Americas

Description and the Anatomy of War


America in Afghanistan: Foreign Policy and Decision Making from Bush to Obama to Trump By Sharifullah Dorani I.B. Tauris, 328 pp, January 2019 In the winter of 1940, the philosopher Simone Weil published her essay “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force.” In it, she argues that from the violence of war “springs the idea of...

Europe

Softening a Hard Brexit


Brexit is complex and controversial, and the form it takes will impact the UK and Ireland in particular for generations. Steps must be taken to ensure voters have a say in the form it takes.

Asia

Sanctions are Driving Market Reforms in North Korea


Since the thaw in inter-Korean and North Korea-United States relations in early 2018, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has called for the easing of sanctions against North Korea to encourage Kim Jong-un to continue the denuclearization process. Meanwhile,...

Europe

Brexit’s Impact on UK-Middle East Relations


This past month, the British Prime Minister Theresa May and her government have scrambled to break the parliamentary deadlock, following the proposal’s January 15th defeat. The race against the March 29th deadline has thrust many questions into the fold...

Americas

A Step in the Right Direction? Trump’s “Aid” to Central America


Although the Trump administration pays little attention to the Americas outside of U.S. concerns with the “Troika of Tyranny,” the administration is taking a stance against immigration from the region into the United States and at combatting Chinese influence...

Americas

Democracy or Dictatorship? Bolsonaro Brings Populism to Brazil


Has liberal democracy come under threat in yet another country? On October 28th, 2018, Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election, defeating Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT) by 55.2% to 44.8%. Bolsonaro, previously an army captain, has served...