Tag: International Politics

AFRICAN POWDER KEG: CAMEROONIAN CONFLICT AND AFRICAN SECURITY

President Biya continues to preside over Cameroon, a key ally in the West’s fight with ISIS. However, following these recent elections, Cameroonian unrest continues as Biya and the Anglophones keep fighting. As the conflict between the French and English speakers rages, the U.S. has continued to stand by President Biya despite reports of genocide.

STAGNANT CONGRESS, ACTIVE PRESIDENT: KOREAN TALKS CONTINUE

While Congress argues over the border wall, President Trump and Kim Jong-Un are beginning to forge a stronger bond in order to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Despite the gridlock at home Trump proclaims that “This is more than has ever been accomplished with North Korea!”… Is this a new round of false promises or has the President made real headway with the Korean Regime?

IRAQIS SET IRANIAN CONSULATE ABLAZE

On September 7, the citizens of Basra, Iraq, poured into the streets chanting “Iran, out!” while targeting the Iranian consulate with several rockets. These protests have, in fact, been stirring for several months, with this most recent eruption of violence in Basra serving as a microcosm of the issues Iraq, if not the rest of the Middle East, faces as the result of Iranian militarism.

PRESIDENT POROSHENKO SEEKS EUROPEAN “PATRONAGE” IN DONBASS REGION

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced… a new plan to seek European leadership in war-stricken areas of the nation still in government hands… “establishing a kind of patronage by certain countries over certain cities and towns of Donbass, let Germany take responsibility for Kramatorsk, let Greece for Mariupol, let Great Britain for Volnovaha, let other countries take Severodonetsk, Lisichansk, Avdeevka”

IRANIAN RIAL PLUMMETS AMID RENEWED U.S. SANCTIONS

The Iranian rial has seen its value plummet against the dollar this past week amid rumors that the U.S. will impose a new round of economic sanctions in the coming days.  Iranians have scrambled to exchange in their rials for dollars in recent months, not knowing what the future may hold for their economy. These transactions, along with the speculation of sanctions, have caused the currency to see a sharp decline in value year to date.

IRAQ: IRANIAN SUBVERSION AND AMERICAN ENGAGEMENT

With ISIS largely defeated, Iraq has retreated to the periphery of American attention; America and its allies abroad have left Iraq on its own after over a decade of intense involvement.This lack of engagement leaves a power vacuum open for exploitation by Iran, and yes, even a resurgent ISIS. A policy of complete disengagement is not only to the detriment of American interests, but those of its regional allies. The United States must decide whether it will stand idly by as the modest but appreciable gains made by trillions of dollars and the lives of thousands of US service members are swept away by Islamic extremism, or selectively engage in the region to counterbalance growing Iranian influence.

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