The Paris Agreement: Why it is a Mistake for the US to Withdraw

Written by: Samuel Brown Since the start of President Trump’s term, administration officials have repeatedly signaled the administration’s intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement. This agreement is a landmark deal that was reached at the conclusion of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted in Paris, France. This is…

Refusal to Pay UN Dues: A Danger to US Hegemony

Written by: Cormac O’Harrow Since helping charter the United Nations in 1945, the United States has refused to pay its dues only a handful of times, most notably during the 1980’s when President Reagan boycotted the addition of newly formed nations after centuries of colonization. Now, President Trump, in line with his ‘American First’ nationalist…

The Global Gag Rule: American Partisanship Harming World Health

Written by: Dana Craig The United States takes pride in its role as a global leader; America’s foreign policy initiatives are often framed as vehicles to promote democracy worldwide. While these efforts are largely praised, the U.S. frequently fails to acknowledge any negative consequences of its ideologically-centered policies. Supplanting American values on countries with different…

Trump’s Decision on Syria Could Cause an Adverse Butterfly Effect

Written by: Jadalyn Eagens “Bottom line: Trump tonight after one call with a foreign leader provided a gift to Russia, Iran, and ISIS,” tweeted former presidential ISIS envoy Brett McGurk, speaking of President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement on Sunday, October 6, to withdraw troops from their posts along Syria’s border with Turkey. Trump’s decision came…

Trump’s ‘America Last’ Policy

Written by: William Keenan ‘America First’ seemingly is the mantra that Donald Trump rode to election in 2016. This anti-interventionist and nationalist position advocated for greater promotion and focus of American business, American citizens, and a reduced American role on the world stage. This position has been advocated for previously, especially by Pat Buchanan during…

The Victim of the U.S.-China Trade War? Climate Action.

Written by: Michael DeLeers The United States-China trade war has been a constant headline the past few months. Considering the U.S. and China are the world’s two biggest economies, it makes sense too, for the tariffs they impose on each other have ramifications across the globe. However, there is one unmentioned victim of the trade…

Israeli American Quid Pro Quo

Written by: Michael Warren On August 12th, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government banned two American congresswomen, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, from entering Israel at the urging of President Trump. Later that week, the Israeli government conditionally allowed Tlaib to enter the country if she promised “not to promote boycotts” while visiting her grandmother…

Undermining Democracy: Trump versus United States

Written by: William Keenan Donald Trump is no stranger to interfering in democracy and conventional American politics. On the campaign trail, President Trump openly called for the Department of Justice to investigate Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton and for Russia to hack into Democratic National Committee email servers. The latter action resulted in the formation of…

Hurricane Dorian: Catastrophe for the Bahamas

Written by: Chandrea Baster Hurricane Dorian has been the focus of weather news this past month, a natural disaster which left extensive damage and caused many deaths as it rolled through the Bahamas and the United States. Hurricane Dorian first formed on August 24th, 2019 and became a Category Five storm on September 1, with…

The Crumbling East Asian Alliance

Written by: Michael Sauer Escalating tensions between Japan and South Korea, foundational members of the East Asian Alliance, are threatening to upend the region’s geopolitical balance. The alliance of three liberal democracies, comprising of the United States, South Korea, and Japan, serves as the bedrock of security, prosperity, and peace in East Asia. Conjoined despite…