Europe

Europe and the Day After the INF Treaty


In 1977, the Soviet Union deployed in its western territories the SS-20 Saber, an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead and the capacity to reach Western Europe. The move precipitated an arms race and arms control negotiations, culminating in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)...

Middle East

Renewing US-Turkey Ties


The Middle East has been important to the United States’ strategy since the 1940s and throughout the Cold War. As a member of NATO, Turkey held a special place in the region as one of the United States’ closest allies. Turkish and American soldiers fought side by side in the Korean War, and Turkey has hosted U.S....

Africa

Chinese Investment in Africa: A Blessing or A Curse?


The 21st Century has seen an explosion in the growth of Chinese foreign investment. The Middle Kingdom is spending billions of dollars internationally in an effort to gain geopolitical favor and clout among the international community. China’s foreign...

Americas

President Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy Strains Alliances


“October surprises” are traditionally reserved for American election politics, but this October both the Saudi-Khashoggi Affair and the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) beg to redefine the phrase. While...

Middle East

Living With a Nuclear-Armed Iran


Since becoming president, Donald Trump has sought to undo the Obama Administration’s policies towards Iran, especially regarding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. He has withdrawn the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and staffed...

Middle East

Fuel for Hamas’ Fire


The Palestinian territories are once again on the brink of instability. Rumors of President Mahmoud Abbas’ failing health suggest that the Palestinian Authority may soon be without a leader. Abbas, first elected in 2005, solidified his indefinite hold on the...

Americas

Is it too Late to Counter the Slow Creep of Chinese Expansion in Central America?


China’s influence continues to spread closer to America’s borders, having now reached Central America. If the United States is not vigilant, it risks losing decades of democratic progress and carefully cultivated strategic relationships. China’s ambitions...