September 1, 2016 |
When Allies Become Enemies (Before the War is Over), Obama’s ISIS Plan Has Another Problem
The U.S. wanted Turkish and Kurdish fighters to fight, but not fight each other. Now the administration is scrambling to keep local allies with their own interests focused on America's goal: defeating ISIS.
August 29, 2016 |
A Transatlantic Strategy for Russia
Crafting a transatlantic approach in response to Russia’s aggressive behavior over the last two years hasn’t been easy. European countries continue to differ on the degree to which the West should pursue punitive measures. Some countries, particularly those closer to Russia’s borders, have advocated for more assertive and robust policies. Others are at least sympathetic to Russia’s argument that the speed with which the West enlarged both NATO and the EU is in part to blame for the rising tensions. Washington has also been divided on how best to craft a new grand strategy for Russia. It is therefore with considerable pride that policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic have managed to put together and maintain a series of steps aimed at shaping future Russian behavior and reassuring partners in the region...
August 22, 2016 |
“It’s like a baptismal”: Prison tattoo removal gives ex-offenders a chance at a new life
"Ex-offenders pay a high price for their body art. Tattoos could brand them for life, hurting their prospects to find jobs, stay out of prison and even mend family ties. But with tattoo removal procedures costing hundreds or thousands of dollars, few former inmates have the resources to escape the visible markings of their criminal life. That’s given rise to tattoo removal programs for inmates and ex-convicts across the US. They’re proving so popular, the number of these programs has exploded—and even so, are still struggling to keep up with demand."
August 4, 2016 |
The State of the States on Naturalization: Highlights from California, Illinois, and Washington
An estimated 8.8 million U.S. residents who are not citizens are eligible to naturalize, based on the latest available data from 2013, but between 2009 and 2015 only about700,000 did so each year. Even though the number of eligible people has been risingover the past several years, naturalization rates in the U.S. are low when compared to similar immigrant-receiving countries like Australia and Canada. Research has shown that naturalization can have a positive impact on tax revenues, home ownership rates, earnings, and even the overall economy. A number of factors, such as the English language requirement and cost for the application, dissuade many people from taking the step...
August 3, 2016 |
What I learned from my son who couldn’t speak
When I had my second child, I thought I’d be more laid-back than I was with my first child. And for a while, I was. Baby No. 2 nursed beautifully. He slept beautifully. He crawled at 9 months. And not long after crawling, he walked, then ran. He hit all of his milestones right on time. All but one. For nearly two years, my son didn’t talk...
July 13, 2016 |
The Muslim Silence on Gay Rights
An Afghan-American Muslim walks into a gay club in Florida on Latin night during Pride Month. In my dreams, that is the beginning of another great story of remix, tolerance and coexistence that is possible only in America. In reality, it’s the start of a nightmare massacre fueled by hatred and perpetrated by a man from a group already scarred by a generation of suspicion and surveillance.
July 8, 2016 |
Georgetown Alumni Excel in German Fellowship Program
Since 1984, the Robert Bosch Fellowship (link is external) program has selected 15-20 Americans each year to work at German institutions in various fields. The program is fully funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (link is external), one of the largest foundations in Germany, and seeks to promote German-U.S. relations through an exchange of ideas and an intercultural immersion. Now in its 32nd year, the program has had many Hoya participants, with 51 Hoyas counting themselves as alumni of the program, or "Boschies." Alumni Miranda Gardiner (C'01) and Todd Williamson (G'07) are part of this year's group of fellows.
June 24, 2016 |
Brexit and Free Trade
Amid the ongoing turmoil and fallout from the June 23 UK referendum in which British citizens voted to leave the European Union, it is easy to overlook that in addition to emotional reasons on issues like migration, some in the “Leave” camp made more important economic arguments.
June 21, 2016 |
How To Talk Your Friends And Loved Ones Out Of Supporting Donald Trump
A lot of people don’t think Donald Trump would be a good president. In fact, his disapproval ratings have been at historically high levels for a major-party presidential nominee for a while now, and seem to be rising as he bulldogs his way into controversy after controversy...
February 18, 2016 |
Could Germany’s attempt to ban neo-Nazis backfire?
At the end of January, Germany’s neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) introduced a bill in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s parliament to fine or throw in prison every foreigner who enters the state without the proper paperwork. The proposal was the latest in a long line of inflammatory proposals the NPD has put forth since it gained seats in the state’s parliament in 2006. Like every other NPD proposal, it was voted down.
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February 10, 2016 |
Afghanistan: A Difficult Year Ahead
Afghanistan will confront and challenge Germany in the coming year. It will require close collaboration between the United States and Germany as well as the coalition allies, as the ability of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to secure the country against the return of the Taliban promises to be an uphill battle. With the stakes high, the ability to succeed in their efforts to stabilize Afghanistan is unfortunately far from assured. As deputy command of the Resolute Support Mission (RSM), the need for Germany to work in tandem with the United States has never been as important.