The U.S.-Mexican relationship is at an important crossroads. Congress is debating the issue of immigration reform. New developments in the war on drugs have prompted questions about cooperation with Mexico. President Peña Nieto has adopted a plan for reform that provides the United States an opportunity to support its southern neighbor and solidify relations. At the same time, however, China is busy spreading its own influence in Mexico.
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August 27, 2013
As a pariah state, threatened by much more powerful nations than itself and with weakening ties to its most important allies, North Korea has every reason to want nuclear weapons. The only threats strong enough to compel North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions are either military force or a crushing embargo from China.
August 22, 2013
Another African terror chief is possibly dead—now is not the time to back away from a continent that western nations have largely ignored, and seem to not want to remember. With the hopeful news of the death of Abubakar Shekau, the United States should continue to assist legitimate African Governments in their efforts to combat terrorism across Africa. A continued offensive on behalf of the United States and its African allies would help to contain the spread of terrorism to a few isolated patches in the Middle East, as well as help the US in its larger strategic goals.
August 7, 2013
Despite the unprecedented level of violence in North Korea’s recent rhetoric and actions, a close look at these actions suggest that rather than signaling a new aggressive policy, they follow North Korea’s time honored practice of increasing tensions to extract concessions. North Korea’s unwillingness to take action that will definitely lead to a military response suggests that at present it is uninterested in sparking a major military conflict.
July 24, 2013
Edward Snowden, the contractor who leaked top-secret documents about information tracking techniques used by the NSA, is on the run from the U.S. Government and is seeking asylum in various countries throughout the world. Snowden has received 3 asylum offers and is waiting to hear back from Russia, the country in which he currently is in hiding. Top U.S. Government officials are seeking Snowden’s extradition to the United States in order to prevent more sensitive information from being leaked.