Category US

The Nature of the Nation-State is Changing: Is a Broken Social Contract to Blame?

When looking at current events it is impossible to ignore the multitude of succession and separatist movements happening across the globe. From the Kurds of Northern Iraq and to the Catalan people of Spain, both have declared independence and seek to operate as states separate from the government authority of Baghdad and Barcelona. Regional powers […]

Our Modern Social Contract Is In Crisis: What Would Thomas Hobbes Say?

World crises and diplomatic disputes define our current era, one where low impact warfare is used as a main tool to devise political strategy. Soft power politics of diplomatic entanglement are redefining the boundary line of national interests. Up and coming powers are uninterested in following the ideal of democratic norms and instead have found […]

Lens of the Past: The Chinese Communist Party, The Masses, and The State

Most of us are pondering the future of China-U.S relations. The coming battles over China’s ability to project power in the South China Sea and the race to dictate what constitutes the sovereign usage of weaponized space satellites are important to conceptualize as they constitute issues that will shape the future contours of U.S hegemony. […]

The Coming Crisis of Revolutionary Nationalism

Fascism. The word alone is enough to muster up vociferous sentiment from those who adhere to the principles of their politics. Many unabashedly devout a determinate will to fight political groups that espouse unpopular beliefs, tagging the label of fascism on these political groups as a means of exposing their vile nature. Hate groups have […]

When Democracies Turn to Nihilism

Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 mark the crucible of American democracy. This is not only an inflection point, but one with repercussions that will reverberate across the country. America’s history of fascist dabblings, whether it be the World War II era internment of Japanese-Americans or 1960’s police brutality against African-American civil […]

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 […]

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 […]