Samuel Schofield

U.S. Engagement Critical to Pacific Trade Alliance

Earlier this year, I argued in Charged Affairs that successful implementation of Colombia’s peace deal with the FARC paramilitary group would serve US long-term strategic interests in the region. However, President Trump’s renewed promises in the past two months to radically change trade agreements with traditional Latin American partners brings to light the fact that…

Colombia Peace Plan Critical to U.S. Regional Interests

In late-November 2016, Colombia ratified a revised peace deal with the paramilitary group—the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)—after more than 50 years of violent conflict, an estimated 218,000 deaths, and displacement of 5.7 million people. The deal marks a major success story in a country that has proven remarkably resilient. However, the deal mandates ambitious rural development…

An MBA Student’s Strategy for Defeating ISIS

Current international strategies to strip the Islamic State (ISIS) of power and influence have been sluggish and often disjointed, as governments struggle to find ways to contain the organization. Viewing ISIS as a business enterprise instead of a state, however, could provide a surprisingly useful frame: the international community is essentially attempting to bankrupt and…

U.S. Engagement Critical to Pacific Trade Alliance

Earlier this year, I argued in Charged Affairs that successful implementation of Colombia’s peace deal with the FARC paramilitary group would serve US long-term strategic interests in the region. However, President Trump’s renewed promises in the past two months to radically change trade agreements with traditional Latin American partners brings to light the fact that…

Colombia Peace Plan Critical to U.S. Regional Interests

In late-November 2016, Colombia ratified a revised peace deal with the paramilitary group—the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)—after more than 50 years of violent conflict, an estimated 218,000 deaths, and displacement of 5.7 million people. The deal marks a major success story in a country that has proven remarkably resilient. However, the deal mandates ambitious rural development…

An MBA Student’s Strategy for Defeating ISIS

Current international strategies to strip the Islamic State (ISIS) of power and influence have been sluggish and often disjointed, as governments struggle to find ways to contain the organization. Viewing ISIS as a business enterprise instead of a state, however, could provide a surprisingly useful frame: the international community is essentially attempting to bankrupt and…