Europe

Legal Migration in an Anxious Europe


Migration has been at the center of debates regarding reforming the European Union ever since a ‘refugee crisis’ hit the continent more than three years ago. Reforming the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) has been on both the Commission’s and the European Parliament’s agenda ever since right-wing parties used the...

Asia

China’s Rising Power


Beijing is on the move. China is looking to assume a global Mandate of Heaven in lieu of the faltering U.S.-led international order. Throughout Chinese history, the Mandate of Heaven has bestowed a just ruler of China with governing legitimacy. Chinese political philosophy has been built around this idea since the...

Asia

A Post-Putin Russia Begins with the 2018 Elections


When Russians go to the polls in March, the outcome is all but certain: Vladimir Putin will retain his position as president. Ever since his rise to power, Putin and his allied United Russia party have ruled Russia with elections used mainly as window dressing to preserve a veneer of democracy. March promises more of...

Americas

How to Make NAFTA Great Again


The Trump administration rightly wants to make sure that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) works for ordinary Americans. However, instead of abolishing NAFTA altogether, the Trump administration should focus on reforming it to serve better the...

Middle East

U.S. foreign policy on Iran going forward


United States policy toward the Middle East since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has developed primarily within the context of the Global War on Terrorism, as well as against the broader backdrop of regional proxy conflicts that almost always...

Europe

Cyanide in the Courtroom: International Opinion on Serbia’s Role in the Balkan Conflicts


Last November, twenty two years after he ordered mass killings of Muslim Bosnians, The Hague sentenced Ratko Mladic, aka the Butcher of Bosnia, to life in prison. A week later, Slobodan Praljak took a deadly dose of cyanide immediately after hearing that the...

Americas

Honduran Term Limits and International Responses to Democratic Backsliding


On November 26, 2017, Honduras held historic presidential elections. An incumbent President was permitted to run for reelection for the first time since the adoption of the 1982 Honduran Constitution. However, the election was marred by irregularities and had...

Europe

The Romanian Diaspora as an Unlikely Opposition


Diasporas have long been seen by scholars and practitioners of international relations as an important diplomacy tool. A large, active, and politically engaged diaspora can often be used to influence another country’s politics, culture, and economy in ways...