Author Archives: Lauren Gagliardi

The Nation, the State, and Trump’s Nationalism

“Nationalism and its concept of a ‘national mission’ perverted the national concept of mankind as a family of nations into a hierarchical structure where differences of history and organization were misinterpreted as differences between men, residing in natural origin.” (Hannah Arendt) The American party system is being challenged. We may have discontented masses but are […]

Is The United States Ready For Next Generation Warfare?

Today’s politics is increasingly being defined by the resurgence of the old empires of past. China, Russia, Iran, and Turkey are steadily making inroads in defining their status as regional power brokers. Though each is facing a differing degree of economic turmoil they will continue to project embolden foreign policies relative to America’s diminishing ability […]

Retrograde Reset on Middle East Policy: Here’s Looking at You, Iran!

President Trump’s first foreign trip is turning out to be a strategic grand show of his worldview. His administration will attempt to shape Middle East policy in accordance with the Trumpian branding of winners and losers. Trump reaffirmed a strong commitment to building on the traditional alliance America has with both Saudi Arabia and Israel, […]

Is Trump Seeking to Delegitimize the National Security Process?

The Trump Administration’s National Security policy is quickly becoming one of the most contestable issues facing the nation. It is not only unconventional, but also disquieting in its rebuke of the traditional practices of statecraft and ideological doctrines. Where it lacks strategic discipline, Trump makes up for it by using bellicosity as a principle for […]

Deconfliction Fiction: America Has No Grand Strategy

Deconfliction. Is it the equivalent of a new age détente? Has the U.S been developing channels of communication to assert our interests and stabilize tensions with Russia, Syria, Iran, and now North Korea? Not quite so. Henry Kissinger’s policy of détente may have had the long-term success of breaking apart the Soviet Union and China, […]

Spotlight on Trump, China, and the North Korean Nuclear Menace

Tomorrow’s meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be a far-reaching event in shaping the administration’s policy objectives for the Asian region. A new Asian century is steadily taking shape. Examples of this can be seen in China’s attempt to assert regional dominance by projecting naval superiority, Japan upending decades of military […]

Carrot, Stick, or Smash! Sounds Like Foreign Policy To Me

The foreign policy of the United States is influenced by varying factors that precipitate the way it behaves in the international community. Various decision-making processes and institutions formulate policy that protects the independence and sovereignty of the country. Congress oversees the varying, and sometimes overlapping, institutions that shape the president’s framework in crafting grand strategy. […]

Truthiness, Fake News, and an Investigation of How We Think

In light of the current controversy over the CIA/FBI’s publicized intelligence assessment on Donald Trump’s links to Russian FSB operatives and the consequential hacking of the Democratic National Committee, I thought it would be of good measure to take a step back from the battle being waged between America’s vital democratic institutions (the Executive branch, […]

Transnational Corporatism: Multilateralism of the Future?

Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks give some detail into the framework of his strategic outlook. His governance style may be intentionally arbitrary, but his picks for top posts provide a glimpse into how he will use the power of the presidency. Trump’s Cabinet is set to be the wealthiest in modern American history with a combined […]

Neo-Nationalism or the Global Village

In the week since the election of Donald Trump, the dividing lines for future conflicts both domestic and global are becoming unabashedly acute. Pro-Trump America has outwardly expressed a visceral discontent with the growing inequality caused by globalization, but also a sharp rebuke of the cultural ethos of the liberal international order. An order that […]