How to Build a Global Alliance in Protectionist Times

Donald Trump’s election capped off a tumultuous 2016 for the globalist ideal. Many foreign policy experts have been sent into a tailspin over what the consequences of a protectionist world would be, especially an isolationist USA. While then candidate Trump promised to roll back America’s global role, his presidency is saying something different thus far. With the exception of the TPP withdrawal, the Trump administration has made several reassurances to alliances worldwide, Japan and NATO being two that stick out. This peculiar policy mix of denying globalist motives while embracing…

Is Trump the New Reagan?

America has always been a nation of narratives. From Manifest Destiny to the American Dream, the stories we tell about ourselves have come to define not simply our culture but our politics as well. Since the Jacksonian Revolution, this myth-making, this populist penchant for following a cult of personality, has been a consistent factor in American life, but perhaps never more so than in the past election. Donald Trump has created a personal brand like few presidents in history, using his celebrity status for political ends like no one else…

Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy

Obama is perhaps the biggest game changer of our lifetime. Besides being the first African-American president, he enacted numerous major policy shifts and programs such as the Affordable Care Act and a financial stimulus package after the Great Recession, and he made progress in the battle against climate change. Domestic policy is where President Obama has made his biggest waves in the news and his greatest enemies. He struggled to put many of his ideas into action due to two deadlocked Congresses and many strong enemies on the right. His…

Boehner and Netanyahu Threaten American Unity on Foreign Policy

Over the last few weeks, there has been significant political dispute between the White House, Congressional Democrats (and some Republicans) and House Speaker John Boehner after the Ohio Republican extended an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress in March. The Speaker did this without consulting with President Obama or any White House official. Critics on the left (and a few on the right as well) have slammed the political maneuver for several reasons, the primary one being that foreign policy powers lie solely in the…

Defaulting on Terror

While Osama bin Laden may be dead, the legacy of violent Islamism continues to flourish in almost every society—from small tribes in Northern Africa to powerful countries in Europe. In spite of this, Louis Klaveras of The New Republic put forth in 2011 that “With the death of Osama bin Laden, this demise [of terrorism] will continue—and perhaps be expedited.” In like manner, Peter Breinart of The Daily Beast wrote: “The war on terror is over; Al Qaeda lost.” This type of rhetoric was not uncommon for writers and policy…