Why France?

In light of the horrific terror attacks on Paris France, many French and Westerners have been wondering, “Why us?” There are the more obvious reasons for the attack: Many European states, including Belgium and France have substantial, unassimilated Muslim minorities that are prone to radicalization. Furthermore, it is viewed by many in the Islamic world as instituting policies directed against […]

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President Obama’s Carter Moment

The beginning of the Russian military intervention on September 30, 2015 marked a substantial escalation in the Syrian Civil War. The first day of the Russian airstrikes were directed largely against rebel held Homs and the surrounding rebel controlled areas, killing at least 36 civilians, including at least five children according to the Syrian National Council. This is in contrast […]

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Dismantling the Nuclear Umbrella and the Nonproliferation Regime

In the post-Cold War order, many states have relied on American power and influence to guarantee their security. Through alliances, agreements, and the United States’ desire for global stability to advance its interests, the United States has used a combination of its military and economic might to deter aggression and promote stability. This ability has largely hinged on American credibility […]

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Talking Turkey in Syria

Definition: “Talk turkey–Informal. to talk frankly; mean business.”   Indeed, talking Turkey is one thing that the Obama Administration has been doing a lot of recently. On October 2nd, Vice President Joe Biden talked turkey about Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan in a speech given at Harvard University, stating that Erdogan told him, ‘You were right. We let too many […]

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Destroying the Islamic State: Answering the Boots on the Ground Question

Given President Barack Obama’s decision not to follow through with his “red line” after the Syrian regime’s sarin gas attack against rebel neighborhoods on August 21, 2013, it is difficult to believe any promises made by him regarding international affairs. On September 17th President Obama stated that “the American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will […]

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Turkey’s Conundrum in Syria

Since the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) rise to power in 2002 under the leadership of President (formerly Prime Minister) Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has pursued a foreign policy of “zero problems with neighbors.” However, Syria has been the crucial exception to this policy after Turkey cut ties with Syria in 2011 in response to Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on […]

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