The Evolution of Trump’s Tariff Proposal

By: Ryan Bergal Trump’s “America first” policy agenda surged to a new pinnacle of protectionism on Thursday, March 1st, when he announced a 25% tariff on all imported steel and a 10% tariff on all imported aluminum. Much speculation has risen since the announcement regarding the impacts of the steel and aluminum tariffs, and there…

A Shakeup in Washington: Haspel & Pompeo In, Tillerson Out.

By: Alex El Ghaoui Rex Tillerson’s tempestuous reign as United States Secretary of State came to an end on March 13th, 2018, as President Donald Trump announced that Tillerson would be replaced by current CIA Chief Mike Pompeo, who would be in turn replaced by his deputy, Gina Haspel. Unsurprisingly, President Trump did not notify…

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…