Middle East

The Qatar Crisis and the Future of the GCC


Qatar is no stranger to escalation from its fellow members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In 2014, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors, and severed ties with the country for “meddling in international affairs”. Before that, Saudi Arabia withdrew its diplomatic corps from...

Asia

China’s Subtle Plan for Naval Expansionism


Deng Xiaoping’s “24-Character Strategy” emerged in 1990 in response to the global backlash of Tiananmen Square a year prior. Its subtlety matches its potency: “Observe calmly; secure our position; cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never...

Americas

Will He Stay or Will He Go: Rexit Edition


It comes as no surprise that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson might look for an early exit and a scientific theorem might help explain the reason why. Occam’s razor posits that the easiest explanation is usually the right one. Tillerson never wanted the job and has been largely ineffective as a government leader due...

Global

Sovereign Wealth Funds: Their Role in the Future


Sovereign wealth funds, or investment vehicles owned by nation-states, have become increasingly popular economic and foreign policy tools for emerging market countries. These funds often both invest overseas to hedge against domestic calamities and fund...

Global

Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017: Codifying Commitments from the U.S. National Action Plan


Though women around the world are profoundly and disproportionately affected by violent conflict, both during and in the often-amorphous post-conflict period, there is a global recognition that all must work to ensure meaningful inclusion and participation of...

Europe

Europe’s High-Tech Protectionism


The trade war is on. When the European Union (EU) slapped Google with a €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) fine, it signaled to the continent that it would not allow its competitive landscape to be dictated by the search engine that millions of Europeans use every...

Americas

Depoliticizing Democratic Crises at the OAS


At the Organization of American States’ (OAS) 47th General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico, representatives from the across the Americas voted on whether or not to censure Venezuela in an effort to address the democratic and humanitarian on-going crisis....

Global

An International Insolvency Court; Is it time to reconsider the concept (again)?


In the early 2000s, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—an organization of member countries that works to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—contemplated the creation of a sovereign debt restructuring mechanism, including a sovereign...