With the JCPOA Crumbling, US-Iran Relations Remain in Doubt

By Riley Fink The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed to in 2015 by Iran, Germany, and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This historic deal aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Specifically, Iran was to dramatically reduce…

The Global Rise of Nationalism

By McKenna Ross Nationalism is an ideology that strongly identifies with one’s own nation and vigorously supports its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of those of other nations. Consequently, it is often equated with distrust of foreigners and a desire for greater immigration control. This ideology is on the rise around the world,…

Refusal to Pay UN Dues: A Danger to US Hegemony

By Cormac O’Harrow Since helping charter the United Nations in 1945, the United States has refused to pay its dues only a handful of times, most notably during the 1980s when President Reagan boycotted the addition of newly formed nations after centuries of colonization. Now, President Trump, in line with his ‘American First’ nationalist foreign…

The Global Gag Rule: American Partisanship Harming Global Health?

By Dana Craig The United States takes pride in its role as a global leader, and America’s foreign policy initiatives are often framed as vehicles to promote democracy worldwide. While these efforts are largely praised, the U.S. frequently fails to acknowledge any negative consequences of its ideologically-centered policies. Supplanting American values on countries with different…

The Turkish Invasion of Syria through the Lens of International Law

By Samuel Brown The conflict in the Middle East between the Turkish government and the region’s Kurdish population, which has been ongoing since the 1970s, has reached new heights over the past few weeks. The Trump Administration’s decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria, where millions of Kurds live, and Turkey’s subsequent invasion…

Trump’s Decision on Syria Could Cause an Adverse Butterfly Effect

By Jadalyn Eagens “Bottom line: Trump tonight after one call with a foreign leader provided a gift to Russia, Iran, and ISIS,” tweeted former presidential ISIS envoy Brett McGurk, speaking of President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement on Sunday, October 6, to withdraw troops from their posts along Syria’s border with Turkey. Trump’s decision came after…

Backgrounder: Ukraine

By Julie Schneiberg Even if you only loosely follow politics, it is likely that you have heard a lot about Ukraine in the past few weeks. Ukraine, a former member of the Soviet Union, is located between Europe and Russia and has a complicated relationship with both of their borders. “It’s a cliché to say…

Trump’s ‘America Last’ Policies

By William Keenan ‘America First’ is the mantra that Donald Trump rode to election in 2016. This anti-interventionist and nationalist position advocated for greater promotion of and focus on U.S. businesses and citizens and a reduced role for the United States on the world stage. This position has been advocated for by others in the…

The Race to Becoming Artificially Intelligent

By Sourish Kundu We are well in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, which consists of the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Countries across the world are developing AI in hopes of bettering the lives of their citizens and expanding their role on the international stage. While President Trump’s campaign slogans claimed he would…

Undermining Democracy: Trump v United States

By William Keenan Donald Trump is no stranger to interfering in democracy and conventional American politics. He has refused to allow translators inside a meeting room with Russian President Vladimir Putin, for example, and has often not released transcripts of calls with major foreign leaders. He has repeatedly bashed American media. On the campaign trail,…