Category: News

  • Canada, A Key U.S. Ally, Suspiciously Absent from Key U.S. Foreign Policy Developments

    When Joe Biden won the 2020 U.S. presidential election promising to restore alliances in U.S. foreign policy, sighs of relief could be heard across much of Canada. Four years of neglect and abuse from the Trump administration left U.S.-Canada relations strained. The Trump administratoin imposed arbitrary tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum with little explanation. […]

  • Missile Hit in Poland Reminds NATO That War is Very Real

    On Tuesday, a missile landed in the Polish farm town of Przewodow, just four miles from the border with Ukraine. Initially, as the missile hit within NATO territory, many were quick blame Russia for the fatal blast. Had what NATO members worked so hard to avoid finally happened? Was Russia launching an attack on a […]

  • U.S.-Saudi Ties Are at the Lowest in Decades. Here’s Why.

    In recent months, ties between the United States and its longtime Middle Eastern partner, Saudi Arabia, have reached the lowest point in decades. The latest involved a cut in oil production by a group fronted by Saudi Arabia. On October 5, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+) – a cartel of 23 oil-exporting […]

  • Brazil’s Election Ushers in a New Era, or Does It?

    While the November 8 midterm elections loom over the United States, another key election in Latin America took place on Sunday. In Brazil – a deeply polarized country – voters elected Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva into his third term as president over the incumbent, Jair Bolsonaro. The election, heralded as the most important election […]

  • Despite No Longer Blocking Alliance Expansion, Turkey Proves Problematic for NATO Allies

    For the last several weeks, Turkey blocked what NATO hoped would be a quick accession for Sweden and Finland – who applied for NATO membership for the first time despite their history of neutrality – much to the chagrin of its NATO allies. Turkey’s pause centers primarily on what Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees […]

  • The European Union Grants Ukraine and Moldova Candidate Status

    At long last, it finally happened. The European Union (EU), in a show of continued unity in aiding Ukraine in its fight against Russia, agreed to offer Ukraine candidacy into the bloc. In what the European Commission’s President touted as a “defining moment and a very good day for Europe,” the EU finally granted Ukraine […]

  • America’s Closest Ally in South America Faces Possible Change with Next President

    On Sunday, Colombian voters again go to the polls to elect the country’s next president in a runoff election. The first round of the election – held on May 29 – led to the runoff as frontrunner Gustavo Petro won 40% of the votes while the runner up, Rodolfo Hernandez, came in with 28%. Since […]

  • Did Biden Just Change America’s Taiwan Policy?

    During his first stop on his first trip to Asia,  U.S. President Joe Biden unveiled the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in Japan. With nearly a dozen other countries involved in the new framework, Mr. Biden intends to counter China’s regional dominance through economic means. However, Taiwan, a key U.S. partner, was notably absent. Despite the democratic […]

  • The Solomon Islands Caught in Great Power Politics

    It’s not very often that the Solomon Islands finds itself at the center of U.S. foreign policy. This week, however, the Solomon Islands – located in a strategic and politically volatile part of the world best known on for the first land battles between the United States and its allies and Imperial Japan in the […]

  • Scandal Dominates the Politics of America’s Closest Ally

    Scandal has erupted within the government of America’s closest ally. Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, became the first prime minister to be found to have broken the law while in office last week when the Metropolitan Police fined him, along with his wife and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, for attending his […]