With a cruise missile being shot down and the Saudi ruling family rounding up its opponents and stuffing them into the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, it’s been a busy time in the Middle East. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, however, a humanitarian crisis in Yemen was exacerbated even further and the American government is deeply implicated.… Read More Yemenis: Casualties in the Proxy War
United in the fight against Nazi Germany, the United States and the USSR were staunch allies. However, once the Third Reich was vanquished, it was a matter of mere months before tensions started to rise between the two powers. The lesson to be drawn from this history is that without a guiding, unifying purpose, coalitions… Read More The Fall of ISIS and the Dissolution of the Coalition
“If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately.” This is what Secretary of Defense James Mattis told members of Congress at a meeting earlier this year. He went on: “The more that we put into the State Department’s diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into… Read More Public Diplomacy: More Important Now Than Ever
Photo from Wikimedia Commons “The only security of all is in a free press.” Thomas Jefferson’s words on the centrality of a vigorous exchange of ideas ring as true today and they did in his day. A free, engaged, argumentative fourth estate is the blood in the veins of a democracy. Without this pillar, the… Read More Americans Must Protect the Integrity of the Press
Photo from VOA On July 11, the Chinese Navy vessel, Jinggang Shan, set sail from southern China, laden with troops bound for foreign shores. With that, China practically established its first overseas military base. The troops were bound for a new Chinese installation located in the diminutive East African nation of Djibouti. The tiny nation,… Read More New Neighbors: China’s First Overseas Base
Photo from PBS At its birth in 1999, it was called “The Organization of Monotheism and Jihad.” Then, in 2004, it became “The Organization of Jihad’s Base in Mesopotamia.” Two years later, it became “the Islamic State of Iraq.” Now, it goes by the moniker of ISIS. Although the group is best known for its… Read More The Stages of ISIS: Are We Ready for What’s Next?
When CNN’s infographics show Alaska within range of North Korean nuclear weapons, it can be hard to think about anything except how the strange country’s rhetoric and actions are aimed at destroying us. However, it’s important we stop to consider why the country’s ruling dynasty acts the way it does and what that means for… Read More DPRK Nukes: More Shield Than Spear