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Marcela Aguirre

Dear President Trump: NATO’s Never Been Obsolete

Last year on the campaign trail, President Trump consistently lashed out against NATO arguing, “It’s obsolete.” He then said that NATO wasn’t designed to fight terrorism. Now, he’s saying it’s no longer obsolete. But, here’s the deal: NATO’s never been obsolete. Established during a turbulent and unsteady time, NATO was founded in 1949 to oppose…

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 to the famine in South Sudan. To the average American, these international crises might not…

What A Nativist Nationalist Win in France Means For Europe and Beyond

The recent rise of nativist nationalism around the world led to consequential results in 2016: from the surprise victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election to Brexit in the United Kingdom. This wave of nationalist sentiment is spreading rapidly and playing a big role in the French presidential candidates’ rhetoric. In a little…

In Free Fall: America’s Soft Power in Trump Era

The ban on Muslim refugees. The directive to build a huge wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The dismantling of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Since taking the presidency on January 20th, Trump has signed executive orders that have done more harm than good in the short period of time that they’ve been enacted. These newly signed…

It’s Time for Mexico to Rise

Siente orgullo de ser Mexicano, requiere la doble nacionalidad. Be proud of your Mexican heritage, and obtain your double-nationality. This campaign slogan can be found on a billboard across the border from El Paso, Texas, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua—once considered the murder capital of the world as drug-related violence plagued the recuperating city. The campaign…

More Members Withdraw from the ICC – What should the Court do to Avoid Falling Apart?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has taken yet another blow to its legitimacy. Earlier this month, both Russia and the Philippines stated their intent to leave the court, raising the number of states intending to withdraw to five. Though Russia never ratified the Rome Treaty, which established the court, the fact that a major global…

The Near End of the ICC?

The future of the International Criminal Court (ICC) may be at risk. The announcement that three countries — Burundi, South Africa, and Gambia — would be leaving is a big blow to the legitimacy of the court. All three countries indicated they took the decision to withdraw because they find the court to be a…

Australia’s Two-Faced Approach toward Asylum Seekers and Refugees

On the sidelines of last month’s United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama hosted the Leaders Summit on Refugees to bring attention to the refugee crisis, but more specifically, to get global leaders to commit to bringing solutions to the table. The summit generated commitments from 50 members and organizations—including an increase in funding and…

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité — But for Whom?

Liberté, égalité, fraternité. This is the motto of France. It is written in the French constitution under Article 2, and it is the maxim to which the French adhere. The French are proud of this as they believe that their country is a nation that recognizes that all its people are treated with the freedom,…

Brazil’s Soft Power Dwindles During Rio Olympics

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games were supposed to be Brazil’s moment to shine – a time to showcase how this BRICS country has become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and a powerhouse in Latin America. However, mired in President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment scandal and the Zika virus, Brazil presented an image that was…

Dear President Trump: NATO’s Never Been Obsolete

Last year on the campaign trail, President Trump consistently lashed out against NATO arguing, “It’s obsolete.” He then said that NATO wasn’t designed to fight terrorism. Now, he’s saying it’s no longer obsolete. But, here’s the deal: NATO’s never been obsolete. Established during a turbulent and unsteady time, NATO was founded in 1949 to oppose…

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 to the famine in South Sudan. To the average American, these international crises might not…

What A Nativist Nationalist Win in France Means For Europe and Beyond

The recent rise of nativist nationalism around the world led to consequential results in 2016: from the surprise victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election to Brexit in the United Kingdom. This wave of nationalist sentiment is spreading rapidly and playing a big role in the French presidential candidates’ rhetoric. In a little…

In Free Fall: America’s Soft Power in Trump Era

The ban on Muslim refugees. The directive to build a huge wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The dismantling of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Since taking the presidency on January 20th, Trump has signed executive orders that have done more harm than good in the short period of time that they’ve been enacted. These newly signed…

It’s Time for Mexico to Rise

Siente orgullo de ser Mexicano, requiere la doble nacionalidad. Be proud of your Mexican heritage, and obtain your double-nationality. This campaign slogan can be found on a billboard across the border from El Paso, Texas, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua—once considered the murder capital of the world as drug-related violence plagued the recuperating city. The campaign…

More Members Withdraw from the ICC – What should the Court do to Avoid Falling Apart?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has taken yet another blow to its legitimacy. Earlier this month, both Russia and the Philippines stated their intent to leave the court, raising the number of states intending to withdraw to five. Though Russia never ratified the Rome Treaty, which established the court, the fact that a major global…

The Near End of the ICC?

The future of the International Criminal Court (ICC) may be at risk. The announcement that three countries — Burundi, South Africa, and Gambia — would be leaving is a big blow to the legitimacy of the court. All three countries indicated they took the decision to withdraw because they find the court to be a…

Australia’s Two-Faced Approach toward Asylum Seekers and Refugees

On the sidelines of last month’s United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama hosted the Leaders Summit on Refugees to bring attention to the refugee crisis, but more specifically, to get global leaders to commit to bringing solutions to the table. The summit generated commitments from 50 members and organizations—including an increase in funding and…

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité — But for Whom?

Liberté, égalité, fraternité. This is the motto of France. It is written in the French constitution under Article 2, and it is the maxim to which the French adhere. The French are proud of this as they believe that their country is a nation that recognizes that all its people are treated with the freedom,…

Brazil’s Soft Power Dwindles During Rio Olympics

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games were supposed to be Brazil’s moment to shine – a time to showcase how this BRICS country has become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and a powerhouse in Latin America. However, mired in President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment scandal and the Zika virus, Brazil presented an image that was…