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.

Failure in Hanoi: What Happened and What’s Next

By Andy Laub Despite the fanfare leading up to the second U.S.-North Korea summit, President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un did not make it past lunch on the second day of negotiations. Instead, President Trump left early due to his belief that they were going to strike a bad deal, noting, “Sometimes you…
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Venezuela’s Immigration Crisis: An Update from the Colombia/Venezuela Border

By Michael Berman Facing severe inflation, food shortages and a collapsing economy, over 3.6 million Venezuelans have fled the country. And according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), by the end of 2019, this will climb to 5.4 million.  Colombia, which shares a 1,400-mile border with Venezuela, has received the lion’s share of migrants…
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Hidden Dangers: The Perils of U.S. Withdrawal from the INF

By Jigar Khatri Due to an ever-expanding list of daily political scandals, it is easy to miss the greater significance of a specific event. For instance, in February, the Trump administration announced its withdrawal from the foundational 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The reason given for withdrawing from this landmark agreement was the Russian deploying of illegal land-based…
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A Delicate Situation: How Tumult in Venezuela Threatens a Continent

By Colin Wolfgang On Jan. 23, the United States joined a number of countries in recognizing Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as its interim president. Within hours, Nicolas Maduro responded by severing diplomatic ties with the United States and announcing a 30-day window for the country to withdraw its diplomats. While the United States and Maduro have agreed…
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Year End Reading List

As 2018 comes to a close, YPFP NY’s staff shares some of their favorite reads of the year: 1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink By Taylor Downing A gripping account of how close the world came to nuclear catastrophe through misunderstandings and a climate of heightened suspicions. Code Girls By Liza Mundy…
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Lessons from a President: George H.W. Bush’s Response to the Invasion of Kuwait

By Philip D. Caldwell As we remember the amazing life of President George H.W. Bush, perhaps lessons can be learned from the way he handled decision-making and managed his National Security Council (NSC) during one of the most precarious and defining episodes of his presidency. On Aug. 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein ordered an invasion of…
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