Americas

President Trump, Please Break Your Promise


Of President Trump’s many campaign pledges, few were repeated as consistently or often as that to put America “first” and to end investments in nation building overseas. The first days of his administration, though, have already demonstrated that he has no plans to carry out at least some of his promises. From...

Americas

Improving Puerto Rico’s Precarious Finances


Puerto Rico’s newly elected governor, Ricardo Rosselló, has promised to work closely with the bipartisan Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico and the Congressional Task Force on Puerto Rico Growth to improve economic conditions. If Governor Rosselló wishes to deliver on his promise, he should...

Americas

Donald Trump’s Paper Tiger World


The paper tiger fallacy, portraying an opponent as incredibly strong yet eager to concede, is a tried and true trope of foreign policy punditry for good reason. It rectifies a critical flaw in premeditated policy arguments by allowing the user, if unchallenged, to sustain the fiction that their preferred course of...

Americas

Twitter Diplomacy: Hardly A Bold New World for Foreign Policy


Over two years ago, I wrote a critique of the then newly-elected Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s use of Twitter to respond publicly to the world leaders who had reached out to congratulate him on his success. Modi’s tweets were strategic, with close...

Middle East

Lessons from Islamic History for Policymakers


When policymakers delve into the issues facing the Islamic world, in searching for a solution they would do well by examining the history of the religion. Islam has faced numerous trials and tribulations over the last 1,500 years and many of the same issues...

Global

All is Not Lost: Maintaining Global Momentum on Climate Without the U.S.


The global outlook on climate change shifted radically in less than a week this November. The Paris Climate Agreement came into force on Friday, November 4, 2016. This allowed negotiators from the signatory countries to begin developing the rules of...

Asia

Applying the Lessons of Sri Lanka to Syria


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recently issued a major address, his first such speech in months, proclaiming his intention to retake “every inch” of Syria from his opponents. His declaration, combined with Russian intervention on his behalf and the...

Global

The U.S. Should Continue to Support Diaspora Investment Projects


Maintaining ties and supporting family back home has long been a focus of diaspora communities located in the United States.  A diaspora community is one that continues to sustain a strong sense of collective identity, in spite of often extremely large...