Americas

On Removing Presidential First Use


The United States’ president can, without congressional permission or expert consultation, order the firing of nuclear weapons at any time and – so long as the nuclear football (a briefcase containing the nuclear codes and firing command) is present – from anywhere. The entire process, from the president opening the...

Middle East

Pivot from the Middle East


Near the end of 2018, President Trump announced, via Twitter, that the United States would withdraw the roughly 2,000 troops it had deployed to Syria. It is believed that this apparent surprise announcement was a contributing factor in Secretary of Defense Mattis’s decision to resign. In addition to losing a Secretary...

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...

Middle East

The United States and Saudi Arabia: Is Partnership Necessary?


Jamal Khashoggi’s death has called into question the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When a Saudi critic and lawful permanent resident of the United States is murdered, apparently at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammad...