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The Case for a U.S. Foreign Legion

Eighteen years of war have strongly burdened the U.S. military. But climate change, refugee flows, and other destabilizing events will continue to heighten the risk of conflicts, at least some of which will require outside intervention to halt. The United States is still the only country with the capacity to intervene in conflicts around the globe, if it so chooses. Recruiting soldiers from around the world into a foreign legion, and granting U.S. citizenship to the legion’s veterans, as France does, can increase the U.S. willingness to use force abroad. It can also strengthen the link between citizenship and service in society, something Americans are already pondering given recent deportations of veterans.

How the BUILD Act Can Strengthen U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. LNG exports and clean energy developments provide a potential new source of soft power for U.S. foreign policy assistance and aims. The bipartisan BUILD Act provides a vehicle for the U.S. Government to achieve these twin goals.

The Myth of Economic Growth and Climate Change

Established models for economic growth have failed to address climate change, resulting in significant economic and human cost. Research shows the need for a drastic reconsideration of investment models to avoid catastrophe, writes the EBRD's Moongyung Lee.

Nuclear Arms Control for US, Russia, and China

Rather than holding out hope for a tripartite agreement with China and Russia, the United States should first build up bilateral arms control relationships with China and Russia individually. This includes renewing New START.

Considering Africa in the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court has an important role to play in international criminal justice, but urgently needs reform to maintain credibility.

Espionage and Discrimination in Science: China’s Complicated Role

China is stealing research secrets from institutions around the world. As a result, Chinese scientists are more likely to experience discrimination in research settings. Are policymakers stuck choosing between securing research and securing civil rights?

WHO Defunding Threatens Pillars Of U.S. Comprehensive National Power

By defunding the WHO, the U.S. is threatening both its alliance system and adherence to the value of multilateral institutions, both critical to its long-term comprehensive national power.

4 Reasons Why Women’s Equality Should Be at the Forefront of the G7

For the past two years, the G7 host countries championed issues of equality. Now, the United States has the power to create meaningful change as the host of this year’s G7!

A Liberal Defense of Nationalism

Identification with one’s nation has often been a liberating force. It is vital to distinguish between those forms of nationalism that are compatible with liberal values, and those that are not.

COVID-19: How the West was Closed

If Western countries had pursued the elimination strategies to fighting COVID-19 as East Asian countries had, they could be avoiding lengthy shutdowns and high death tolls. Until western countries begin seriously adopting eradication strategies, they’ll find themselves isolated from international travel until they find a vaccine or adopt better strategies.

Y7 Statement on COVID-19

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is acting as host for this year's Y7 summit. Youth delegates from all seven countries prepared a statement for G7 representatives, published in its entirety below, articulating a strong call to action from their generation to the leaders of the world's most powerful nations.

COVID-19 Is Currently Winning The Adaptability Race

Regardless of initial missteps, the most critical thing for governments and the international community to do in the fight against COVID-19 is to adapt quickly. While some states weigh the impacts of quarantine measures on the economy, some have identified strategies that balance public health with economic health.