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President Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy Strains Alliances

“October surprises” are traditionally reserved for American election politics, but this October both the Saudi-Khashoggi Affair and the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) beg to redefine the phrase. While unconnected, both cases are the newest additions to the ongoing exhibition of a confounding U.S. foreign policy. An aggressive and inconsistent…

Living With a Nuclear-Armed Iran

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has sought to undo the Obama Administration’s policies towards Iran, especially regarding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. He has withdrawn the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and staffed the upper ranks of his administration with hawks, like Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, who have long seen…

Can Trump Jump-Start a New Relationship with Russia?

“Foolishness and stupidity!” is how President Donald Trump has characterized previous U.S.-Russia foreign policy while bemoaning relations that have “NEVER been worse.” Trump’s approach to Russia might be unorthodox, but it is gaining some converts as several Republican senators have traveled to Russia ─ even meeting with Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Russian Federation Council…

Steve Bannon and the European Union: Why Winning in Europe Won’t Be Easy

Steve Bannon, one of the main orchestrators of Donald Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign, announced that his new plan is to establish political operations in Europe. This, he claims, is an effort to support and unite right-wing politicians in their fight against the European Union, George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, or any other actor that…

Religious Organizations Can Help Prevent the Targeting of Asian-Background Individuals during COVID-19

In several countries, including the United States, Italy, France, Australia, and Russia, civil society groups are reporting COVID-19-related verbal and physical attacks on people of Asian descent. Between March and June, over 2,100 COVID-related hate incidents against Asian Americans were recorded by advocacy groups in the United States. During the pandemic, Asian-background individuals and families…

Big Tech Should Pay Publishers

Big tech is eroding quality journalism. In July, Australia put forward a draft framework to save it. It is past time for similar measures to be implemented in the United States.

Great Power Competition in the Arctic

Under the current administration, U.S. Arctic strategy is geared almost exclusively towards the undermining of Russian and Chinese interests rather than the promotion of American ones.

Reinstating the “Nation of Immigrants” Requires More Than a New Administration

America’s immigration problems won’t simply be solved with a new administration or new laws. Progress will rely on a change in the rhetoric and discourse surrounding immigration discussions – a move away from focusing on merit based immigration policy and the concept of immigrants as having or lacking economical value.

The United States Needs a Quantum Computing Investment Strategy

Advances in quantum computing stand to revolutionize the way the world does business more than any innovation since the computer itself. The United States needs a coordinated strategy to develop, harness, and secure this game-changing technology.

How To Beat The Cartels Without Firing a Shot

If the U.S. is serious about reducing cartel violence in Mexico and drug trafficking into the U.S., then it needs to revise its policy away from securitized efforts, like the Mérida initiative, and support efforts for socio-economic development