US Foreign Policy

Uparming ‘Little Sparta’: The Impact of Emirati F-35s on Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge and the History of Arab Military Effectiveness

In this post Jack Sargent explores the implications of the US’s intention to sell the F-35 fighter jet to the United Arab Emirates. He argues that this move could present a serious challenge to Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge, despite the fact that similar US deals with Egypt and Saudi Arabia have failed to overcome Israeli dominance in the region. 


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November 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Were the Bahrain-Israel and Israel-UAE agreements historic deals?

In this article, Jeremy Pressman analyses the recent normalisation of relations agreements between Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He places the deals within the wider history of Arab-Israeli relations in the Middle East and compares them to previous diplomatic breakthroughs in the region. Ultimately, he concludes that while the agreements are a modest diplomatic achievement, they […]

September 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|22 Comments|

Troubled Waters: Old Threats in the East China Sea

In recent years, tensions in the South China Sea have dominated security concerns in the Pacific. In this piece, Tenny Kristiana discusses threats in the East China Sea that have slowly but surely been developing in the shadow of its southern counterpart. With close proximity to Mainland China, North and South Korea and Taiwan, Okinawa’s strategic importance has only […]

Controlling the Gulf: US Policy and the Military Incompetence of Imperial Iran and Saudi Arabia

US efforts to secure the vast oil resources of the Persian Gulf exacerbated the military incompetence of Imperial Iran and Saudi Arabia. In this article, by examining the military incompetence of Saudi Arabia in Yemen and Imperial Iran in Dhofar (Oman), Jack Sargent outlines the failure of the US to encourage meaningful reforms.


US engagement with the Persian Gulf in […]

A ‘Successful’ Diplomacy: The US Occupation of Japan, 1945-52

In 1945, USA occupied Japan following the East Asian Empire’s unconditional surrender. This occupation was accompanied with political and social reforms. In this article, Tenny Kristiana examines the diplomatic negotiations between the two nations, and how domestic politics and the evolving international order impacted the creation of a democratic government in Japan.


Diplomacy on a global stage has an extended […]

April 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Donald Trump Didn’t Break American Foreign Policymaking– It’s Been Broken for Decades

Throughout the twentieth century, US Presidents have utilized the National Security Council (NSC) in assisting with foreign and defense policy. However, after President Kennedy brought in outside advisors and informal groups in the 1960s, the system began to deteriorate, leading to an expansive growth of executive power and a major diminishment of the interagency foreign policymaking process. In this […]

March 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Donald Trump is Weak on Foreign Policy – And the Democrats Are Blowing It: A Historical Perspective

At the Democratic Party presidential debate held this month in Ohio, the candidates sparred over topics that have so far defined the campaign: impeachment, the economy, gun safety, immigration, education, income inequality, corruption, the opioid epidemic, and of course, “Medicare for All.”

However, during a debate that lasted nearly three hours, less than 15 minutes was spent tackling foreign policy […]

October 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Ireland and Anglo-American Relations: From the Treaty of Versailles to Brexit

With the clock ticking fast on the UK’s exit from the European Union, LSE’s Pádraig Manning explores the history of American-Irish relations, the impact of the Irish community in the United States on the Good Friday Agreement, and how a possible resurgence of the Irish bloc in America can influence the stalemate over the Irish backstop.


In August, US President […]

October 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

U.S Proxy Warfare: Patterns in Middle Eastern Conflicts     

‘Today, we tell the despotic regime in Saudi Arabia that we will not be part of their military adventurism’, said Senator Bernie Sanders on 13 December 2018, as the Senate voted to end U.S military support for Saudi Arabia’s conflict in Yemen. Despite bipartisan support for this resolution, passing in both the Senate in March and the House just […]

September 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Japanese Immigration and the Dark Prehistory of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban

In this piece, Dr Cees Heere explores the historical precedents of Donald Trump’s recent travel ban. 

Author’s note: I wrote this article in an effort to make sense of the ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States, announced on 27 January 2017. The revised order introduced on 6 March remedies some of the original’s more obvious […]

March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment|