Space: The New Military Frontier

“There is no war in space, just as there is no war in cyberspace. There is only war, and war can extend into any domain” –  Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, March 20th, 2018 By: Jason Geissler Despite numerous treaties over the last half-century to prevent the militarization of outer…

Bolton Appointed: Middle East Policy Still Not Trump’s Priority

By: Danielle Schmitz Foreign policy under the Trump administration has often been unpredictable. This is especially apparent in the Middle East, where there has been no coherent policy initiative and often the policies have been seen as controversial and unpopular by the leaders and publics in the Middle East. Rather than build relationships and foster…

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…

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…

Russia and the United States: Nuclear Arms Race 2.0

By: Maggie Winding Eight years ago, in 2010, the United States and Russia signed a treaty committing to keep their long-range ballistic missiles at the lowest levels since the beginning of the Cold War. The Treaty, known as the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START- the original was drafted in 1991), was enacted on February…

Progressive Saudi Arabia and What it Means for the Political Sphere

By: Ashley Levi The specter of a new age of progressivism in Saudi Arabian politics came into sharper focus when Mohamed Bin Salman, the 32-year-old son of King Salman, was appointed crown prince in June of 2017. He instituted many reforms in Saudi Arabia’s society and legal structure, including an expansion of women’s rights by…

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…

Niger: The United States Next Target For The War On Terror?

By: Caitlin Attaway The death of four American troops in Niger this past October lifted the curtain on United States involvement in West Africa. Since the attack, questions have arisen with regard to the purpose of the troops stationed in Niger. The United States’ growing interest in this country seems to suggest that its “War…