December 11

Trump Presidency Likely to Result in Improved U.S. – Russia Relations

Introduction Throughout Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, he has praised Russian president Vladimir Putin and expressed his desire to improve U.S. – Russia relations (Diamond, 2016); which have sunk to a Cold War level under the Obama administration. This could signal the beginning of an unprecedented U.S. – Russian alliance; one that is likely to result […]

November 05

The Fallacy of U.S. Policy in Syria

Introduction As all hope of an agreement between world powers on the proper course of action to take in Syria disintegrates, the shortcomings of U.S. policy are becoming increasingly obvious. Support for the insurgency by the U.S. and its allies is bolstering radical Islamists groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), […]

January 02

U.S. Announces New Sanctions Against Iran: P5+1 Negotiations Will Likely Suffer

The U.S. recently announced that it has decided to enact new sanctions against Iran; potentially sabotaging any hopes that the P5+1 had of reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. This move raises the question of why the U.S. has decided to potentially sabotage something which may have had a host of long […]

December 19

Russia’s Relationship With North Korea Evidences Need to Restructure UNSC

Today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that Vladimir Putin has extended an invitation to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to come to Moscow next year to attend the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany. This invitation highlights the fact that Russia continues to conduct business with rogue states in defiance of United […]

December 18

Nigerian Presidential Candidate Muhammadu Buhari Appears Positioned to Win February Election

It was recently announced that Muhammadu Buhari will be running as the main opposition candidate against Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s presidential election, which will take place in February 2015. Buhari has a reputation for ruling with an iron fist. However, he is respected as being one of the few Nigerian presidents who did not use […]

December 08

Iraq and Iran: A Beneficial Partnership

Since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, the country has developed a closer working relationship with its Shiite partner, Iran. While this relationship is not openly advertised, it is beneficial for Iraq and will help in establishing regional stability for two primary reasons. First and foremost, this partnership will help curb the spread of […]

December 02

Boko Haram Insurgency Gains Momentum: Jonathan Seeks to Extend State of Emergency

Boko Haram has continued to make strategic gains in the northern Nigerian states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno, despite the government’s efforts to eliminate the insurgent group. Following the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls, international pressure led Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan to crack down on Boko Haram. However, these efforts appear to have done little […]