Fear Itself: Why Donald Trump’s “America First” Mantra is a Euphemism for “America Only”

Standing in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump declared, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.” Commensurate with his campaign rhetoric, this proclamation was followed by a description of the actors who have eroded American power under his predecessors’ rule: foreigners, the establishment, other nations, and a globalized economy. The Trump Administration’s guiding principle of “America first” is problematic for two reasons: it will not lead to the desired effect…

Un-American and Unclear: What Exactly Does it Mean to be Un-American?

It has been used on late night talk-shows. It has been used in newspapers. It has been used at political rallies. It has been used in Congress. It has been used on numerous occasions throughout American history but perhaps never fully understood. The mid-twentieth century lays claim to the height of word’s popularity, but “un-American” seems to have found a resurgence in American political discourse in recent months. We are apparently experiencing a very un-American moment in history—whatever that means. The 2016 presidential campaign appears to be responsible for the…

Muhammadu Bahari: The Leader Nigeria Needs—And Needs to Watch

A former military dictator with a putrid human rights record is the future of Africa’s most powerful democracy. This is the enigma that is Nigeria’s new president, Muahmmadu Bahari. In this time of crisis, however, he is just the man the West African country needs. Corruption is rampant, the economy is struggling, and perhaps most importantly, the Nigerian-born Boko Haram poses the greatest threat to regional stability that West Africa has seen in years. The now former president, Goodluck Jonathan, failed to remedy these issues and, in some ways, exacerbated…

Echoes of Liberia: The Need for ECOWAS in Nigeria

Nigeria is home to the African continent’s largest economy, largest population and most famous Islamic militant organization. Boko Haram has systematically terrorized villages and taken control of small cities in northern Nigeria almost completely unencumbered. The group intends to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Thus far, it has been wildly successful. It is the tale of two Nigerias: northern Nigeria, a predominantly Muslim region inhabited mostly by ethnic Hausas, and southern Nigeria, a predominantly Christian region inhabited mostly by ethnic Yoruba and Igbos. Perhaps the sharpest difference…

What’s the Endgame Mr. President?

The United States returns to Iraq less than three years after pulling out the last U.S. troops in what was supposed to be the official end of the Iraq War. In October 2011, as the last of the troops were coming home, President Obama announced that the “tide of war is receding” and that United States would “partner with an Iraq that contributes to regional security and peace, just as we insist other nations respect Iraq’s sovereignty.” It is saddening that these hopes never came to fruition and that only…

David Barron is Confirmed, but Questions Surrounding His “Drone Memo” Remain Unanswered

Harvard law professor, former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, recipient of the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the National Intelligence Achievement Medal. This partial list of impressive credentials makes David J. Barron an ideal candidate for a federal judgeship nominee. But this list does not include the credential for which Barron is most famous—the credential that makes his nomination controversial.  David Barron is the co-author of a legal document used by the Obama administration to justify the…

In the CAR, the Causes Go Beyond Religion, the Implications Beyond Africa

Since the coup d’état of François Bozizé’s government by Séléka forces in March 2013, Central African Republic has descended into a state of chaos, and a far-reaching humanitarian crisis has emerged. In the early stages of the crisis the Christian population of Bangui was under attack from the mostly Muslim members of the rebel group, Séléka. In recent months, the mostly Christian members of the anti-Balaka group have forced Muslims to flee CAR in search of refuge in countries like Cameroon. This exchange of brutalities between Muslims and Christians suggests…