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?
When President Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13780, section 11 of the document tasked the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to draft a report that would assess the foreign national terror-related threats to the United States. If you aren’t familiar with EO 13780 by number, perhaps you know it better by the… Read More The First Section 11 Report
By all accounts 2017 has been a year to remember — or forget, depending on your levels of optimism.… Read More Geopolitical Events: 2017 in Review
If you had fallen asleep in 1975 and woke up today, you’d probably think the US and the USSR were still deadlocked in a Cold War. Why? Well, there’s a lot of noise these days regarding Russian activities that threaten NATO and American interests. Here’s a short list: Russia hosts the Zapad war games, Russia left troops in Belarussia… Read More Not Your Daddy’s Cold War
“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
Over the past few years, the nature of terrorism has altered noticeably. As the military campaign against ISIS continues to gain steam by rolling back ISIS-controlled territory, it is ever more likely that the world will continue to see low-cost, high yield attacks like the ones in Nice and Orlando. In stark contrast to the large scale… Read More The New Terror Normal
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