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

First the Americans and Now the Russians: The Taliban as a Political Tool

By: Rex Nazarko Afghanistan is considered “America’s Longest War”. Official US involvement in the country dates back to 2001 with President Bush’s famous “You Are Either With US Or Against Us” speech, propping up American invasion of the central Asian nation. The goal was eliminate the terrorist element governing Afghanistan, otherwise known as the Taliban.… Read More First the Americans and Now the Russians: The Taliban as a Political Tool

Balance of Power Politics: Russia Wary of Rising Chinese Influence

In a political climate heavily centered around the actions of American policy and Isolationism, we forget about the other regional and global powers shaping the course of our world. While it may seem as if other global leaders such as Moscow and Beijing are united in a villainous effort to undermine Washington, the reality of… Read More Balance of Power Politics: Russia Wary of Rising Chinese Influence

Why Europe Cannot do Without America

By: Rexhinaldo Nazarko In unveiling their campaign program for the German election yesterday, Angela Merkel’s conservatives put forth a series of plans which at the heart, contained the promise and thrust for a unified, independent Europe. One could hardly not notice the severe undertone Merkel’s CDU had taken towards the United States and European reliance… Read More Why Europe Cannot do Without America