Category Archives: American Foreign Policy

Obama’s strategy to destroy ISIS


In a televised address to the American people on Wednesday night President Obama outlined his grand strategy to combat ISIS. How comprehensive a strategy is it and what does it mean both for the region and those countries, like the … Continue reading

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The perils of debating US Foreign Policy


What does the third and final US Presidential debate tell us about US foreign policy priorities for the next four years? Probably not much, given that both candidates tried their darndest to use the debate to air disagreements over the economy. … Continue reading

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US Foreign Policy and the Niebuhrian Needle


Later next month the US electorate goes to the polls to vote in the Presidential elections. With high unemployment and anaemic economic growth foreign policy is unlikely to be a major influencing factor in the way Americans vote. For the … Continue reading

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The end of the 9/11 Era


Tuesday marked the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. Unlike previous years, this year’s memorial ceremony held at Ground Zero placed the relatives of those who lost loved ones center stage. Politicians were in attendance, but they played no formal role in the proceedings. … Continue reading

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What if I take my problems to the United Nations?


When G. W. Bush beat Al Gore in the race to the White House, few questioned the idea that the world was unipolar or that the US would remain dominant for decades to come. Ten years on the situation looks … Continue reading

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Power, Violence and Democracy Post 9/11


With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 fast approaching I’ve been reviewing some of the reports I wrote or assisted in producing for the Church as it grappled with the repercussions of that fateful day.  This is not an exercise in nostalgia … Continue reading

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Lessons for Europe: The US and International Religious Freedom


Those pressing for the EU to pay greater attention to the issue of Christian persecution overseas often cite the US as a model of best practice. Reference is usually made to the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act which created, amongst other things, an Ambassador-at-Large for … Continue reading

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