Emerging Voices

Foreign policy perspectives from the next generation.

Emerging Voices is a foreign policy blog written by YPFP New York members. It provides an opportunity for members to contribute 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.

Learning from Climate Strikers: How to Increase Popular Engagement in International Relations

By Jennifer Zhang The foreign policy community puts out thousands of reports and position papers each year. Yet, these publications often receive little attention outside of diplomatic circles and vanish into a vortex of briefings and communiqués whose recommendations are rarely carried out.  Reasons for low engagement This lack of interest can potentially be traced to the steep…
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Taking a Look at the Financials: How to Solve the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen

By Pierrepont Johnson Mark Lowcock, the humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator for the United Nations, is tired of sounding like a broken record during his monthly Security Council briefings. Every month, I update the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. Today marks my fifteenth briefing and the thirty-sixth you will have heard since…
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TAM and Uncle Sam: How U.S. Immigration Policy Has Enabled MLS Transfers

By Christian Araos Though they are not the first to come to mind, athletes are skilled laborers anytime immigration is discussed. When it comes to pitchers, point guards or programmers, the United States thinks of them all in the same way, as a way to ply your trade. This has always been the case—except for…
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The Rise of Populism: Germany’s Far-Right AfD and the EU Elections

By Kaitlin Drape When the EU Parliamentary elections took place on May 23, they took place in a different environment than those of the previous elections. With the growth of populist rhetoric and far-right-wing parties across Europe, the election served as a sign of things to come. Right-wing parties in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Finland,…
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Eliminating Global Threats: The Difficulties of Reducing Foreign Terrorist Fighters

By Robert Kang On March 22, 2019, the Trump administration announced the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Sarah Sanders, White House spokeswoman, briefed the press on the president’s planned withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. She went on to claim that the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had driven…
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The Twitter Revolution: Its Importance for Information and Activism

By Moisés A. Cabrera In 2006, a group of young software programmers from a company called Odeo created a revolutionary online platform that would become known as Twitter. Even though it started as a simple group messaging service, its purpose soon evolved. And after being opened to the public in 2007, the programmers soon recognized…
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