The United States has set its sights on the Arctic as an emerging region of importance for US national security. In the past two years alone, the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard have all updated their Arctic strategies. High-level Trump administration officials like former National Security […]
Author: Chris Riehl
Chris Riehl earned a Master of International Affairs degree from George Washington University and a BA in international affairs and history from Western Kentucky University. He formerly wrote for GW’s International Affairs Review, and his graduate work has appeared in Tufts University, Columbia University, George Washington University, and Johns Hopkins University publications. He is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.
Introduction According to Bill Zartman, power is defined as the “ability by one party to move another in an intended direction.”Power relates to physical force, but many aspects of power move beyond force. Weaker parties often form coalitions, appeal to public opinion, use principles and morality, and leverage other strategies to build their power. When parties […]
Is Russia resurgent? Some Kremlinologists would respond “yes” after its saber-rattling over Ukraine, transnational cyberattacks, and nuclear weapon modernizations over the past few years. In January, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul wrote in Foreign Affairs that U.S. citizens “wrongly assume” Russia is a declining power and that we should “contain” it because it “has more […]
Americans face a broad array of challenges at home and abroad. The physical, economic, and social effects of climate change; the dislocations caused by human migration; the health and economic consequences of pandemic and infectious disease; the impacts of globalization; and the increasing scarcity of natural resources, are a few of the most obvious. It’s […]
We are excited to announce that our 40.2 issue, The Revolution Will Be Televised: A Decade of Global Protest, is now available on Project Muse. This issue examines more than the fundamental social and political reasons behind protest movements; it studies the intersection of time, place, and audience and how these factors influence the development […]
The White House declassified one of its most sensitive operational policies, the “U.S. strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific,” as part of the final maneuvers of Donald Trump’s presidency in early January 2021. That decision bewildered diplomats, policymakers, and scholars at home and abroad. After all, it was not only a mystery as to why this national security document […]
If contention describes a state of sustained, massive protest combining peaceful, disruptive, and violent tactics, then the decade of the 2010s may be considered the most contentious in Chile’s history. The decade’s contentious dynamics seem more spectacular and unpredictable considering Chilean citizens’ previous feeble collective action. Chile transitioned to democracy in 1990 following a long and […]
With the new presidential administration in the United States, numerous articles have been published which suggest initiatives for the Biden administration, including from such Washington institutions as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Foreign Policy magazine. Many innovative and sound policy ideas are found in these pages. But by examining Africa policy in […]
In the waning days of Hong Kong’s 2014 student-lead Umbrella Movement, a hanging black banner read a prophetic message: We’ll Be Back. In 2019, those words came to fruition. The controversial introduction of a proposed extradition bill, allowing individuals in Hong Kong to face trial in Mainland Chinese courts, rocked the city and drew hundreds […]
In her book, Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West, former British investigative journalist Catherine Belton argues that the former KGB officer is determined to continue the Cold War in order to crush the West. The article evaluates Belton’s claims and logic on the nature of Putin’s regime.