Trump and Clinton: What’s Their Deal With Israel?
Foreign Policy / Israel / Politics / Presidential Race 2016

Trump and Clinton: What’s Their Deal With Israel?

On September 25, 2016, the soon-to-be leader of the free world met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Although I cannot yet tell you which it was, I do know that both U.S. presidential nominees conversed with the leader of the free Middle Eastern world about U.S.-Israeli relations. So, what would a Hillary Clinton or … Continue reading

How the US Can Solve Its Turkey-Kurd Conundrum in Syria
Foreign Policy / Middle East / National Security

How the US Can Solve Its Turkey-Kurd Conundrum in Syria

Since the start of the Syria Conflict, US policies have been inconsistent and at times self-defeating. In the fight against ISIL and the Assad regime, the US is supporting actors who themselves continue to fight each other in long-standing conflicts. This includes US ally and NATO member Turkey and the Kurdish groups favored by the … Continue reading

Politicking National Security: A Hack Job
Dpt. of State / Foreign Policy / National Security / Politics / Presidential Race 2016 / Russia

Politicking National Security: A Hack Job

In case you missed it, a presidential candidate invited a foreign government to break into either a private citizen’s email account and steal information or break into the servers at the United States Department of State. I am in a state of disbelief. These were his words (with my editorial comments in parentheses): Russia, if … Continue reading

Why America Cares about “China’s” Sea
China / Foreign Policy / National Security

Why America Cares about “China’s” Sea

China has been building artificial islands near the Spratly Islands for years in an attempt to claim territorial sovereignty over the contested area. If the U.S. does not challenge these claims of sovereignty, then it could open the door for China to assert that all shipping passing through the South China Sea requires their approval. Continue reading

Bankruptcy is Just a Band-Aid, Puerto Rico Needs Meaningful Reform
Debt / Economy / Latin America

Bankruptcy is Just a Band-Aid, Puerto Rico Needs Meaningful Reform

The global economy has been experiencing its fair share of ups and downs.  Many eyes, including my own, have been locked on Greece as the country struggles to stay afloat under the overwhelming weight of its government debt.  Furthermore, Prime Minister Tsipras’s leftist economic policies have all but dismantled the Greek economy.  Outlandish tax rates … Continue reading

The Dimming Beacon, The Future of Cuban Immigration to the United States-Part 2
Foreign Policy / Immigration / Trade / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Dimming Beacon, The Future of Cuban Immigration to the United States-Part 2

The Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), as President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1966, no longer holds the same value. This change has not been at the hands of an amendment, or other piece legislation, rather it has been due to a shift in symbolic significance. Just as the embargo, one of the reasons … Continue reading