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Emerging Voices: foreign policy perspectives from the NextGen

Emerging Voices serves as a platform for YPFP's New York members, providing an opportunity to contribute foreign policy analysis and help shape the organization’s outlook. We welcome submissions from YPFP NY members and invite you to pitch an article. For submission guidelines click here.

US Foreign Investment Review Process Needs to Reform, But Not Target China

This article was originally posted in Political Insights.

By Christian Honeywood and John M. Zindar

From hyper-high tariffs to new extreme scrutiny for visa-seeking Chinese, the White House, with growing support in Congress, is taking a sledgehammer to transpacific commerce. Christian Honeywood and John Zindar write that singling out China again in new foreign investment rules will only make things worse.

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The Supremacy of the Strait

By James Lewis

Efforts to mitigate the importance of the world’s most important seaway have floundered, and it continues to be a serious military concern. However, it is unlikely to spark a conflict itself.

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Violence Looms in Burundi Ahead of Constitutional Referendum

This article was originally posted in Political Insights

By Katie Dobosz Kenney

Burundi is bracing itself for a constitutional referendum, announced on May 8, 2018 by the country’s ruling party. Katie Dobosz Kenney examines the lead up to the referendum as the bouts of violence in Burundi continue to increase.

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Making Iran Go Ballistic: the U.S. pullout from the JCPOA and its Implications in the Islamic Republic

By Matt Cohen

After withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – better known as the Iran nuclear deal – and re-imposing sanctions, President Trump has unknowingly set Iran on a path which presents a number of negative externalities for the United States.

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YPFP Book Club: "Bitter Fruit"

By Miranda Tomic

At the height of the Cold War, the tiny Central American nation of Guatemala dared to challenge the role of unbridled international capitalism within its borders. In doing so, Guatemala stoked the ire of the United States and triggered a reaction that demonstrated the full range of U.S. military and diplomatic power.        

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Rebranding Jihad: the Case of al-Qaeda in Syria

By Timothy Davis 

While corporations routinely rebrand to increase sales or transition to a new business model, you may be surprised to find that rebranding can be so successful that even terrorist organizations do it.

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A UN Odyssey: In Pursuit of the Confidential Report on North Korea

This article is the first in a series “Essays from the Field,” which documents the professional journeys and accomplishments of YPFP New York members.

By Matthew Edwin Carpenter

My U.N. odyssey began in 2013, working for Japan’s premium media outlet. As a U.N. reporter, I had one mission, the holy grail of U.N. journalism for Japanese media: the yearly confidential report on North Korea.

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YPFP Book Club: The Great Gamble

By Ian Kemp

The Soviet War in Afghanistan is often cast as the penultimate act of the Soviet Union as a superpower. In “The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan,” Gregory Feifer explores this pivotal event but also looks beyond the Cold War and provides insight into both the life of a soldier and the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan just 22 years later.

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Gendering US Foreign Policy in the Gulf

By Liza Kane-Hartnett

Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, recently completed a two week trip in the U.S., touting his reforms, enticing investors, and heralding the close relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. While his reforms are welcome, they do not change the fundamental gender dynamics in the kingdom – a development the U.S. would be smart to encourage.

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