On Ukraine: US Strength is Putin’s Demise
Foreign Policy / National Security / Politics / Russia / Sanctions

On Ukraine: US Strength is Putin’s Demise

Since the collapse of the USSR, Russia has felt backed into a corner and neglected by the international community and, indeed, has been. First, there was the quick snatching-up of post USSR states into the EU with no chance of admission for Russia. Next, there was the absolute refusal of Russian integrity by NATO, and … Continue reading

Ukraine: The New Cold War Battleground
Dpt. of State / Europe / Events / Foreign Policy / National Security / Politics / Russia / Sanctions / UN

Ukraine: The New Cold War Battleground

Tensions in Ukraine have been running high since ousted president Viktor Yanukovych brokered an economic deal with Russia in November, spurring month-long protests that eventually led to the overthrow of the government. A new, pro-West Ukrainian government was installed last week, naming Oleksandr Turchinov as president and opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister until … Continue reading

Forever War: How Autonomous Technologies Challenge Morality and the Nature of War
Foreign Policy / National Security / Other / Politics / Technology

Forever War: How Autonomous Technologies Challenge Morality and the Nature of War

Major technological innovations in artificial intelligence are making worlds envisioned in sci-fi flicks like I, Robot a possibility. Humans and advanced, artificially intelligent technology are already working together to accomplish tasks, especially in the military sector. The U.S. is a leader of military artificial intelligence (AI). In 1953, the U.S. launched “computer-guided missiles,” the precursor to the Talos missile … Continue reading

Senate’s Iranian Sanctions are Self-Interested
Foreign Policy / Iran / National Security / Politics / Sanctions / U.S. Senate

Senate’s Iranian Sanctions are Self-Interested

Recently,  a new piece of legislation has hit the senate floor; one that entails expanding current sanctions on Iran as well as creating new sanctions for the purpose of impeding Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.  This bill comes at a time when talks and a Joint Plan of Action (JPA) have already been made in … Continue reading

Redefining Preventative Defense in Benghazi
Dpt. of State / Foreign Policy / Middle East / U.S. Senate

Redefining Preventative Defense in Benghazi

On January 15th, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released a review entailing the official series of events that unfolded in Benghazi, Libya on September 11-12th of 2012 as well as findings and recommendations that could have prevented this attack and future attacks on U.S. embassies and facilities abroad from happening. SSCI was … Continue reading

Gas Prices are Down, Will They Stay This Way?
Energy / Middle East / Politics

Gas Prices are Down, Will They Stay This Way?

Gasoline prices, like prices of any commodity, are determined by many factors including supply-and-demand, government policy and even the weather. Gasoline is unique, however, because it is very nearly the only energy source used in transportation. Its monopoly on transportation amplifies the impact its price has on the economy. Low gas prices translate to more … Continue reading

The Ripple Effects of Obama’s Disastrous Syria Policy
Foreign Policy / Middle East

The Ripple Effects of Obama’s Disastrous Syria Policy

Nearly everyone, regardless of personal political beliefs, will agree that President Obama’s stance(s) on Syria has been perplexing.  Syria’s conflict began back in March 2011 as a popular uprising during the Arab Spring.  As the conflict transformed into a civil war, rumblings grew for international intervention.  On August 20, 2012, Obama stated that his red … Continue reading

The Extradition Wars: Snowden Edition
Foreign Policy / Politics

The Extradition Wars: Snowden Edition

After leaking details of a classified surveillance program and briefly stopping over in Hong Kong, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been hanging out in a transit zone at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that he will not be extradited, citing the absence of an extradition treaty and the … Continue reading