Ashley Gierlach

Divergent Views: Donald Trump and his nominees’ opposing takes on U.S. foreign policy

In the week before the inauguration each member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet underwent Senate hearings. As soon-to-be Secretaries and Directors, they were asked to defend their positions on not just a handful of minor issues, but on some of the President’s most contentious foreign policy positions. The topics ranged from the disputed Southern border…

Standing in Solidarity: Police Brutality at the NoDAPL Protests

Representatives from the United Nations and Amnesty International have travelled to Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to examine and investigate charges of mistreatment of protesters by local police. Testimonies from protesters have alleged that officers are using excessive force, making unlawful arrests, and mistreating arrestees in jail. The latest clashes between protesters and police…

U.S. Approves Boeing Fighter Jet Sales to Qatar and Kuwait

As of September 28, after over a two-year delay, the United States government has officially started proceedings to approve the sales of Boeing fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait. Both the Pentagon and the U.S. State Department have signed off on the deals and have begun to notify lawmakers of the upcoming sales. One is…

The Syrian Ceasefire: Deciphering the Chaos

The Syrian military declared on September 20, 2016 that the seven-day, U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire was over as the government and opposition exchanged accusations over who was responsible for the violations and mounting violence that followed. The United States, and much of the West, claims that it was the deadly bombing of an aid convoy by…

Power of Suggestion: Ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement

The historic ratification, made on September 3rd by the United States and China, comes less than a year after 195 countries agreed at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to limit the global temperature increase to no more than 2℃. The commitment from the U.S.…

Divergent Views: Donald Trump and his nominees’ opposing takes on U.S. foreign policy

In the week before the inauguration each member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet underwent Senate hearings. As soon-to-be Secretaries and Directors, they were asked to defend their positions on not just a handful of minor issues, but on some of the President’s most contentious foreign policy positions. The topics ranged from the disputed Southern border…

Standing in Solidarity: Police Brutality at the NoDAPL Protests

Representatives from the United Nations and Amnesty International have travelled to Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to examine and investigate charges of mistreatment of protesters by local police. Testimonies from protesters have alleged that officers are using excessive force, making unlawful arrests, and mistreating arrestees in jail. The latest clashes between protesters and police…

U.S. Approves Boeing Fighter Jet Sales to Qatar and Kuwait

As of September 28, after over a two-year delay, the United States government has officially started proceedings to approve the sales of Boeing fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait. Both the Pentagon and the U.S. State Department have signed off on the deals and have begun to notify lawmakers of the upcoming sales. One is…

The Syrian Ceasefire: Deciphering the Chaos

The Syrian military declared on September 20, 2016 that the seven-day, U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire was over as the government and opposition exchanged accusations over who was responsible for the violations and mounting violence that followed. The United States, and much of the West, claims that it was the deadly bombing of an aid convoy by…

Power of Suggestion: Ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement

The historic ratification, made on September 3rd by the United States and China, comes less than a year after 195 countries agreed at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to limit the global temperature increase to no more than 2℃. The commitment from the U.S.…