Category Archives: Foreign Affairs and National Security

The Politics of Terrorism: George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama, and the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was a home-schooled third grader about to start her day. Suddenly, my father called my mother and told her to turn on the television. It was after that day that everything changed. … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Ideology: Talking Terror in Contemporary American Politics

In May of 2003, during a Press Conference with President Arroyo of the Philippines, President George W. Bush said of terrorists, “You can’t talk to them; you can’t negotiate with them.” In the wake of the events of September 11, … Continue reading

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The Iranian dilemma, or how to move outside of a rock and a hard place

The 1953 CIA overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh, the 1979 hostage crisis, and Iranian persistence in acquiring a nuclear weapon all point to failed foreign policy vis-à-vis Iran. This less than ideal more than half century of relations has … Continue reading

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The Presidency and the Decline of Mass Movements

By the end of last semester I was completely burnt out. Having spent a large portion of the semester working on my thesis which was not at all related to the Presidency or American politics, it was initially very difficult … Continue reading

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US Nonproliferation Policy in a Changing Middle East

Greetings Presidential Fellows! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading through your posts and am inspired by the work we’ve all undertaken. I look forward to hearing more about your projects this spring. My research over the past year formed a substantial portion … Continue reading

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Inter-Branch Agreement in U.S. Defense Strategy

The defense priorities of the United States government have undergone several stages of development since the start of the new millennium. Over the past few months, I undertook the task of surveying the strategic priorities of the United States as … Continue reading

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Are We All Playing the Same Game?

It’s increasingly clear that the only thing that will redeem the Afghan war effort is cooperation: from local village elites, from local soldiers and police, and from across the border in Pakistan. The war effort centers around the goal of … Continue reading

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The Bush Administration and Afghan Women

When President George W. Bush pronounced on December 12, 2001 that the U.S. was  dedicated to reversing the cruel and oppressive laws and restrictions that the Taliban had imposed upon women in Afghanistan, he gravely underestimated the enormity of the … Continue reading

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Iran and US National Security

Iran has certainly been in the news since I started my research. There has been much discussion of whether or not Israeli will launch a pre-emptive strike. Furthermore, we have seen much diplomatic sparring between Iran and Israel. During the … Continue reading

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A Candid Conversation with the Director of UNDP in Nigeria

Last week, I had the opportunity to interview the Director of UNDP in Nigeria, Dr. Mourtada Deme.  This was the first interview I have conducted for my paper, with many more scheduled for the next few weeks. This interview was … Continue reading

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