Obama: Leading from behind on Syria

The Syrian leader is out of options and out of friends and it seems it is only now that the Obama administration is talking tough on Syria. Obama has made America’s first explicit call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign, five months after what has been seen as “calibrated diplomacy”, including rounds of increasingly […]

U.S. Credit Rating: American Hegemony in Decline?

Standard and Poor’s (S&P) have reduced America’s sovereign credit rating from AAA to AA+. The rating puts the U.S. on par with Kuwait and Taiwan. America’s $14.3 trillion debt makes “the world’s richest nation” a worse credit risk than Australia, Germany, Britain and the Isle of Man. The downgrade followed the biggest weekly selloff in […]

Arab Spring Refugees: the Cost of War

Arab Spring Refugees: the Cost of War

As a result of the uprisings occurring in the Middle East, large populations of internally displaced persons (IDP’s) have been created inside of those countries, as well as great numbers of refugees fleeing to bordering countries. This has consequences for a region with already existing refugee populations, notably the more than one million Iraqi refugees […]

Patriot Act: A civil liberties breach or a foreign policy necessity?

Patriot Act: A civil liberties breach or a foreign policy necessity?

U.S. President Barrack Obama signed an extension to H.R. 2975, an Act to Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (2001), known as the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was put in place following the September 2001 attacks on America. The provisions expanded the abilities of law-enforcement officials to conduct surveillance of […]