An Incomplete Pivot?
Foreign Policy / Energy / China / Central Asia

An Incomplete Pivot?

Obama’s “pivot” towards East Asia is, by most accounts, a strategy meant to reassure American allies in the region and to warily contain China. However, in choosing to focus on the Pacific, the administration is perhaps overlooking the importance of energy security to achieving its strategic aims. China has been moving aggressively in this regard, … Continue reading

Charge It or Lose It: TSA Bans Uncharged Devices from Flights to the US
America / Europe / Foreign Policy / Gov. Officials / National Security / Technology

Charge It or Lose It: TSA Bans Uncharged Devices from Flights to the US

Travelers everywhere, we need to add yet another thing to our international travel checklist: charge your mobile devices. While likely already part of a flier’s to-do list, it is now far more imperative; earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), part of the US Department of Homeland Security, announced that powerless devices will not … Continue reading

Historic Brazilian Loss Bodes Well for US
Foreign Policy / Politics

Historic Brazilian Loss Bodes Well for US

The United States’ 1-0 blunder against Germany on June 26th appears to be an achievement following the 7-1 drubbing suffered by Brazil at the hands of the Germans yesterday. Tears and disbelief filled the minds of onlooking fans as native Brazilians watched their country suffer the worst semi-final loss in World Cup history. Brazilian defender … Continue reading

Why Is The EU Running Off With Our Chianti And Parmesan?
Culture / Economy / Europe / Foreign Policy / Regulation

Why Is The EU Running Off With Our Chianti And Parmesan?

Ladies and gentlemen, our champagne and charcuterie are in danger. Bubbling to the forefront of the upcoming round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is the controversial U.S. usage of regional European names for food and drinks manufactured by U.S. companies. Many EU members demand that U.S. wine, spirits and food companies … Continue reading

Obama’s Foreign Policy Ratings Dwindling
Foreign Policy / Gov. Officials / Middle East / National Security / Presidency

Obama’s Foreign Policy Ratings Dwindling

As of June 18th, President Obama’s foreign policy approval rating stands at a dismal 38%, a new low for the President. Shortly following the Bengdahl exchange, a measure that caused President Obama’s foreign policy approval ratings to fall to a staggering 41%, President Obama is faced with “renewed violence in Iraq.” Undoubtedly, the Bergdahl Exchange … Continue reading

An ‘Endgame’ to the Ongoing Afghanistan Conflict
Foreign Policy / Middle East / Politics

An ‘Endgame’ to the Ongoing Afghanistan Conflict

On May 27th, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a formal “endgame” to the thirteen-year war in Afghanistan.  He declared  there will be less than 10,000 troops by the end of 2014, and a near complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of Obama’s presidency in 2016. Shortly after the President’s announcement on Tuesday, Republican representatives … Continue reading

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