Venezuela’s Arsenal: A Ticking Time Bomb

By: Patrick Savage, Columnist Photo Credit: Juan Barreto, AFP (via CNN.com) As political and economic chaos continues to mount in Venezuela, worry has grown in the international community over the possibility of the total collapse of the country—a failed state scenario. If Venezuela were to enter a state of chaos similar to that of Somalia … Continue reading Venezuela’s Arsenal: A Ticking Time Bomb

By, With, and Through: Securing US National Interests in Africa

By: Doug Livermore, Columnist Photo Credit: Author, Northern Mali (2011) President Donald Trump’s recently released annual budget request, characterized as a “hard power” budget, emphasizes military spending over diplomatic and developmental aid.[i] As such, there is a perceived risk that the United States’ new foreign policy will de-prioritize our engagement with Africa, which accounts for … Continue reading By, With, and Through: Securing US National Interests in Africa

Old Tricks, New Targets: Russia’s Involvement in the 2016 Elections and the US Response

Photo Credit: Fortune.com By: Emily Kangas, Columnist While the United States’ 2016 presidential election can be described as anything but ordinary, perhaps one of the most controversial aspects was Russia’s alleged involvement in the election process.[i] This month, new evidence of Russian meddling emerged, with recent reports accusing Russia of coordinating a campaign of “botnets,” … Continue reading Old Tricks, New Targets: Russia’s Involvement in the 2016 Elections and the US Response

The Looming Threat of the Islamic State in Pakistan

Photo Credit: Long War Journal By: Nicole Magney, Columnist In the battle against the Islamic State (IS), the United States and its allies have rightly focused on areas where the group controls territory, like Iraq and Syria, as well as IS ‘provinces’ of particular concern, like Libya. However, the group’s presence further east in Pakistan … Continue reading The Looming Threat of the Islamic State in Pakistan