The Fundamental Crisis in American Foreign Policy: Strategy, or lack thereof? 

by: Kenan Kabbani Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have been escalating throughout the Trump administration’s term. Starting with the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Deal), the U.S. adopted a policy of “Maximum Pressure” by reintroducing many sanctions on the Iranian economy and exerting pressure on Iranian leadership… Read More The Fundamental Crisis in American Foreign Policy: Strategy, or lack thereof? 

The United States and Pakistani Relations During the “East Pakistan Secession Crisis”

By Mustafa Rasheed As ethnic and religious tensions are making headlines in the South Asia region, I have decided to post my final term paper for Professor Paul Kershaw’s American Foreign Relations Since 1933 course at Wayne State University. The paper required students to develop a historiographical question and produce an argument to answer that… Read More The United States and Pakistani Relations During the “East Pakistan Secession Crisis”

Presidential Folly and The Cabinet of Cowards

By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko Impeachment has taken center stage in Washington the past few days. While democratic committee staffers and leadership scramble to strategize and prepare the most robust case for impeachment, the White House and Co. strike counterpunches through a trick relatively popular in their arsenal: Institutional discredit. From the failure to comply with recent… Read More Presidential Folly and The Cabinet of Cowards

US Foreign Policy and the Rational Policy Paradigm

By: Armend Topllari In the field of International Relations, there are multiple theoretical approaches that attempt to predict the actions that states will undertake in order to gain and/or maintain their power in the international system. Many of these theories are structured around the idea that states are considered rational actors; that meaning that their… Read More US Foreign Policy and the Rational Policy Paradigm

The Balkanic Mentality and the Urgent Need to Put Aside Nationalism

By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko It is that time of the year for Balkan countries once again. For Albania and Macedonia, June is a month of high anticipation as both countries turn their eyes towards Europe for the green light to ascension talks. For others, the fight for integration and negotiations continue in what is seemingly an… Read More The Balkanic Mentality and the Urgent Need to Put Aside Nationalism

Trump’s National Emergency: A Test for the Courts

By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko PROLOGUE: 27 BC, Rome. Octavian Augustus is delegated the power of the Principes, the highest and most authoritative office in the Roman state. His coronation definitively marked the end of the Roman republic, setting a tradition of autocracy which carried on until the collapse of the ancient superpower. But while Augustus dealt… Read More Trump’s National Emergency: A Test for the Courts

An Interview with Wa’el Alzayat

By Mustafa Rasheed This past summer, I was able to intern with an organization called Emgage in Washington, D.C. Emgage is a non-partisan organization that seeks to empower the Muslim-American community by promoting civic engagement, endorsing candidates that align with the interests of the community, and pursuing a like-minded legislative agenda. In my time in… Read More An Interview with Wa’el Alzayat

The Generals

By Mustafa Rasheed The Trump administration’s cabinet and officials have been the subject of national attention in matters of controversy and ideology. One interesting characteristic of this administration is its striking number of military officials in key positions. Appropriately, General Joseph Dunford is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lieutenant General H.R.… Read More The Generals