All’s Quiet on the German Front

October 7, 2013 --

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Germany has entered a period of navel gazing, limiting the EU’s ability to become a powerful actor on the world stage. Angela Merkel’s recent victory in the German elections reinforced domestic pressures within Germany to remain pacifist. Policy makers should attempt to strengthen ties politically and institutionally with willing EU partners in the short term.

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Trouble with M23

September 21, 2013 --

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The UN crossed a new threshold in moving towards the authorization of offensive force by its troops. While initial results are positive, the US should respect and support international efforts and help in any way possible, thus helping to establish a healthy multi-lateral option to tackle international security concerns, and that can be used as a model in years to come.

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The US Stake in Mexican Energy Reform

September 17, 2013 --

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has recently proposed opening Mexico’s nationalized oil and gas industry to joint ventures with private firms. This potential action, while unpopular with some Mexicans because of its political meaning, will—in the long term—likely prove advantageous for both Mexico and the United States and should be advocated by private and public US organizations.

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At a Crossroads with Mexico

September 10, 2013 --

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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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Why is Syria Different: Two Years Later

August 29, 2013 --

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On December 8th, 2011 I wrote about the Syrian conflict and three reasons why the United States would not intervene like it did in Libya. Almost two years later the conflict in Syria continues to rage with no end in site. This article will take another look at my article from 2011 and how the situation in Syria has changed but mostly stayed the same.

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