Tomorrow’s Warfare, Held Back By Today

By: Sam Buisman Entering into a war is like stepping into a river: while the environment is familiar, your immediate surroundings are constantly changing. War always involves a number of opposing parties engaged in armed conflict, but the means by which it is waged have changed drastically over time. “Armed” embodies a different definition for…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Donald Trump’s Increasingly Hostile Twitter Presence

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello Across the globe, people take note of President Donald Trump’s irrational, angry, and misplaced tweets. Whether he is ranting about Hillary Clinton, boasting about himself, or posting videos playing golf, Trump’s twitter account is constantly keeping people on their toes. Trump’s unpredictability on the social media platform creates instability abroad: his “what…

South Korea’s Clever Diplomacy During Trump’s Visit to Asia

By: Soeun (Sarah) Lee President Trump visited South Korea on November 7th as part of his recent Asia tour, which brought him to 5 countries in the Asia Pacific.  He mentioned several issues, including North Korea, China, Russia, trade, and an Indo-Pacific strategic arrangement that minimizes China’s role in Asia. While these are all important…

No “Positive Outcome” in Trump North Korea Strategy

By: Connor Touhey Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, there has been perhaps no bigger international relations story than the United States’ continued poor relationship with the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK). With North Korea’s seemingly constant missile tests and provocations towards a number of U.S. allies, the threat of conflict between the…

The Art of the Deal: Nuclear Proliferation

By: Jason Geissler Since North Korea broke the moratorium prohibiting missile testing in 2006, the media has developed a narrative regarding the nation that focuses on missile tests while largely ignoring the history and developments of Pyongyang’s diplomatic ties with the United States. Even following President Trump’s tweet condemning Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s efforts…