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The Obama Doctrine: A Rational Foreign Policy

Obama’s recent interview with The New York Times, clarifies his administration’s “Obama Doctrine.”, The interview reveals that contrary to the claims of some pundits, the administration is pursuing a rational foreign policy strategy aimed at bolstering U.S. interests both at home and abroad. Furthermore, the point of contention lies in a difference of core beliefs about the state of the international system. In this article, I argue that the underpinnings of the Obama Doctrine rests on three core assumptions: 1) the poor bilateral relationships also off the possibility of at least one other better equilibrium outcome 2) The United States is strong enough to withstand small defections by other sovereign actors 3) poor bilateral relationships pose a serious threat to U.S. interests. Continue reading

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ISIS In Iraq: A Kurdish Opportunity

While media attention has focused on the recent escalation in turmoil in Iraq, less attention has been given to the drastic geopolitical realignment reflected by this crisis. In particular, this fighting has opened a tremendous opportunity for the expansion of … Continue reading

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Three Years of Protest: Bahrain Today

Inspired by democratic protests among their Arab neighbors, the people of Kingdom of Bahrain rose up against the governing al-Khalifa family, who have ruled the tiny Gulf country for over 200 years. In February 2011, the Shi’a majority went to … Continue reading

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Hezbollah: Soul-Seeking

Hezbollah, “the Party of God,” was created for a very clear purpose—the rejection of Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon. Over the last 30 years, Hezbollah has fought two wars with the Israelis, and continues to stockpile advanced weaponry in preparation … Continue reading

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Rational Actors And Irrational Preferences

Originally posted on Penn Political Review The term ‘irrational actor’ seems to have weaved its way from the political science academic field through the course of policy discussion and into mainstream popular discourse. Most recently, this term has been bandied around in reference … Continue reading

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Syria’s Compliance: A Litmus Test

Originally posted at the Penn Political Review Last week, Bashar Al-Assad made a major decision in allowing international inspectors to inspect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. The reaction of the international community to Assad’s compliance will play an important role in … Continue reading

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