Clinton’s Secretary of State Shortlist Reveals Her Foreign Policy
Central Asia / China / Dpt. of State / Europe / Europe / Foreign Policy / Iran / Middle East / National Security / Presidential Race 2016 / Russia / Sanctions

Clinton’s Secretary of State Shortlist Reveals Her Foreign Policy

  The Clinton transition team recently leaked its shortlist for Secretary of State. While media attention has solely focused on Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance on the list, the rest of the list reveals what a potential Clinton administration’s foreign policy might entail. Based on her shortlist, Clinton has Russian aggression and European stability on … Continue reading

The May Doctrine: Addressing Global Mass Migration
Europe / Europe / Foreign Policy / Immigration / Middle East / UN

The May Doctrine: Addressing Global Mass Migration

“The May Doctrine” is a three-part series discussing the three major planks of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s new foreign policy grand strategy. This second part analyzes the second plank: addressing the global mass migration crisis. Find the first part of the series here. In spite of Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May recently unveiled … 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

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

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

Intervention in Syria: Old Problem, New Tactics
Foreign Policy

Intervention in Syria: Old Problem, New Tactics

Events from last week highlight two very different faces of the Syrian intervention movement and how each is evolving: Senator John McCain’s visit with rebel leaders, and the as yet unconfirmed report of an American combatant’s death. These developments have attracted increased attention to the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, a prospect which seemed … Continue reading

2013: A Tough Year for Iran Part 1 – Why the Syrian Crisis Matters
Foreign Policy / Iran

2013: A Tough Year for Iran Part 1 – Why the Syrian Crisis Matters

During the last decade the spectacular growth and development of Iran placed the Persian nation as a superpower in the Middle East and one of the most relevant actors on the international stage. However, 2012 was a challenging year for the country and 2013 promises to be even more turbulent. With an economic crisis developing, … Continue reading