Category Foreign Policy

TFS writers discuss the Trump threat to civilian rule, North Korea and other foreign policy issues

When President Harry S. Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War he probably saved the republic from a situation where military men ran roughshod over civilian rule when it came to the prosecution of foreign affairs. Today we face a potentially similar crises as the Trump Administration is filled with military men making […]

Audio: TFS writers discuss President Trump’s Syria attack

In the near future here at TFS we’ll be bringing you a regular podcast that is downloadable on iTunes and Google Play. In the meantime, Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer are recording audio discussions on various topics of interest. Below we have a spirited discussion on Syria and in the coming days we will release […]

Trump’s Syrian gambit – Chance for a grand bargain between great powers?

I’ve always found it ironic that the Republican Party, the great defenders of Christianity have it out for every secular ruler in the Middle East. Those leaders that protect Christians from slaughter and even take them into their Government have been earmarked for eradication time and again by neoconservatives in GOP while alliances with right-wing […]

Donald Trump: Making China the lone global superpower one executive order at a time

Donald Trump’s Climate Change executive order is not only horrible for the environment, but as Damian Carrington in The Guardian correctly points out, it cedes American leadership in the greatest foreign policy matter of this generation to the Chinese.  Climate Change is the single biggest geopolitical issue facing policymakers today and the US has now unilaterally […]

Are major Iran sanctions returning under Trump? One strong indicator says YES

Since Donald Trump ascended to the Presidency he has attempted rhetorically to undermine President Obama and Secretary Kerry’s remarkable achievement in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran and thawing relations that had been moved to a frozen chill by neoconservatives and other American policy makers. It appears based on events in India that Trump’s Administration […]

Democrats need to acknowledge security issues and anxieties before 2018 election

The excesses and arrogance of Donald Trump’s Administration and clownish behavior seem to have made Democrats forget why they lost the 2016 election. White working class voters abandoning the Democrats en masse  were due in large measures to economic concerns – but security issues also played a role. While Trump’s push on this issue might […]

Trump’s foreign policy – lots of bark, little bite

Donald Trump’s tough talk seemingly always leads to controversy. Time and again the bombastic rhetoric of candidate Trump and now  the 45th President has created controversy and global headlines. Trump’s mantra isn’t Rooseveltian at all – speak loudly and carry a little stick. While domestically Trump continues to push an extreme agenda that conflicts with […]