The Rise of the Right and the Fall of Conventional Foreign Policy

by ZACH WEHRLI Over the last year and a half, the rapid and unanticipated popularity of Donald Trump, now the President of the United States, has captivated the world. President Trump faced criticism on many fronts throughout the campaign, with many of the most common and persuasive criticisms levied against him pertaining to his lack ...

Climate Change and Conflict In the Developing World

by KENT KELLER During the Democratic Presidential Primaries, Bernie Sanders made the argument that climate change has been one of the drivers of the Syrian conflict and that climate change has, more broadly, contributed to geopolitical instability and terrorism throughout the world. [1] The issue of climate and conflict has been an incredibly fraught topic, ...

Don’t Get Fooled Again: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of State Secularization in Turkey

by GABRIEL DAVIS Part I: Destabilizing the Old Narrative We’ll be fighting in the street With our children at our feet And the morals that they worship will be gone And the men who spurred us on Sit in judgment of all wrong They decide and the shotgun sings the song I’ll tip my hat ...

A Comparison of Past Russian Involvement in Georgia and Ukraine

by ISAAC TRONCOSO Whether one points to an interconnected economic system which binds together the fates of faraway nations, ideological winds contradicting a historical narrative of human progress towards globalization, the fracturing of states’ spheres of influence, or an arguable decrease in relevance of states themselves, it is clear that we live in an age ...

American Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump

by EZRA MAX Review: The Trump Phenomenon and the Future of US Foreign Policy (September 2016, published by World Scientific.) Since President-Elect Donald Trump first announced his candidacy in June 2015, pundits and analysts have often struggled to untangle his rhetoric and pin down his foreign policy views. In hindsight, one line in Trump’s 2015 ...

The Crimean Crisis: A Russian History and Perspective

by ISAAC TRONCOSO The history of Eastern Europe since 1989 has been a tale of rapidly alternating optimism and cynicism, recovery and setbacks, all framed by the pursuit of a path out of the Soviet political and economic model. The smaller Eastern European states suffered from unique challenges, as their only experienced politicians and bureaucrats ...

Compliance and the Paris Climate Deal: How To Ensure Nations Keep Their Promises

by KENT KELLER Last December, 195 nations adopted the Paris climate agreement, a UN treaty that many are hailing as the turning point for global efforts to address the threat of climate change. The agreement acts as a framework in which nations pledge to reduce or curtail their greenhouse emissions and provide funding to prepare ...

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