US foreign affairs and the North American neighbourhood

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    For many undocumented migrants at the US-Mexico border, in the absence of federal government help, faith groups offer the only hope

For many undocumented migrants at the US-Mexico border, in the absence of federal government help, faith groups offer the only hope

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Despite the change of administration to one with far more aggressive rhetoric against Mexicans wishing to come to the US, for those at the border, policies have not changed, only intensified. Susannah Crockford writes that at a time when the federal government offers no help, religious faith groups are supporting undocumented migrants at the border with humanitarian aid and […]

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    Like most Americans, Trump is ignorant of the truth about Puerto Rico

Like most Americans, Trump is ignorant of the truth about Puerto Rico

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In the past week, President Trump has been criticized for what has been seen by many as his slow response to the disaster in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and for his comments about the costs of that disaster relief. Lorrin Thomas writes that Trump’s clueless response should be seen in light of the US’s historic relationship with Puerto […]

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    Bicentenary celebrations of Latin American independence obscure the complex realities of the birth of nations

Bicentenary celebrations of Latin American independence obscure the complex realities of the birth of nations

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The inevitable human complexities of history should not be seen as skeletons in our collective closet. They bring us closer to a real understanding of how we became the people and peoples that we are today, writes Gregorio Alonso.

All nations draw legitimacy and status from invented traditions, and Latin American republics are no exception. For over a decade, a host of conferences, […]

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    Nuclear weapons dominate North Korea’s foreign and domestic policy; diplomatic engagement is the only way to encourage regime change.

Nuclear weapons dominate North Korea’s foreign and domestic policy; diplomatic engagement is the only way to encourage regime change.

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Recent months have seen rising rhetoric between Washington DC and Pyongyang over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. But why is the North Korean regime so keen on developing such weapons? Vuk Vuksanovic argues that for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un nuclear weapons act as a deterrent to international intervention, an instrument of foreign policy, and as a way of […]

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    Trump’s return to ‘drug war’ rhetoric is unlikely to succeed in a region that has largely rejected its effectiveness

Trump’s return to ‘drug war’ rhetoric is unlikely to succeed in a region that has largely rejected its effectiveness

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Under Donald Trump, US federal drug policy has undergone a fairly dramatic reversal. The Obama administration’s criticisms of the ‘war on drugs’ are gone, replaced by a seeming return to eradication policies in key drug producer countries. John Collins, Executive Director of the US Centre’s International Drug Policy Unit, writes that the Trump administration’s return to unilateral aggressive supply […]

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    Trump’s transgender ban reminds us that the US military does not float above politics

Trump’s transgender ban reminds us that the US military does not float above politics

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In July, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that transgendered individuals would no longer be allowed to serve in the US military. Thomas Crosbie writes that there is no justifiable reason to exclude the transgendered from the military and such an order ignores its tradition of progressive politics. He argues that in matters such as this, the military should […]

How drones are gamifying war in America’s casino capital

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In the 21st century the use of drones has blurred the lines between civilian and military. Joseph Pugliese writes that not only do drone operations increasingly resemble computer games, the location of drone centers within cities like Las Vegas means that their pilots often invoke casino gambling metaphors as they consider their targets.

Over the last decade, the US government […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.6: Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.6: Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future

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The current US president is not the first American leader to use inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos and push anti-immigration policies, but Donald Trump’s presidency has certainly brought these issue to the forefront of American politics. This episode we’re diving into the fear, resentment, and history behind racism towards Latinos, and in doing so, we’ll see that this is far […]

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    Book Review: Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization by Margaret E. Peters

Book Review: Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization by Margaret E. Peters

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In Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization, Margaret E. Peters explores how freer international trade has led to more restrictive immigration policies around the world. While questioning some elements of its structure and style, Paul Caruana-Galizia nonetheless welcomes this as a timely and well-researched study that offers valuable insight into the trade-offs between free trade and immigration. 

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    Book Review: Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other by Mugambi Jouet

Book Review: Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other by Mugambi Jouet

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In Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other, Mugambi Jouet offers a fresh contribution to the literature on US exceptionalism by exploring the divisions within US society over a range of key issues, including welfare, economic inequality, the justice system and foreign policy. Drawing on key facts and figures, Jouet presents an engaging analysis of the fundamental […]

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