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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.

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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Iraq's Elections: Powder Keg or Post-Identity Politics

By Matt Cohen

On May 12, Iraq will hold parliamentary elections and continue its slow march towards normalcy after the devastating fight against ISIS. The election will occur in a fractured political landscape that has the potential to make or break Iraq’s political stability moving forward.

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Friends in High Places: Chinese Diplomacy Succeeds in Nepal

By James Lewis

Nepal, historically aligned with India, has recently shifted its focus to its northern neighbor, China. This diplomatic shift sits at the forefront of the Sino-Indian rivalry and may provide a template for greater Chinese influence in the region.

 

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An Appeal to the Heart, Not Economic Principles

By Philip D. Caldwell

The announcement by the Trump administration to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports has prompted some operators to bring their smelters and foundries back online. Though some factories are reignited, the move will not rescue communities leveled by globalization. Instead of fixing America’s trade deficits, the tariffs will breed global resentment and have far-reaching consequences.

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Honor and Sacrifice: The Cultural Context of Afghan Suicide Bombers

By Andrew McIndoe

As suicide bombings by Taliban and Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan continue relentlessly, a new book suggests that analyzing the synthesis of Pashtun tradition and Islamic ideas of martyrdom can help us understand such attacks.

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Afrin: A Mess of American Making

By Matt Cohen

In northwestern Syria, the small Kurdish enclave of Afrin is quickly becoming the setting of an international showdown between the United States and Turkey. The prospect of such a faceoff has been speculated on since the territorial degradation of ISIS given the need to both secure liberated ISIS territory and support the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), one of the most effective anti-ISIS forces. But it was the U.S. announcement of a 30,000-person Border Security Force, dominated by the Kurdish YPG, that initiated Turkish aggression and placed the two NATO allies on a collision course.

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Globalization is the Scapegoat Not the Sin

By Joe Losavio

If the elections of 2016 taught us anything it is that there is widespread agreement on the cause of society’s ills: Globalization. 

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The Blogs of War

By James Lewis

Social media has forever changed the nature of coup d’états. 

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