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The world just got more complicated

The new U.S. president will have his hands full abroad, and even more so at home. How Israel fits in is an open question. The first week of 2021 foreshadowed serious problems for the U.S. during the rest of the new year. On January 20th, Joe Biden will become president of the U.S., and, due…

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From Relativism to Absolutism

A review of Power and Purity: The Unholy Marriage that Spawned America’s Social Justice Warriors, by Mark T. Mitchell This article was originally published in the Winter 2020/2021 edition of The European Conservative. In recent years, the American Left has abandoned its trademark relativism and seemingly re-embraced absolutism. This has taken the form of a…

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Is Biden’s Team Rooting for Red China?

What if the real winner of November’s presidential election was Red China? China apparently sees it that way. Its Global Times mouthpiece rejoiced that Joe Biden had selected “a group of ‘elites’” who would be “very ‘predictable’ in foreign policy with a multilateral mind-set.” A prominent Chinese professor, in a now-purged speech, lamented China’s loss of influence during Donald Trump’s presidency –…

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Port of Shanghai

Chinese Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Global Threat

This paper was written by John Y. for the course on Geography and Strategy (IWP 634). John is a federal employee at the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Fiscal Service. John served over 4 years in the Regular Army as an Infantry and Signal Officer for the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI. The…

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Turkey and Germany

Turkish Influence and Intelligence Operations in Germany

This paper was written by James Cory for IWP’s course on Geography and Strategy (IWP 634). James Cory is a first-year student at The Institute of World Politics studying international relations.  Turkey’s role in the political landscape in Europe is of paramount importance. Sitting astride a land mass larger than Texas, and with a population…

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On Taiwan: China’s 2021 demands

The Chinese always test incoming American presidents. George W. Bush had his “EP-3 Hainan Incident” (he announced an US$8 billion arms package for Taiwan); Obama had his “USNS Impeccable” (he ignored it, the Chinese then confronted several other US naval vessels, still nothing; it told them all they needed to know). President-elect Donald Trump had…

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Xi Jinping’s Authoritarian Drive is Following His Predecessors’ Precedents

This article was written by IWP alumnus David Stoffey. If there is a norm in Chinese succession, it’s that nearly every paramount leader strove to retain power indefinitely, with most failing. The U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning Staff recently released a long report on China. Likened to George Kennan’s 1946 “Long Telegram,” the report spells out Foggy Bottom’s foreign…

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Snowden’s no hero

President Trump is embracing the pardon power, cleaning the slates of campaign advisers caught up in the Russia “collusion” investigation as well as Charles Kushner (his son-in-law’s father) and others. Trump is reportedly considering more, and some of his vocal boosters, including Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and newly elected Republican populist Marjorie Taylor…

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Democrats’ path to losing House majority runs through Tehran

Voters are likely to recoil from Biden’s inclination to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal President-elect Joe Biden caving to Iran — again — will put Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on a glidepath to retaking the House. Mr. Biden bluntly blusters, “the last [expletive] thing we need in that part of the world is a buildup of nuclear capability.” Yet,…

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Overcrowded train transferring refugees during the partition of India, 1947

Ethno-Religious Cleansing in India

Parker Sears is pursuing his Master’s degree in Statecraft and International affairs with a specialization in Conflict Prevention. He graduated from Assumption College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and History. Parker hopes that his paper will shed light on a region of increasing geopolitical importance and will help peacekeepers prevent…

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