Europe

Do Not Celebrate Macron’s Victory—Yet


Romain Keppene co-authored this article. He is a graduate student at the École des Haute Études Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, France. He formerly worked with the European Delegation to the United States in Washington, DC. European leaders across the continent celebrated Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen in...

Asia

The People’s Liberation Army and the Periphery


The Communist Party of China (CPC) controls the largest armed force in the world, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Since the PLA’s creation 90 years ago, it has operated as an enforcer of the CPC’s will and currently operates as China’s military. As an extension of the party instead of the state, the PLA protects...

Global

Challenges for a U.S.-U.K. Trade Agreement


In his recent visit to the United Kingdom, Speaker Paul Ryan emphasized the importance of a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom. Although prominent American and British leaders—including President Trump and Prime Minister May—favor a trade agreement, there are key challenges that both...

Middle East

Libya’s Grim Future


Last year, Libyan militias supported by U.S. special forces fought to oust the local Islamic State affiliate from the city of Sirte. After a grinding battle, the group was expelled from its primary stronghold in December. Success in Sirte never guaranteed long-term success. Competing governments and militias continue...

Global

MDBs and National Authorities: Fighting Corruption Through Communication


It should come as no surprise that corruption sometimes threads its tentacles through development projects funded by Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs).  MDBs are international financial institutions, funded by member countries that extend loans, grants,...

Americas

Embrace, Don’t Disempower, the Office of Science and Technology Policy


Three months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), mandated by Congress to lend scientific insight and technological guidance to senior administration officials, stands disempowered. OSTP’s director,...

Asia

China’s Keynesian Foreign Policy


China’s impressive economic growth since the turn of the millennium has been accompanied by its expansion onto the international stage. A lot of attention has been given to China’s increased assertiveness within Asia, particularly as it relates to the...

Americas

Why Cutting the International Affairs Budget Is a Mistake


President Trump’s federal spending proposal cuts funding for the International Affairs Budget (IAB) by 31 percent. This reduction is concerning since it would make it difficult for programs funded by the IAB to address global problems—from the crisis in Syria...

Asia

Japan’s Economic Woes for 2020 Goals


As its economy grew by 1.2 percent during the last quarter of 2016, Japan experienced four consecutive quarters of growth for the first time in a decade.  Although welcomed, this rate of growth is smaller than in previous quarters and falls considerably short...