Contentious Partnership: The U.S. Military Withdrawal from Syria

By: Ariana King On December 19th, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria within 30 days, claiming that the Islamic State (IS), an Islamist extremist group, had been defeated and that U.S. troop presence was no longer necessary.  This decision was met with significant domestic and international criticism. National…

US Foreign Policy in the 116th Congress

By: Daniel Ramallo In an election dominated by healthcare, immigration, and everything President Trump, the foreign policy debate was characteristically quiet, despite potentially large policy implications stemming from the results of November 6th. Despite what appeared to be a repudiation of Trump’s nationalism on election night, the President’s foreign policy agenda is safer than one might…

Mission Accomplished?: Why Trump can’t withdraw troops in Syria

By: Daniel Yun On January 16th, 2019, four Americans were killed by an Islamic State suicide bomber in Syria. This incident came weeks after President Donald Trump declared the war against ISIS won and ordered the withdrawal of the 2,000 American special forces operators currently located in Syria. Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and…

Fake News and Foreign Policy

By: Emery Jochnau  A recent Super Bowl advertisement produced by The Washington Post generated heated debates over the concept of freedom of speech in the United States. The Washington Post has long been a victim in President Trump’s attacks on media outlets which he claims publish “fake news,” a slogan which has begun to stigmatize words…

Trade War Breakthrough? Trump and Xi Agree to Ceasefire

By: William Keenan The G-20 Summit concluded December 1st, 2018 with numerous agreements and deals signed. However, one of the most important was the momentary ceasefire between China and the United States in regards to the ongoing trade war. President Trump has agreed not to ratchet up tariffs on more than $200 billion of Chinese goods…

President Trump, Please Stop The Caravan

By: William Keenan On October 12th, 2018, a migrant caravan organized in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, began its journey, with the end goal of migrating to the United States. While on their trek, the caravan has grown exponentially, with new members coming from Guatemala, El Salvador, and other Central American countries. According to multiple reports, what…

The New NAFTA

By: Rachel Watson The United States, Canada, and Mexico came to an agreement on September 30 to establish the new modifications of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was a day before the deadline set under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The new agreement updates and modernizes NAFTA and is now referred to as…

Are Missiles the Answer?

By: Ilana Friedman The conflict in Syria began in March 2011 with pro-democracy demonstrations against the harsh regime of President Bashar al-Assad. In August 2011, then-President Obama called for Assad to step down and also enforced new sanctions on the Syrian government. Allies of the United States — France, Germany, and the United Kingdom —…