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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…

Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear technology-sharing deals requires that recipient states be trustworthy. Providing nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia is dangerous.

The Case for More South Asian Regionalism

While so much of the world embraced globalization by drawing closer together regionally, countries in South Asia barely began to exploit this strategy of international cooperation and prosperity. Despite containing India’s emerging power, two potential hydro giants, Bhutan and Nepal; the prospective sea-trading states Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; and the appealing tourist destination of…

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…

Taiwan’s Bad News from the Western Hemisphere

Since the end of the Chinese Civil War, the official “state” of China has been in flux as a result of the One China policy. While Mao Zedong won the Chinese Revolution in 1950, the Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists fled to the island of Formosa. Since this time, the country has lived under the One China…

Mein Gott! Would Germany Build a Bomb?

In August 2018, an article was published in The National Interest suggesting that Germany should develop its own nuclear arsenal. Since the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the idea of Germany developing its own, or a “European,” nuclear deterrent has appeared in policy discussions both inside and outside of Germany. Every time this was in reaction…

Forthcoming ICC Order on the Jurisdiction in the Palestinian Territories – a Beginning of the Court’s End?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is seized with a request for a ruling the extent of its jurisdiction. The result of this decision will have implications on the whole institution's future.

Why the West Must Remain Engaged in Bosnia

Twenty-five years after its devastating war, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains deeply divided by religion and ethnicity. Young Bosnians, however, are more likely to cross divides. Membership in NATO and the European Union would buttress their efforts.

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.

Turmoil in Bulgaria brings the EU’s rule-of-law problem into sharper relief

Recent protests in Bulgaria have unveiled the country's long-standing problems with corruption and the rule of law, in the latest example of the EU's issue of anti-democratic regimes among its member states. If the bloc does not take action to address these concerns, its legitimacy could be compromised.

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

Trump wants to expand the G-7. Is he right?

In his announcement postponing the 2020 G-7 summit to this fall, Donald Trump made it known that he wishes to add Russia, Australia, South Korea, and India to the group. An evaluation of this proposal reveals that while the idea of an expanded G-7 may be a good one, only Australia and South Korea are currently good candidates for membership.

In Kim’s Neighborhood: Regional Actors and US-DPRK Relations

Building off prior Charged Affairs articles, a co-authored article diving into the details of South Korea, Japan, and China's regional role in North Korea relations.

Coercive Coal: Chinese Energy Investment in Developing Countries

Chinese coal power investment increases the vulnerability of developing countries to Beijing’s coercive leverage.

Make America Righteous Again

As with the Civil Rights Movement before them, the Black Lives Matter protests affect American foreign policy. The U.S. Government can look to that era as an example for how to apply diplomacy domestically and internationally.

Europe’s Dangerous China Dependency

A string of recent events has revealed the pitfalls of Europe’s economic dependence on China. In order to stand up for its democratic values, the EU must weaken Beijing’s ability to leverage trade and investment ties in service of its hostile political objectives.