Realism and Conservatism: The Elephant(s) in the Room

By Ethan Kessler Today, as the world continues to suffer from continued anthropogenic degradation, as mankind enters its fifth month of the coronavirus pandemic, and as America’s cities burn and rend at the seams on a scale not seen in generations, questions of international relations theory may seem too abstract to ponder. Nevertheless some have … Continue reading Realism and Conservatism: The Elephant(s) in the Room

How Will Coronavirus Impact Afghanistan’s Political Future?

By Alison O'Neil Afghanistan in the Coronavirus Era American news has covered Afghanistan for a number of reasons over the past six months, with coronavirus comprising the latest in a series of misfortunes. The December 2019 release of the Afghanistan Papers brought the American campaign into the public eye once again, just as the Trump administration … Continue reading How Will Coronavirus Impact Afghanistan’s Political Future?

Five Realist Lessons from the Coronavirus

By Jan Gerber Crises force us to adjust our narratives to come to terms with reality. They expose flaws in our thinking and vulnerabilities in our systems. The new coronavirus has shown how easily individuals give up their freedoms for security and how vehemently states hold on to power and compete for more with other … Continue reading Five Realist Lessons from the Coronavirus

The Imperial Presidency: A Homegrown Phenomenon

By Gray Farris A title of position is just that -- a title. Sometimes, that title is derived from historical precedent, while others are derived from a unique creation of those distributing the powers of a particular government. No such title is more controversial or public than that of the President of the United States. … Continue reading The Imperial Presidency: A Homegrown Phenomenon

Indictment of the Executive 

By Solomon Bennett In the wake of the attacks by al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush responded by requesting an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from Congress which provided the president with the power to “to deter and preempt any future acts of terrorism or aggression against the United States.” … Continue reading Indictment of the Executive 

Overcoming Myopic Militarism: A Case for Restraint

By Ethan Kessler Right now, America’s Middle East policy is significantly detached from the American national interest. An honest review of America’s interests in the Middle East reveals that they do not require today’s force posture. A bare-bones force posture and military restraint should fully substitute for the sweeping military presence currently in place.  America’s … Continue reading Overcoming Myopic Militarism: A Case for Restraint

Drawing Down: The Case for a Reduced But Reliable Middle Eastern Military Presence

By Alison O'Neil Oil on the Brain: Reconsidering the Carter Doctrine Middle Eastern affairs have dictated major aspects of American foreign policy for decades, catalyzing wars and covert action as well as some of the United States’ strongest alliances.  Throughout the history of American involvement, one policy objective has stood out from the others: the … Continue reading Drawing Down: The Case for a Reduced But Reliable Middle Eastern Military Presence

Nationalism Strikes Back in Eastern Europe

By Guzi He In 1989, momentous events prompted Eastern Europe to break free from the chains of soviet communism. Negotiations with civil society in Poland did away with one-party rule in April. Hungary followed suit five months later, commencing its own “Round Table Talks”. Then the Berlin Wall fell on November 9th. Germans on both … Continue reading Nationalism Strikes Back in Eastern Europe

NATO: The Dangerous Dinosaur?

By Andrew Jarocki Ask any 70-year-old, and they’ll tell you (sometimes in unnecessary detail) which joints don’t work like they did in their prime. Likewise, NATO faces mounting questions about its health as it celebrates seven decades.  Although few realize it, the debate over the future of the American relationship with the alliance has reached … Continue reading NATO: The Dangerous Dinosaur?