Why “America First” May Lead to America Last

By: Emily Wurst Things are looking good right now for our Commander in Chief. With the employment rate at a record low of 4.1%, a generally bullish stock market, no major international conflicts, and nuclear tension simmering down, it seems that Donald Trump couldn’t do much better. His Republican approval rating of 86% appears to…

Maybe it’s Time to Take Time: China’s Ban on Recyclables

By: Matthew Quraishi-Landes Starting this year, China will stop accepting recyclable waste (metals, plastics, rubber, paper, cardboard, and textiles) from the United States. China notified the World Trade Organization last summer that it will no longer accept foreign recycled waste, citing “protection of human health or safety” and “protection of the environment.”  This ban on recycled…

Who’s Really Calling the Shots in Washington?

By: Alex El-Ghaoui News of turmoil between the US Department of State and the White House has been commonplace since Trump’s inauguration. Along with the CIA and the FBI, the State Department has been a favorite target of President Trump’s, who views the agency as too cumbersome and bureaucratic. Recently, this turmoil seems to have…

How American International Leadership Will Hurt Without A Strong State Department

By: Alyse Samoray Since January, the State Department’s Foreign Service Officer corps has lost 60 percent of its Career Ambassadors. Fewer than half of the 17,000 applicants in 2016 took the 2017 Foreign Service Officer Test, demonstrating that interest in joining the foreign service is plummeting. Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, the current President of the American…

In Today’s Global Climate, The Threat Of Nuclear War Is Looming: Who Will Be Safe?

By: Chandrea Baster With global tension rising due to disputes over Iran’s nuclear program, Russia’s increasingly aggressive nature, North Korea’s alarming threats, and Donald Trump’s commentary on foreign affairs, it is not surprising that many countries have recently felt the need to commence safety training for their citizens. With the severity of these threats quickly…

Leaving the TPP jeopardizes American Influence in East Asia

By: Alyse Samoray Earlier this month President Donald Trump embarked on a twelve-day trip to East Asia where he visited Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, China, and the Philippines and pushed his “America first” agenda. Moving his isolationist rhetoric overseas, President Trump emphasized that America will no longer be part of trade deals that are deemed…

It’s Time for Statehood: Rethinking Puerto Rico and its Implications

By: Chande Blurton Over a month ago Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. Its immediate effects were catastrophic: immense flooding, clearing of infrastructure, chaos, and disorganization. When compared to the storms that hit the continental US in the days prior, it is evident that Puerto Rico suffered a categorically different level of destruction. However, the bigger disaster…

Soundbytes in Uganda: How White House Messaging Plays Abroad

By: Rebecca Hanks Often, with a change in governance comes a change in communication stratagems and policies, and the United States’ recent political shift from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump is no exception. But how will these changes influence how the United States is perceived, and subsequently treated, abroad? We can begin to…

The Questionable Future of Geoengineering

By Jasmine Owens: This year, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, responsible for federally funded climate and environmental research, recommended additional studies into two areas of geoengineering research. Geoengineering is the deliberate large-scale intervention in Earth’s natural systems in order to counteract climate change– specifically, offsetting global warming caused by elevated greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse…