North America

WARSAW, Poland (July 8, 2016) President Barack Obama and President of Poland Andrzej Duda address press as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry  look on at the 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee)(credit:Ash Carter)

Has Obama Delivered Change Or Continuity In US Foreign Policy?

As Obama departs office, his ability to deliver change and attitude to foreign policies is retrospectively assessed.

Economic Interdependence and Conflict – The Case of the US and China

Economic Interdependence and Conflict – The Case of the US and China

The liberal assumption that high levels of trade and investment between two states like the US and China will make war unlikely, if not impossible, is overly simplistic.

Dependency Theory: A Useful Tool for Analyzing Global Inequalities Today?

Dependency Theory: A Useful Tool for Analyzing Global Inequalities Today?

Several thoughts and concepts from the dependency approach are still applicable for making sense of global inequalities in today’s globalized world.

Mexico’s Neoliberal Fix: U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs

Mexico’s Neoliberal Fix: U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs

Neoliberal policies of the 1980-90s in Mexico have triggered the explosion of violence caused by Drug Trafficking Organisations and that is, to this day, still present.

US-China Relations in Cyberspace: The Benefits and Limits of a Realist Analysis

US-China Relations in Cyberspace: The Benefits and Limits of a Realist Analysis

Offensive realism provides a useful framework for considering the national security rivalry in cyberspace and illuminates the current security competition.

Can ‘Title X’ Improve Women and Young People’s Reproductive Health?

Can ‘Title X’ Improve Women and Young People’s Reproductive Health?

Reproductive health care policies, like Title X in the U.S., are controversial. Their ability to be effective has been constrained by opposition from various groups.

Agricultural Overproduction and the Deteriorating Environment

Agricultural Overproduction and the Deteriorating Environment

Overproducing food, while allowing for food security, also disrupt world markets as well as causes immense environmental damage to soil and water supplies.

Have Western Powers Lost the Art of Strategy?

Have Western Powers Lost the Art of Strategy?

‘Strategy’ is a concept Western powers have struggled to define throughout history, and never truly owned. The 2003 Iraq War was a clear embodiment of this struggle.

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

While Marxism attacks the United States for its greedy intentions in invading Iraq, defensive realism explains why it invaded due to its role as the global superpower.

Image by J Pellgen

The Myth of Soft Power in Asia

Soft power, unless blended appropriately with hard power, cannot insert influence in international relations and serve as an effective diplomatic tool.

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Nonviolent action can simultaneously be pragmatic in its power to achieve the desired goal and principled by being rooted initially in morality.

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Discrete Diplomacy: Oman and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Exploring Oman’s mediating role in facilitating the initial US-Iranian talks reveals how it can aid the US’s strategic goals in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

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