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…

Who is in the Driver’s Seat Now?

By: Robert Ryu On March 5, 2018, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea dispatched an envoy led by Chung Eui-young, South Korea’s national security adviser, to North Korea. The envoy followed Kim Jong-un’s sister’s visit, Kim Yo-jong, to South Korea for her attendance at the Olympics opening ceremony. During her visit, she delivered Mr. Kim’s…

Understanding the United States’ Complex Relationship with Pakistan

By: Alex El Ghaoui The United States’ complex, dramatic, and unpredictable relationship with Pakistan took yet another turn on February 14th, 2018 as it announced it will seek to place Pakistan on a list of countries that are not doing enough to combat terrorist financing. The list, created and managed by the Financial Action Task…

Will the World Win Gold in the 2018 Olympics

By: Alyse Samoray The 2018 Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 9, 2018, with a historic moment: South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong.  Along with 500 other North Koreans, Kim Yo-jong, who has been described as a close confidant to her…

The Real Problem with Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration

By: Sam Alhadeff In President Trump’s State of the Union address last month, he reminded the world of one of his landmark foreign policy accomplishments from his first year: recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A lot has been made of the decision. Trump’s supporters have praised his move for fulfilling a campaign promise….

Trump’s Policy Decisions Further Isolate the U.S. from Asia

By: Cherui Chew Amidst fanfare and lavish treatment by Asian leaders, President Trump recently concluded his 12-day Asia trip. This included a stop at Da Nang city for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. The North Korean nuclear threat and U.S. trade deficit were two issue areas that Trump focused on when visiting Japan, South Korea,…

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…

The Global Response to the United States Recognition of Jerusalem

By: Meghan Howard On Wednesday, December 6th, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, along with plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. While some might see this as a campaign promise fulfilled, it is a sharp change in U.S. foreign policy that could lead to further unrest in the…