Zach Shapiro is a senior majoring in international relations and an Op-Ed Contributing Writer. He can be reached at [email protected]

Op-ed: Anatomy of a foreign policy

It’s a good thing the Obama Doctrine can only fall so short before January 20, 2017. But just under a year gives the President plenty of time for more mistakes. In Syria, ISIS consolidates power as Russia beefs up its military presence and regional influence. Not long ago, the Obama administration pursued negotiations with an […]

U.S.-Saudi Relations: What’s Next?

As the president’s term slowly approaches its end, some call U.S.-Iran relations the most urgent of the Obama Administration’s shortcomings. The Saudi government has been exceedingly critical. Saudi complaints make sense, especially given the reality that they are directly threatened by Iran’s hegemonic rise. As such, the uncertain Saudi future will greatly impact regional dynamics. […]

For candidates and voters alike, a foreign policy must-read

The Obama years have borne witness to more than their share of books on foreign policy strategy. Standouts particularly worth applause are Bret Stephens’ “America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder” (2014) and Vali Nasr’s “The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat”(2013). Yet Eurasia Group founder and president, Ian Bremmer, sets […]

The great debate

In both Democratic and Republican debates thus far, some candidates have already given impressive and eloquent monologues on key issues. I call these West Wing (1999-2006) moments. These distinctive scenes are inspired by the words of President Josiah Bartlet himself, who, in the series’ fourth season, spars for re-election. In private conversation with his opponent, […]

Give Graham a shot

For a Republican primary debate, last week wasn’t much of a show. Suffice to say it was far from the most interesting debate. Perhaps it represents the broader staleness of the Republican primaries, despite many claims that the race has never been so unpredictable and exciting. Either way, some rightly remain horrified as two zany […]

For many, a debate to forget

Last week, America got its first look at the debating chops of the Democratic candidates. While Governor Mike Huckabee ranted on Twitter, Bernie Sanders raved, and Lincoln Chafee finally opened his mouth. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the clear winner, while Senator Chafee and Governor Martin O’Malley fell short. Senator Sanders underwhelmed while Senator […]

The rhetoric problem

With 13 months to go before the 2016 election, silly season is in full throttle. Demagogues on both sides of the aisle command significant support despite offering few — if any — nuanced policy positions. Many have observed that some Republican candidates remain indistinguishable. The sad truth is that, with regard to foreign policy, this skeptical plurality […]

For Israelis, a special St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 is a special day not only to the Irish, but also to Israelis. I say so because come March 17, Israelis will go to the polls to select their new government. Though I generally wish the Israeli right wing wielded less power, Israeli elections are pretty fun on the whole. The […]

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Qatar’s got a brand new bag

It has only been a hobby for a few years, but I can’t stop following soccer. It makes for a lot of fun when it overlaps with Middle East politics. It seems they have found a strange intersection in Qatar. Otherwise known as the beautiful game, soccer now plays a key role in the new […]

Egypt, four years later

2015 has already been an interesting year for late-night comedy. I’m not talking about the end of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, though I will miss them. I’m talking about Jon Stewart’s lesser-known counterpart, Bassem Youssef. Originally a doctor, Youssef rose to prominence after a web series he and his friends made when the […]