, economic development, governance, the protection of cultural practices, and land rights. Although the document ...

New Approaches to America’s Longest War

by BEN SILVIAN Even though the Islamic State has lost much of its territorial holdings in Iraq and Syria, it would be a mistake to assume that security in the Middle East is no longer a serious concern. In fact, recent headlines highlighting America’s successes against terrorism in the Middle East may promote complacency and ...