Merve Demirel

Merve Demirel is the international law and governance fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). She earned her JD from American University and is an attorney barred in New York with a background in international law and foreign policy. She holds a BA in International Studies and Russian Studies from Macalester College and speaks Turkish and Russian. Her interests include the relationship between domestic policies and international law, as well as the role of international organizations in world affairs.

Will Recent Congressional Actions Have Any Impact on US Foreign Policy?

US Congress isn’t “stepping up” on foreign policy so much as sticking to a decades-old policy status quo. President Donald Trump just signed into law a bill reinforcing sanctions on Russia. And, for a brief time, Congress seemed ready to revisit the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) — a 2001 law that significantly increased the president's war powers. Just recently,... Continue Reading

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President Trump and the Forfeiture of US Leadership

By withdrawing from the very institutions it once helped create, America risks losing its global influence. President Donald Trump recently announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, marking the latest step in his gradual campaign to abdicate America’s traditional role as leader of the free world. In April of 2017, Trump withdrew $32.1... Continue Reading

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