Should the U.S. Negotiate with Terrorists for the Release of Hostages? In January of 2013, the “Masked Brigade” took more than 30 hostages, many of whom were Americans, in an Algerian gas field named Ain Amenas. They demanded the release of Sheikh Omar Abel-Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheik” (Burke 2013). This incident underlined […]
January 29, 2015 -- Logan Dopp
Comments Off on People to Watch: Standing Premier of the People’s Republic of China – Li Keqiang
As the US continues its pivot toward Asia, it must work with and alongside China. Given the information we know about Li Keqiang, we can infer party decisions for programs and departments that are within his sphere of influence. Li Keqiang holds powerful positions in both the state and party bodies allowing his disposition to help shape the future of China.
January 3, 2015 -- Abe Collier
Comments Off on The Hegemon and the Forgotten Continent: East Africa
East Africa is a hotbed of political and economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. It has been a major recipient of aid from the United States, both military and economic, and has also served as an important area for U.S. trade. If the United States can focus its efforts on education, political cooperation, and investment in the area, some of these countries may become its strongest allies.
October 14, 2014 -- Blake Bonar
Comments Off on The Cost of WikiLeaks
Although WikiLeaks purports to merely reveal information for the public’s benefit, further analysis shows that its intentions are not quite that simple. Its revelations help the public very little, if at all, and many of their disclosures risk much more than they offer to the public. Though there has yet to be measurable proof of extreme damage to national security from WikiLeaks, this organization poses considerable danger to national security.
October 2, 2014 -- Michael Fields
Comments Off on The Danger of Foreign Fighters in Syria
The Syrian conflict holds severe long term threats for the United States and its allies. While the most dangerous of these threats may not reveal themselves for years, the fruits of the conflict are already evident in the growth of organizations such as the Islamic State. As foreign fighters from across the world gain combat experience and build personal relationships in Syria, they expand a global network of terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. These individuals will greatly increase the capability of terrorist organizations to conduct operations in countries around the world, especially as they return home.