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Effects of the Raid in Yemen: Commiting to Nonviolent National Security

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As the situation in Yemen unfolds and more information comes out, it is clear – Killing the family of “bad guys” just to “collect intelligence” is immoral. We need to Commit to #Nonviolence. How can we justify this kind of action when there are countless other ways to gather intelligence and thwart terrorists? Just because we […]

The Thanksgiving Elephant in the Room!

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This Thanksgiving there will probably be a Turkey in the room- but there might also be an Elephant too. Thanksgiving is traditionally a day spent connecting with families and loved ones. But this past week has been a stressful one for our interactions. People on both side of the political spectrum are processing the results of a […]

A Relational Moment in the Midst of a Bitter Debate

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“Regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?” – Karl Becker, Participant in the Town Hall Presidential Debate of 2016 The second presidential debate was held just days after troubling audio was leaked of Donald Trump making incredibly lewd comments about women.  It was also […]

The Danger of Making the Presidential Debates a Circus

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Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton took the stage on Monday night for the first presidential debate of this election cycle. According to The New York Times’ reporters Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin, the two “clashed over trade, the Iraq war, [Trump’s] refusal to release his tax returns, and [Clinton’s] use of a private email server.” […]

Relational, Transactional… International?

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“Foreign Policy is not about transactions, it’s about relationships.  It’s about predictability.  It’s about reliability […].  Countries are counting on us […and] they’ve got to know that is a rock solid commitment.  If not, they’ll either appease stronger neighbors, like Russia or China, or they’ll go their own way, and they’ll develop their own capabilities, […]