What Russia’s Weaponization of Hunger Can Tell Us About the Power of Shame

The Black Sea Grain Initiative is a UN-brokered agreement between Russia and Ukraine signed in July 2022 (Public Domain Pictures). The global humanitarian community had whiplash last week. This stems from Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, an agreement facilitating the exportation of wheat from the region, and then promptly re-entered … Continue reading What Russia’s Weaponization of Hunger Can Tell Us About the Power of Shame

Why should we pay more attention to LGBTQ+ rights in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Image Source: Emily Leshner, AP // on NBC News Security interests in Africa also exist outside of the strategic competition paradigm. Policymakers should be more involved in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the promotion of minority rights and democratic processes should be our primary motivation, not strategic competition. In the past two years concerns about “democratic backsliding” … Continue reading Why should we pay more attention to LGBTQ+ rights in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Maritime piracy is on the decline… Can it stay that way?

Photo Credit: Dryad Global: Maritime Security and Risk Intelligence; London, England. Published in The Guardian.  While many associate modern day maritime piracy with the Academy Award nominated film Captain Phillips, this transnational threat is a persistent reality for many ships across the globe. There are typically two overarching goals of maritime piracy: robbery to then … Continue reading Maritime piracy is on the decline… Can it stay that way?

Combating the Gray Zone: Enhancing America’s Arctic Force Posture

Image Source: The Army Times After almost a decade, the White House has released an updated 2022 version of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The document establishes four pillars for advancing America’s interests: security, climate change and environmental protection, sustainable economic development, and international cooperation and governance. Though the strategy focuses on transnational … Continue reading Combating the Gray Zone: Enhancing America’s Arctic Force Posture

Colombia’s New President Is Right: The U.S. Can End The War On Drugs By Changing The Focus Of Its Counternarcotics Strategy

Image Source: CNN This article is a guest submission from Ivan Thirion Romo. Recently, Colombia’s newly inaugurated President Gustavo Petro delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in which he criticized the dysfunctional policies of the United States’ “War on Drugs.” Petro criticized the U.S. counternarcotics strategy that has primarily focused … Continue reading Colombia’s New President Is Right: The U.S. Can End The War On Drugs By Changing The Focus Of Its Counternarcotics Strategy

Anti-Asian Racism: A Hurdle for American Tech Innovation

Image Source: The Miami Foundation Left ignored, anti-Asian racism in the U.S. may dampen new talents’ enthusiasm to immigrate, hurting American strength in technological innovation. According to numbers reported by top-tier universities, more than 1,400 US-trained Chinese scientists and engineers abandoned their tenured positions, turning to China or elsewhere in 2021, up by 22% from … Continue reading Anti-Asian Racism: A Hurdle for American Tech Innovation

Space Force & The Limits of “Semper Supra”

Source: Image Designed by Aidan Poling (author) using Stable Diffusion AI On September 20, 2022, the United States Space Force released its fight song “SemperSupra” (Always Above). It flopped. The song was widely mocked across social media and late-night television. Much of the criticism understandably focused on the melody and lyrics. However, these critiques miss … Continue reading Space Force & The Limits of “Semper Supra”

Is Europe Ready for the Next Wave of Climate Migration?

Image Source: United Nations While the war in Ukraine rightfully has the attention of Europe’s policymakers right now, there is a brewing crisis to the south that warrants preparation. The Lake Chad Basin (LCB) area’s climate change is increasingly connected to regional migration. Already, LCB countries are experiencing rapid population growth which is straining resources … Continue reading Is Europe Ready for the Next Wave of Climate Migration?

Diminishing Returns: Russia’s Waning Sphere of Influence Amid the Russo-Ukrainian War

Image Source: Russian Ministry of Defense On the evening of September 12, 2022, artillery barrages rang out across the sky. Gunfire and mortar shells pounded small towns while Bayraktar TB2 drones whirred overhead. One could be forgiven for thinking that these events were taken from the Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kharkiv, launched days earlier, but it … Continue reading Diminishing Returns: Russia’s Waning Sphere of Influence Amid the Russo-Ukrainian War

War in Ukraine Leaves U.S. Scrambling to Replenish Arsenal, and European Allies May Offer No Solution

Image Source: The Military Times Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the United States and its NATO allies have stepped up to provide military support to bolster Ukraine’s arsenal in its fights to repel Russian advances. However, the Allies are unevenly sharing the burden of supporting the Ukrainian defense, with the U.S. … Continue reading War in Ukraine Leaves U.S. Scrambling to Replenish Arsenal, and European Allies May Offer No Solution