Thucydides Trap: US & China Relations

Warning, the following post briefly discusses ancient history, so if you haven’t had your coffee yet, you may want to click the “back” button and avoid this post at all costs!!! Thucydides, an Athenian (ancient Greek) historian, is considered to be a father figure of international relations theory. This is thanks to his seminal work…

Russian Rapprochement: Getting them out of the Asian Markets and back into Europe

President-elect Trump’s campaign rhetoric regarding a reset in US-Russia relations is taking form in his pick of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ExxonMobil. Mr. Tillerson is an appointment that aligns with the President-elect’s geopolitical beliefs and tendencies. Mr. Trump has spoken of an “America First” foreign policy, but that…

President-elect Donald J. Trump

Well, Unfortunately, real life has gotten in the way of me writing this fall, but that’s about to change! If you have read the first several blogs on this site, then you already know my feelings of a Donald Trump presidency as it pertains to US foreign policy and influence in the world. Judging by…

Putin’s View of the 2016 US Presidential Election

A recent development in the 2016 US presidential election was the recent Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee email servers. The timing of the hacking and release by WikiLeaks is not a coincidence and is a Russian attempt at influencing the American electoral process. If you asked Donald Trump about any financial or political ties he or his campaign staff have with…

Donald Trump vs. GOP Foreign Policy Establishment (Part Two)

Alliances In continuing the blog series on Donald Trump’s foreign policy and its danger to the United States at home and abroad, this article discusses his position on long time US alliances and his plans to overhaul these relationships for the worse. Let’s discuss! East Asian Alliances The US alliance with Japan begun during the post-World War…

Donald Trump vs. GOP Foreign Policy Establishment (Part One)

On March 2nd, 2016, 121 Republican national security experts penned an open letter opposing the GOP nomination of Donald Trump. The letter is short and concise but truly captures the emotions of many foreign policy practitioners, writers, and connoisseurs. Some of their objections included the following: “…His advocacy for aggressively waging trade wars is a recipe for…