Nicholas Monck

President Trump, Please Break Your Promise

Of President Trump’s many campaign pledges, few were repeated as consistently or often as that to put America “first” and to end investments in nation building overseas. The first days of his administration, though, have already demonstrated that he has no plans to carry out at least some of his promises. From appointing a cabinet…

From Slums to Suburbs: The Emergence of an African Middle Class

1978 was the year the middle class collapsed in Southern Africa. Black militants proved that the Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) government was too weak to protect its citizens when insurgents shot down Air Rhodesia Flight 825 and massacred the survivors. Rebels  attacked Port Elizabeth and Daveyton in South Africa, leading the South African Defense Force to…

Red, White, and Blue Helmets

Less than a year after taking office, President Barack Obama promised that his administration would increase the United States’ support for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, including “contributing more U.S. civilian police, civilian personnel, and military staff officers to UN missions.” Since the 1990s Battle for Mogadishu, when 18 American soldiers were brutally killed during the…

The Trade Debate That Wasn’t

Strawberries in February. Asparagus in November. Bananas year round. Few industries have been more revolutionized by global trade than groceries. When it comes to food and the way it travels from the field to your table, foreign trade has been at the center of this progress. Fresh fruits and vegetables are affordably available in stores…

Fixing America’s LOST Policy

Israeli ground forces reached the outskirts of Beirut and fought the largest air battle since the Korean War, shooting down at least 82 Syrian fighter jets. The Falkland Conflict entered its final, and most intense, round of fighting. Nearly a million people marched in Central Park demanding global denuclearization and an end to the Cold…

President Trump, Please Break Your Promise

Of President Trump’s many campaign pledges, few were repeated as consistently or often as that to put America “first” and to end investments in nation building overseas. The first days of his administration, though, have already demonstrated that he has no plans to carry out at least some of his promises. From appointing a cabinet…

From Slums to Suburbs: The Emergence of an African Middle Class

1978 was the year the middle class collapsed in Southern Africa. Black militants proved that the Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) government was too weak to protect its citizens when insurgents shot down Air Rhodesia Flight 825 and massacred the survivors. Rebels  attacked Port Elizabeth and Daveyton in South Africa, leading the South African Defense Force to…

Red, White, and Blue Helmets

Less than a year after taking office, President Barack Obama promised that his administration would increase the United States’ support for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, including “contributing more U.S. civilian police, civilian personnel, and military staff officers to UN missions.” Since the 1990s Battle for Mogadishu, when 18 American soldiers were brutally killed during the…

The Trade Debate That Wasn’t

Strawberries in February. Asparagus in November. Bananas year round. Few industries have been more revolutionized by global trade than groceries. When it comes to food and the way it travels from the field to your table, foreign trade has been at the center of this progress. Fresh fruits and vegetables are affordably available in stores…

Fixing America’s LOST Policy

Israeli ground forces reached the outskirts of Beirut and fought the largest air battle since the Korean War, shooting down at least 82 Syrian fighter jets. The Falkland Conflict entered its final, and most intense, round of fighting. Nearly a million people marched in Central Park demanding global denuclearization and an end to the Cold…