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Kathleen Taylor

The Hong Kong Protests: One Year Later

In the fall of 2014, protests erupted in Hong Kong against China’s suffocating control over the city. The protests have since subsided without the protestors achieving their main objective, yet the protests were not a complete failure.

The Enduring Relevance of NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established in 1949 to contain Soviet aggression. Given that the Cold War ended over two decades ago, analysts frequently debate whether NATO is still relevant. The answer is a resounding yes: its mission and operational necessity in the 21st century will only grow more vital, and its operational…

Europe’s Surprisingly Balanced Marriage

Germany and France are the center of the European integration project. France was originally the most powerful; however, due to unparalleled economic growth, Germany is now the heavyweight of Europe. This shift in dynamics caused speculation that the relationship is on the verge of a breakdown. This speculation is incorrect as the Franco-German alliance is…

Turkey’s Misguided Targeting of the Kurds Will Only Help Islamic State

After resisting for several years, Turkey reluctantly joined the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in July 2015, following new recognition in Ankara of the threat ISIS’s presence along the border poses to Turkish security. However, Turkey’s fear of Kurdish nationalism and the growing presence of Kurdish parties in the Turkish parliament has resulted in…

What’s Next for Afghanistan?

After U.S. and NATO troops withdrew at the end of 2014, conditions in Afghanistan have worsened, threatening to tip the war-torn country into failed state status. Its stability can only be guaranteed if the international community focuses on developing Afghanistan’s economy and bolstering peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The Power of Women in Sustainable Development

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) failed to consider the root causes of gender inequality and the holistic nature of development. Fifteen years later, women are still fighting for their rights and equality. As the international development community turns toward the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it must give special attention to gender equality and female…

Greece’s Russian Dream and European Nightmare

Greece may be pursuing closer relations with Russia to counterbalance European pressure for austerity. However, despite Greece’s disenchantment with the EU, Russia will not be Greece’s financial savior.

Why a Greek Default is Disastrous for Greece and the European Union

On June 30, Greece defaulted on its €1.55 billion payment, becoming the first developed country to default to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This default will have damaging consequences for Greece and the European Union (EU).

A Night with the Brookings Institution: “Should the U.S. Put Boots on the Ground to Fight ISIS?”

On June 24, the Brookings Institution held its first Brookings Debate, with three respected foreign policy analysts and a U.S. senator discussing whether the United States should put boots on the ground to fight the ISIS. Both sides provided persuasive arguments and offered well-informed perspectives, yet several key questions remain.

China’s Interest in Afghanistan

China’s interest in Afghanistan can be defined by its desire to supplant the United States as the preeminent power in Asia and ultimately prove itself to be an undisputed global power.

The Hong Kong Protests: One Year Later

In the fall of 2014, protests erupted in Hong Kong against China’s suffocating control over the city. The protests have since subsided without the protestors achieving their main objective, yet the protests were not a complete failure.

The Enduring Relevance of NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established in 1949 to contain Soviet aggression. Given that the Cold War ended over two decades ago, analysts frequently debate whether NATO is still relevant. The answer is a resounding yes: its mission and operational necessity in the 21st century will only grow more vital, and its operational…

Europe’s Surprisingly Balanced Marriage

Germany and France are the center of the European integration project. France was originally the most powerful; however, due to unparalleled economic growth, Germany is now the heavyweight of Europe. This shift in dynamics caused speculation that the relationship is on the verge of a breakdown. This speculation is incorrect as the Franco-German alliance is…

Turkey’s Misguided Targeting of the Kurds Will Only Help Islamic State

After resisting for several years, Turkey reluctantly joined the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in July 2015, following new recognition in Ankara of the threat ISIS’s presence along the border poses to Turkish security. However, Turkey’s fear of Kurdish nationalism and the growing presence of Kurdish parties in the Turkish parliament has resulted in…

What’s Next for Afghanistan?

After U.S. and NATO troops withdrew at the end of 2014, conditions in Afghanistan have worsened, threatening to tip the war-torn country into failed state status. Its stability can only be guaranteed if the international community focuses on developing Afghanistan’s economy and bolstering peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The Power of Women in Sustainable Development

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) failed to consider the root causes of gender inequality and the holistic nature of development. Fifteen years later, women are still fighting for their rights and equality. As the international development community turns toward the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it must give special attention to gender equality and female…

Greece’s Russian Dream and European Nightmare

Greece may be pursuing closer relations with Russia to counterbalance European pressure for austerity. However, despite Greece’s disenchantment with the EU, Russia will not be Greece’s financial savior.

Why a Greek Default is Disastrous for Greece and the European Union

On June 30, Greece defaulted on its €1.55 billion payment, becoming the first developed country to default to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This default will have damaging consequences for Greece and the European Union (EU).

A Night with the Brookings Institution: “Should the U.S. Put Boots on the Ground to Fight ISIS?”

On June 24, the Brookings Institution held its first Brookings Debate, with three respected foreign policy analysts and a U.S. senator discussing whether the United States should put boots on the ground to fight the ISIS. Both sides provided persuasive arguments and offered well-informed perspectives, yet several key questions remain.

China’s Interest in Afghanistan

China’s interest in Afghanistan can be defined by its desire to supplant the United States as the preeminent power in Asia and ultimately prove itself to be an undisputed global power.