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What Meghan and Harry’s Royal Split Can Teach Us About International Negotiation

Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah exposed deep rifts between the young royals and Buckingham Palace over their treatment as part of the British Royal Family and their subsequent departure from royal duties. What lessons can international negotiators learn from the acrimonious circumstances surrounding the royal split?

Multilateralism is the Key to the Biden Administration’s Saudi Relationship

Prior to his election, US President Joe Biden promised a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia, calling the Middle Eastern country a pariah over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Canceling pending arms sales to the Saudis suggested that Biden would make good on his promise to reorient relations with Riyadh. However, the release of a…

The Cost of Leaving: The Afghan Human Rights Dilemma

While there are numerous ways to evaluate the defensibility of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the detrimental effect it could have on human rights is tragically neglected. A full withdrawal before the May 1 deadline risks imperiling the significant gains made by vulnerable demographics and increasing the risk of indiscriminate violence. As the Biden administration seeks to restore US global leadership by promoting democratic values, a hasty departure does nothing to advance this goal. It is imperative that the United States maintains its current troop levels in Afghanistan until a peace accord between the Taliban and the current Afghan government is finalized.

Erin Go Bragh:

An Argument for a United Ireland The year is 1166 and King Dermot MacMurrough of Leinster just lost his kingdom and was exiled from Ireland. He allied with the British and won back the kingdom the following year. However, by doing so, he inadvertently opened the door for 850 years of British rule in Ireland…

Biden’s Peninsula: A Korea Policy Outline for a New Administration

Among the variety of foreign policy challenges the new Biden administration faces, effectively coordinating a policy toward the Korean peninsula is a critical challenge. After all, the peninsula is home to a key adversary and ally. North Korea The biggest issue inherited by the Biden administration is unraveling the personalized approach to North Korea favored…

Will Biden’s Democracy-First Agenda Extend to Haiti?

As Haiti becomes embroiled in a constitutional crisis borne out of increasingly authoritarian policies, Biden is faced with an early test of his democracy-first foreign policy. Even as plans move forward for a global democracy summit in Europe, however, the crisis in the Americas remains largely ignored.

Detangling the European Alliance: Understanding Liberal-Populist Tensions in the EU

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for the European Union (EU), including regarding European integration. EU members have turned inward in responding to the virus, in some cases even limiting entry from Schengen Area partners. In recent weeks, however, the most publicized European fight was over the conditions attached to COVID-19 relief aid. Tensions…

Conflict in Tigray: Implications for Ethiopia’s International Standing

The ongoing fighting in Tigray is the most recent manifestation of tensions in Ethiopia over the country’s system of ethnic federalism. As Prime Minister Abiy employs force to confront regional dissatisfaction, he should consider the implications for Ethiopia’s role as a regional power and an international partner.

There’s Still Hope for Poland

Liberal democracy does not defend itself. It relies on people who value it to keep it alive. Poland deserves close attention; if democratization can be undone in the land of Solidarity, where is it safe?

Europe’s Failure to Unite Against COVID-19

Because Europe did not cooperate on Coronavirus-related social restrictions, the pandemic has wracked Europe through the winter. However, even modest coordination between European nations can still help.