In the final part of a four part series looking at what factors allow states to punch above their weight in international affairs, Brazil’s failure to leverage key factors highlights that states can push to far in leveraging...
Satellites have become indispensable to modern life. What would happen if this satellite system was attacked and disabled?
Part three of a four-part series looking at what factors allow states to punch above their weight in international affairs. This segment examines three ideational factors: identity, moral authority, and strategic positioning.
Part II of When Pawns Become Queens explores three material factors that allow states to punch above their weight in international relations: geography, control of strategic resources, and the asymmetric projection of power.
Part 1 of a 4-part series on how less powerful states create outsize geopolitical impacts. This piece explores why less powerful states are under-analyzed in foreign policy theory, why this is problematic, and how it can be...
Russia is expanding its influence in the Arctic Circle as ice recedes and natural resources become accessible. This represents a potential threat which the US must recognize.
Mexico's reversion to the Estrada Doctrine of neutrality is an ethical and strategic mistake, which has resulted in a major missed opportunity for Mexico to take on the mantle of regional leadership.
Middle East & North Africa
Near the end of 2018, President Trump announced, via Twitter, that the United States would withdraw the roughly 2,000 troops it had deployed to Syria. It is believed that this apparent surprise announcement was a contributing...
The United States’ president can, without congressional permission or expert consultation, order the firing of nuclear weapons at any time and – so long as the nuclear football (a briefcase containing the nuclear codes and firing...