Democracy has become synonymous with purity and equality around the world. Many countries around the world incorporate components of democratic ideology into their governmental framework and processes, through elections of leaders and representatives. One of these countries is the United States, the first independent nation in the Western Hemisphere and one of the first countries […]

Some argue that the historical and current bloodshed of Western imperialism has transformed the English language into a universal tool of communication. Through centuries of colonialism, neocolonialism, Cold War expansionism, and, most recently, globalization, the West has spread its preferred systems of capitalism, democracy, and moral values. The British, until the beginning of the 20th […]

Rex Tillerson has brushed up against China before. So have his competitors. In 2006, Chevron executives thought they had spotted a golden opportunity to expand their operations in Asia after noticing a body of water in the South China Sea that potentially contained a plethora of reserves. The area has a history of conflict with […]

When it comes to President Donald Trump’s Twitter page, there is no shortage of inane posts, particularly in relation to global warming. Of these tweets, however, the one suggesting that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to hinder US manufacturing ambitions as opposed to a widely accepted scientific observation has garnered particularly […]

Over the last eight years, the US Congress has established a long track record of not doing things. But on September 28, for the first time in Obama’s administration, Congress mustered up a rare showing of bipartisan cooperation and overrode the president’s veto. Unfortunately, this exceptional time for Congress to decide to get something done […]

Power without diplomacy is blind, diplomacy without power is impotent,” said Robert Lieber, professor of government at Georgetown University, at a recent event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society. This poetic, Bismarckian admonition capped a brief, but impassioned, lecture devoted to the careful enumeration of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy errors – namely, his predilection […]

The mention of Cuba evokes popular tropes — old cars, rum, baseball, and of course, cigars. For decades, these famous hand-rolled cigars have become emblematic of the island. Cuba’s fertile soil and local climate are conducive to high quality, handmade tobacco products, celebrated and coveted by cigar connoisseurs and everyday US consumers alike. And thanks […]

Less than two weeks before the deadline to approve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, posted a video on YouTube imploring American supporters of armed intervention, who had successfully depicted the agreement as total capitulation, to reconsider. The world’s leaders, he asserted, must exhibit “the wisdom […]

The establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was more the result of haste and desperation than shrewd politicking. But NATO’s chief architects were adept at concealing its true circumstantial origins. “An armed attack against one or more [member state] in Europe or North America,” they declared, firmly, in Article 5 of NATO’s charter, […]

Characterized by descriptions of flying cars and climate-controlled cities, most 20th century predictions about the modern world seem unrealistic in retrospect. Despite our lack of foretold wonders, the United States has still developed futuristic technology, at least in the military: Menacing unmanned drones, shiny new fighter jets, and unbelievably complex computerized intelligence programs have combined […]