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.

The US, Europe, and the Erosion of Liberal Democracy

By Colin Wolfgang

In an impromptu press conference held following the NATO summit, President Trump announced that NATO members had agreed to an increase in defense spending, up to 4 percent of GDP. Over the next several hours, NATO aides told reporters that this was false before French President Macron said on the record at a press conference that no such agreement had been made. The discord could not be more stark: this decades-old western alliance was on unstable ground.

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Time Is Running Out For Venezuela

This article was originally posted in Political Insights.

By Claudia A. Gonzalez 

Nicolas Maduro’s re-election as Venezuela’s President brings with it a bleak outlook for the country but with it comes the opportunity for the international community to take action. Claudia A. Gonzalez explains how.

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The United States Is Being Played

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

American power is dissipating. Matthew Edwin Carpenter explains why.

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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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