While many academics and foreign policy wonks consider Democratic Peace Theory to be less of a theory and more of a law, I’m a little more skeptic of democracies and enduring peace.
Listening to last night’s Presidential foreign policy debate, I couldn’t help but notice that, upon closing my eyes, all I could hear were the ramblings of a Wilsonian Liberal. Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have posed their foreign policies as pawns of Democratic Peace Theory.
I’m currently writing a paper about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and whether or not it’ll be around in another twenty years. While I have to come up with some complex theoretical answer, in all reality, it’s hard to fathom what will actually occur. The proper response, at least, is – who cares? Continue reading
In fifty years from now, historians and political scientists will be referring to 2010 as the Dawn of Revolution. From Belgrade to New York City, Hama to Bahrain, people around the world have found reasons to take their opinions to the streets. Continue reading
It’s hard for countries to know how fragile Syria is and do absolutely nothing about it. The real question becomes, “What exactly is to be done about Syria?” Continue reading
In qualitative political theory, observing civic reactions to government policy becomes routine. What often goes ignored is the simple task of asking “what is reality?” Continue reading
There are three types of people in the world, especially in the realm that we social scientists like to call, “politics”. Continue reading
Libertarians have often been criticized for having a naive attitude on foreign policy. While that may be true in some respects, libertarians have been the only people with a school of thought that seeks to minimize violence and maximize profits. Nonetheless, maximizing profits also comes with its risks.
What I am going to argue is that political parties in the United States have little knowledge as to what is exactly in America’s best interest when it comes to foreign policy. Continue reading
Over and over and over again. I get “Breaking News” updates tweeted to my phone. At least twice a month, NATO and US forces have killed top al Qaeda leaders in Yemen. I’m not going to argue about the moralities of war and drone strikes. Instead, the US’s overall strategy in the Middle East needs some serious evaluation. I find it a generally “good” thing that US military primacy has been globally untouched and our military is capable of reaching any threat anywhere around the world. Nonetheless, these threats keep emerging – and they’re the same ones. Continue reading
One of America’s most concerning and ignored foreign policy vulnerabilities is its lack of decent education. New York likes to do this thing where it lowers the failing grade so more students can graduate; this is what New York, and many other States, have to look forward to when it comes to establishing the future of the U.S. And of course, with the ever increasing cost of education compiled with student debt and a poor job market, the future looks ever so grim. Continue reading