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The Future of Sanctuary Cities

The Future of Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump’s campaign against undocumented immigrants goes far beyond the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. So-called sanctuary cities, ‘which is a broad term for municipalities that choose not to participate in deportation crackdown[s] they see as unjust, self-defeating and harmful to public society,’ face an executive challenge as a part of...
Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

With the election of Donald J. Trump on 8 November 2016, the United States plunged itself headfirst into an unknown abyss of foreign policy. With all current obligations to international treaties, international organisations, and multilateral trade pacts in doubt, Trump has effectively questioned the very fabric of both current international norms and the neoliberal theory...
The Return of Protectionism and Isolationism in the First Presidential Debate

The Return of Protectionism and Isolationism in the First Presidential Debate

On the 26 September, the two presidential candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties faced off in the first debate of the 2016 election. This first impression was vital for Republican Donald Trump as well as Democrat Hillary Clinton, as both are only separated by a few points in the polls for the battleground states...
Russian Withdrawal in Syria: ‘Mission Accomplished’ for Putin?

Russian Withdrawal in Syria: ‘Mission Accomplished’ for Putin?

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced March 14 the withdrawal of the majority of Russian armed forces engaged in the Syrian Civil War. After six months of fighting, Russian servicemen have returned home, greeted by cheering throngs congratulating them on a ‘mission accomplished.’ Putin has said that he considers ‘the objectives set for the defense ministry...
Brexit: Straining the Anglo-American Economic “Special Relationship"

Brexit: Straining the Anglo-American Economic “Special Relationship”

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced 24 February that there would be a referendum on UK membership to the European Union. Recent fears regarding immigration and extensive financial ties to Brussels have prompted the Conservative government to renegotiate the terms of its membership in an attempt to achieve a ‘better deal’ with regard to the...
Russian Military Involvement in Syria: Muddying the Waters of an Already Murky Conflict

Russian Military Involvement in Syria: Muddying the Waters of an Already Murky Conflict

In September of 2015, the Russian Federal Council gave their unanimous approval for the use of military force in Syria. This vote comes years after Russia blocked the Western-backed United Nations Security Council resolutions that would have given military support to the rebel forces fighting against the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Since the...
Halted American Troop Withdraw in Afghanistan: A Response to a Confused Identity Abroad

Halted American Troop Withdraw in Afghanistan: A Response to a Confused Identity Abroad

On 16 October, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be extending its military engagement in Afghanistan by lessening the cutbacks in combat personnel that were scheduled for the next few years. Saying that although he continues to oppose the idea of “endless war,” President Obama went on to say that it was...
Japan’s New Military Role: Troubling but Inevitable

Japan’s New Military Role: Troubling but Inevitable

On September 19, the Japanese Parliament passed a bill authorizing Japanese troops to fight overseas. This marks the first time since the end of the World War II that Japan will have the ability to place troops outside of their own country. With 148 votes for and 90 against, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s majority party...
US Ground Troops in Syria: Unanswered Questions

US Ground Troops in Syria: Unanswered Questions

On 20 January, President Barack Obama made his yearly State of the Union address, which touched upon multiple topics including the status of the American economy, renewable energy, and immigration reform. The most important foreign policy remark, however, was regarding his official request for the use of force against the militant group ISIL. Since 20...