U.S. Sanctions: a Bluff, or an Effective Measure?

Written by Ken Wang  Almost immediately after Putin invaded Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden joined other world leaders to impose a series of sanctions that aimed to cripple the Russian economy in the near future.  This is not the first time the U.S. imposed sanctions on other countries, especially non-democratic ones, to get what it…

Authoritarianism Finds a Friend in Germany

Written by: Audrey McGrory While Germany has positioned itself as the bulwark of European interests in intercontinental and foreign affairs, its murky dealings and relationships with authoritarian regimes have influenced important policy decisions, threatening the legitimacy of international institutions and democracy. Historically, Germany has been slow to condemn and challenge the authoritarian regimes of China…

American Sanctions are Devastating Afghanistan

Written by: Pranav Krishnan The tragedy of Afghanistan did not end with the conclusion of the war. Today, the Afghan people are facing what some now consider to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Last year’s American and NATO military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the following Taliban victory saw the collapse of the country’s democratic…

Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador’s Experiment with Democracy

Written by: Harry Colvin Throughout March and early April, Mexico City was filled with fliers, signs and billboards encouraging the public to vote on whether or not President Manuel López Obrador, often referred to as AMLO, should remain in office or not. One flier supporting AMLO’s stay in office read, “If you don’t participate, the…

Geopolitics of Climate Change: Climate Refugees

Written by: Calvin Floyd The words, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” is inscribed upon the Statue of Liberty, greeting every immigrant that has come to America since June of 1885. These words on one of our most well known national landmarks have long stood as both a…

Deterring China Demands Unambiguous Support for Taiwan

Written by: Pranav Krishnan The American-led, liberal-world order has ushered in an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity around the globe. It can not subsist, however, without free and democratic states knowing that they need not take exorbitant measures to arm themselves or align with autocratic powers to preserve their sovereignty. Thus, the United States…

Yuan Some Dollars With That?

Written by: Christopher Ploudimis The Chinese yuan is becoming stronger and more widely accepted as a currency. Morgan Stanley predicts that in the next ten years the Chinese yuan will be the world’s third-largest reserve currency, behind the euro and the U.S. dollar. Analysts have been projecting that the yuan will account for five to…

Conflict Over the Nile River: An Intersection between Climate Change and Geopolitics

Written by: Canaan Odeh Geopolitics has traditionally focused on territorial autonomy and enforcement of state interest through militaristic hegemony, evolving to nuclear threats and deterrence. In recent years, climate change is emerging as another source of conflict to global security. For example, territorial disputes in the South China Sea have fueled tensions among the Philippines,…