Tag Archives: United States

Yemen and Coalition-Based Interventions

A series of ongoing conflicts and U.S. complacence have begun to unravel the norms on the use of force. Continue reading

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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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Airstrikes in Syria: Legitimacy of Regional Coalitions

U.S. airstrikes in Syria may be a critical step in changing legitimate international behavior in the face of state sovereignty norms. Continue reading

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ISIS: No Good Options

Embracing the responsibility of global leadership, Barack Obama has pledged U.S. leadership in the fight against ISIS. The road elected to eradicate ISIS will not be easy, and the United States has few good options. 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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Russia and Crimea: International Law and Sovereignty

When Barack Obama characterized Russia’s behavior as a “violation of international law,” his words were not strictly true. Obama was referring to the official United States policy that Russia’s military intervention and protectionist presence within the Crimea region transgressed the … Continue reading

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Pakistani Taliban: Hopes for Peace?

Originally posted at Prime Meridians On October 12, 2012, the world received a rude reminder that Pakistan still struggles with Islamic terrorists. The ruthless shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai made international headlines. Yousafzai, a young education-rights’ activist, was captured on her … Continue reading

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