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.

A Bias for Action on Climate Change: An Addendum to the Command’s Planning Guidance for 2020

By Tom Persico The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is its highest-ranking officer. He is responsible for laying out the agenda in the years to come in a publication called the Commandant’s Planning Guidance. The 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps calls for a new fighting model to be a better fighting force…
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Have we done enough to combat racism?

Black lives matter. YPFP unequivocally condemns systemic racism and police brutality, in the United States and around the world. From Minneapolis to Hong Kong, Cairo to Moscow, young people are on the frontlines of protests, fighting generational injustice and demanding a better tomorrow. These young people have been subjected to escalating violence at the hands…
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The Gendered Impact of COVID-19: What Policymakers Can Learn from Gender and Conflict

By Bethan Saunders and Courtney Bale Dunlevie During this global public health crisis, leaders have used conflict-based language to describe the COVID-19 pandemic. From President Trump’s declaration of becoming a “wartime president” to Xi Jinping’s “people’s war,” they have cast the coronavirus as a metaphorical foe to be vanquished. Rhetorical flourishes aside, this public health…
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Against All Odds: Botswana’s Development Wonder

By Timothy Motte Noted by Paul Collier in his seminal work, The Bottom Billion, being landlocked, having bad neighbors, and suffering from a poorly educated population are just some of the obstacles countries face as they develop, and Botswana faces all three. Not only is the country bordered by Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, and Namibia,…
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Delegates of Y7 Summit Call on G7 Leaders for Coordinated COVID-19 Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT MARCH 30, 2020 Christina Kanmaz christina.connelly@ypfp.org Washington, DC – The delegates of the 2020 Y7 Summit, the youth summit which accompanies the G7 Summit, have released their first policy statement calling on the leaders of the G7 countries for a stronger, more coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement,…
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Opening the Window: Reversing Restrictions on Landmines Signals Possible Resurgence in Old Warfare Tool

By Daniel E. White What was once a last millennium weapon has reemerged in the American arsenal. It is not flamethrowers expelling soldiers from the trenches of World War One, nor is it the wanton destruction brought on by Agent Orange during the conflict in Vietnam, it is the weapon that indiscriminately maims children and soldiers alike—landmines. Today, President Trump…
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