Ivanka in Seoul: A Diplomatic or Pleasure Visit?

While the rest of us are at home watching the details roll out about Nikolas Cruz, the shooter in the tragedy in Parkland, FL, and the Mueller investigation’s flipping of Rick Gates, Ivanka Trump was dispatched to South Korea on behalf of the White House for the Olympic closing ceremonies. According to the White House,… Read More Ivanka in Seoul: A Diplomatic or Pleasure Visit?

Extremism in America

“Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.” – Theodore Roosevelt In January of 2016, I decided to go back to school for my Master’s degree. So for the last year this blog has run silent while I’ve studied the effects of extremism within the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a land that’s no stranger to political divisiveness… Read More Extremism in America

Brexiting the Scene

Overnight, the results of the referendum in the United Kingdom were announced – Brexit.  In what will easily stand as the defining moment for the UK in post-WWII European relations, a final tally of 51.9% (roughly 17.4 million people) of votes were cast for exiting the European Union. People 65 and older overwhelmingly voted to leave the… Read More Brexiting the Scene

Deciphering The Donald’s Rhetoric

Now that the bombastic billionaire Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, it’s time to critically analyze the impact of a Trump administration on American foreign policy. Trump has routinely invoked nationalistic and isolationist rhetoric to “Make America Great Again” and deliver it from the era of interventionist administrations. Because according to Trump, “[l]ogic was… Read More Deciphering The Donald’s Rhetoric

Why the Islamic State’s expansion matters

By capitalizing on civil strife and fractured societies, ISIS’ expansion into Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan, leaves little doubt that the prospects for the group’s long-term viability have increased. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has now established enclaves in Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan, and the expansions seem permanent. ISIS’ appearance as a viable contender… Read More Why the Islamic State’s expansion matters

When the Germans Were the Ones Who Didn’t Want to Integrate – A Translation

Author: Berthold Seewald Translator: Douglas McKnight The mass immigration of Germans to the USA in the 18th century provoked a fear of being overrun by foreigners.  America’s government was in danger.   An American with German roots points the way towards successful integration. On June 11th, 1776, five men from of the Continental Congress of the… Read More When the Germans Were the Ones Who Didn’t Want to Integrate – A Translation