Diplomacy

Chinese Communist Party Trains African Leaders, Expanding its Influence
Chinese Communist Party Trains African Leaders, Expanding its Influence

China-Africa relations is a case in point where Africa has become a prime testing ground for expanding the political outreach of the Communist Party of China.

Lift the US Travel Ban on North Korea?
Lift the US Travel Ban on North Korea?

The North Korea travel ban is an unfortunate policy that has caused separated families much pain and has prevented humanitarian organizations from operating at their full capacities. However, if we want separated families to be reunited for good—not just for Korean Americans, but for South Koreans and others as well—and for the humanitarian crisis in North Korea to end, we must set our policies to resolve the main problem, not just the symptoms.

The Morality of America’s Iran Policy and the JCPOA
The Morality of America’s Iran Policy and the JCPOA

By focusing on the obvious and immediate moral consequences of the JCPOA versus Trump’s “maximum pressure” approach, though hawkish, the latter of the two appears to have a distinct advantage when assessing overall regional well-being.

America Must Defend Democracy
America Must Defend Democracy

What the Free World built from the rubble of World War II isn’t perfect. But it’s unquestionably better than the alternative being pushed by Xi and Putin—and it’s definitely worth defending.

South Korea Should Expand Free Speech on the Peninsula, Not Reduce It - Baloon Leaflets - Human Rights
South Korea Should Expand Free Speech on the Peninsula, Not Reduce It

A South Korean law that threatens human rights activists with fines of nearly $27,000 or up to three years in prison has prompted international concern about the status of free speech in South Korea and the future of human rights advocacy.

Marksism — No. 43: How to Compete with China and Virtual Reality
Marksism — No. 43: How to Compete with China and Virtual Reality

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss Luke Syrianos’ “Virtual Reality and Christian Politics,” Mark Melton’s “Cold War with China Hits Fashion Industry during H&M Boycott,” Alan Dowd’s “China Takes Aim at the Postwar Order,” and Jimmy Lewis’ “Christians Must Not Be Silent on China’s Human Rights Abuses.”

Will Arab Allies Seize Opportunity to Get COVID-19 Vaccines to Palestinians?
Will Arab Allies Seize Opportunity to Get COVID-19 Vaccines to Palestinians?

Palestine’s regional Arab allies, not Israel, should lead efforts to secure vaccines for the Palestinian population. The current crisis presents an opportunity for Arab countries to build goodwill internationally and support the Palestinian people by providing vaccines to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Ep. 60 | Churchill’s Speech and the Descending Iron Curtain - Sinews of Peace - Fulton - Westminister College - Cold War
Ep. 60 | Churchill’s Speech and the Descending Iron Curtain

On March 5, 1946—75 years ago—Winston Churchill delivered the “Sinews of Peace” at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. “Special relationship” to describe US-UK relations and “Iron Curtain” both become household terms after the speech, and some point to this moment as the official start to the Cold War.

Secretary Antony Blinken and the Battle of Ideas

Few have discussed Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s formative early years of public service prior to joining Biden’s staff, years when our paths crossed.

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