Can the Pivot to Asia Survive a Trump Presidency?

January 20, 2017

Obama leaves a mixed legacy in the Asia Pacific. A Trump administration may reverse much of it. Presidential transitions are seldom flawless affairs. Yet, by all accounts, Donald J. Trump’s has been a mess. Trump has not taken to the role of president-elect well, either acting as if the...

The Coming Uncertainty: US-Southeast Asia Relations in the Age of Trump

January 19, 2017

With President-elect Donald Trump taking office, the possibility of a declining US commitment to Southeast Asia has become a concern. This year will kick-start with, arguably, one of the highest-profile news stories in modern history: the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the...

Wait, So Hillary Didn’t Win?

January 05, 2017

How nice it would be to continue pretending that Trump didn't win in November. Two days before the November elections, Elizabeth Moreno was driving to the Democratic Party headquarters in Manassas to pick up a list of addresses. She was planning to spend another day of canvassing to get out the...

How America Became a Superpower

November 25, 2016

Historic tensions between expansionism and isolationism continue to America’s role in the world. The United States of America is the most powerful country in human history. Responsible for nearly 40% of the world’s military spending, America’s era of global dominance has coincided with...

The Republican Party Beyond Trump

November 07, 2016

The Trump phenomenon is about much more than Donald Trump. The world’s eyes are on Donald Trump, but something much more profound is going on in America. The maverick Republican presidential nominee is but a symptom of a schism within the party sure to remain unresolved after the election....