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U.S. Space Policy and Strategic Culture

The United States has a consistent Strategic Culture, centered on a sense of exceptionalism, values-driven foreign policy, casualty aversion, as well as strong leadership. These features reflect in...

Countering Iraq’s Anti-Shelter Policy in the Islamic State Era

Moments of catastrophe that destroy communities often provide opportunities to rebuild them to be more resilient to preexisting harms. The challenge lies in spotting and seizing those opportunities....

Empire in Denial: Undermining Afghanistan’s Statebuilding Process

For almost 20 years, the U.S. and its international allies have maintained a presence in Afghanistan with attempts to rebuild the country coming in fits and starts. Here, Adam Simpson argues for a...

Preparing for a Data-Driven Revolution in Liberia

Data openness iss a guarantor of government accountability and supports an informed citizenry-- both central to the development of democratic governance. Olivier Alais and Daniel...

Turkey and the U.S. on the Brink in Syria

The repeated failure of the peace process in Syria underlines how far apart those involved are on reaching a solution. Turkey has proven particularly ambivalent, focused instead on ...

Romania’s Struggles: Between Democratic Training Wheels and Victimhood Citizenship

Romania's democracy has been faltering in the last few years. The country has been struggling to shed off its communist history and has seen protest after protest in the last few years as the youth...

Afghans Look to Trump for Protection

Devastating attacks rocked Kabul this month, killing over a hundred people and raising concerns over a resurgent Taliban. Repeated failures by the national government, Camelia Entekhabifard...

Repealing the Debt Sentence for Puerto Rico

On top of post-hurricane destruction, outstanding debt and poor climate resilience leaves Puerto Rico in danger of spiraling deeper into economic stagnation. While talks to restructure the...

Damming Developments on the Nile

Water scarcity and widespread underdevelopment have bred popular unrest in the Nile Basin. As riparian states increase their reliance on Nile resources, Panagiotis Skiadas argues that ...

A New Deal for Japan's Foreign Workers

In this essay, Dhriti Mehta analyzes the employment-social protection relationship in Japan in the context of the structure and function of the Welfare State, explores Japanese government’s policies...

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