by Luke Grabowski Following in the footsteps of his many predecessors, President Donald Trump launched an unconstitutional missile strike in Syria – a declaration of war without congressional consultation or approval. The response to such transgressions prompted Garrett Epps of The Atlantic to remark on “the need to keep turning the conversation back to constitutional … Continue reading Why is Congress Losing Foreign Policymaking Power?
By Andrew Doris Burnt Syrian government's tanks in Azaz, Syria by Christiaan Triebert In the face of military conflict, realists tend not to concern themselves with abstraction. Constitutions are just pieces of paper with rules on them and, unfortunately, states competing for power on the global arena rarely allow those rules to constrain their actions. Trump … Continue reading The President’s Attack on Syria Was Plainly Unconstitutional. Here’s Why That Matters.
By Matthew Petti The mainstream American view of politics in the Muslim world, and particularly the Middle East, is driven by sectarian identity politics. Persians are Shi'ite, the conventional wisdom goes, and most Arabs are Sunni, so the two factions have coalesced around Iran and Saudi Arabia in the continuation of an age-old struggle for … Continue reading Why the Shia-Sunni Divide Doesn’t Matter As Much As You Think It Does
By Andrew Doris President Trump jolted the Korean standoff with a slew of rapid and unexpected changes last month, in one of the busiest weeks for US-North Korean relations in decades. The chaos began on the evening of March 8th, when a South Korean envoy to Washington made a startling announcement from the White House … Continue reading Progress, or Premonition? Trump’s Cabinet Shakeup Raises the Stakes of North Korean Negotiations