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Foreign Aid Should Persuade, Not Coerce

The Trump administration has demonstrated a willingness to use foreign aid to coerce countries like El Savador into adopting favorable policies. But what are the long-term consequences of this approach?

For the Chinese, Trade War Success is a Matter of Pride

In bringing the United States to the brink of trade war with China, President Donald Trump wants to narrow the US trade deficit and loosen business restrictions. But what does China want?

No Woman Entrepreneur Left Behind

Investing in economic empowerment for all women – regardless of color – will not only give women the ability to participate equally, it will also drive US economic growth. Choosing to preserve the status quo will result in a $4.4 trillion missed opportunity.

Tariffs Won’t Stop Chinese Influence in Latin America

Sen. Rick Scott claims that tariffs on China can combat rising Chinese influence in Latin America but this would only serve to increase Chinese influence in the Americas.

Support the Troops: Invest in Civilian Power

Investment in civilian institutions can reinforce U.S. engagement, reinforcing a U.S. military that has been overstretched in recent years.

Echoes of Monroe: The Need for Soft Power in the Caribbean

As China’s influence in the Caribbean grows, the United States will need to use soft power to build on its relationship with the region and to compete with Chinese engagement.

Mental Health Stigma and Politics: Not Even Canada Gets It Right

It is time for a change in how we talk about mental health in politics. While we have seen great progress, there are lessons in recent scandals and in actions by pundits and journalists that faced no backlash whatsoever.

Against Tyranny: An Interview with Waller R. Newell

A discussion of the history of tyranny from the Bronze Age of Homer to the contemporary transnational white supremacist factions spreading across the globe.

Is U.S. Credibility Really in Danger?

Last month, the US moved its troops out on the Syrian-Turkish border out of the way of an impending Turkish incursion against Kurdish forces. Did the US lose its credibility as a result of this decision?

Beyond Migration: Humanitarian Assistance to the Northern Triangle

President Trump has tied humanitarian aid to migration outcomes in the Northern Triangle, yet foreign assistance affects underlying causes of migration to the United States. More importantly, predicating future aid on migration outcomes goes against fundamental humanitarian principles and US values.

Phones and Force: The Geostrategy of Smartphones in an Era of US-Chinese Competition

Smartphones will gain geostrategic significance. The Gulf States, through Apple and Huawei, have aligned with the United States and China, respectively. Their strategic importance makes them noteworthy test cases in the rising geostrategic significance of supply chains.

Deforestation in Amazon: A Global Climate Emergency

The Amazon forest fires in Brazil are the result of regional deforestation and failed environmental policies. Since Brazil has taken strict initiatives in the past for conserving the forests, the current government of Bolsonaro has weakened the environmental bodies which are responsible for protecting the forests from agribusiness industries. Deforestation in the Amazon region is not only a concern for Brazil but the rest of the world. The international community can impose fines on companies with corrupt supply chains, and support public protests which will help in curbing illegal deforestation.