Demanding Better: A Just Vision for US-Iran Relations (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Sahand Yazdanyar, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow Iran may be the most sanctioned country in history and is currently the nation that the U.S. imposes heavily targeted sanctions against the most. The United States placed sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran ten days after Iranian students seized the American Embassy in Tehran in […]

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Victory Without Battle: A Smarter Vision for US-Taiwan Policy (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Zachary Yost, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow American leaders, policy makers, and the public at large are invested in the continued de facto independence of Taiwan. These reasons vary, ranging from strategic power projection concerns in East Asia, to historical ties and deeply felt moral obligations to defend democracies against totalitarian governments. Setting aside […]

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Restoring War Powers: Repealing the 2001 AUMF (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Victoria Emerson, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the United States Congress enacted the Authorization for Use of Military Force (2001 AUMF; P.L. 107-40; 50 U.S.C. §1541 note) to enable the use of military force against those thought to be the perpetrators and supporters of the attacks. Since October […]

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Why Sanctions Aren’t Working (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Adam DuBard, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow Even as the U.S. continues to levy sanctions with increasing frequency, the results are clear. Economic sanctions are simply not working. Policymakers utilize sanctions to portray themselves as crusaders fighting to punish bad actors, while their actions work against American interests. With years of evidence, American sanctions […]

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From Retribution to Re-engagement: A New Framework for US-Cuban Relations (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Jaime Vazquez, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow Both the United States and Cuba face a crossroads for determining how to preserve their interests and influence in a 21st century Western Hemisphere. Confronting an uneasy populace and economic crisis induced by the global coronavirus pandemic, U.S. sanctions and Cuba’s own mismanagement of its economy have […]

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Suits Before Boots: Diplomacy Over Militarism in Somalia (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Emma Sanderson, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow American foreign policy in Somalia has failed. For years the United States has been entrenched in a counterterrorism campaign against al-Shabaab, Somalia’s most prominent militant group. Today, the U.S. war in Somalia offers a clear example of what happens when Washington leads with its military despite mounting […]

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Reevaluating the US-EU Defense Relationship (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Rylee Boyd, Fall 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow The current state of U.S.-European Union (EU) defense relations is unproductive and detrimental to both U.S. and EU interests. The U.S. is spending too much time and money on enhancing European continental security, to little benefit of its own. The EU is unable and unwilling to muster […]

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Economic Statecraft and U.S.-China Strategy (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Margarita Valkovskaya, Spring 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow In the last ten years, a hawkish view on China among U.S. foreign policymakers has replaced the counter-terrorism national security paradigm, with a renewed focus on great power competition in the emerging and critical technology space. A prior view positioned China as a developing economy whose inclusion […]

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Charting a Progressive China Policy for the 21st Century (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Ismaila Whittier, Spring 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow The United States is facing a geopolitical dilemma that will force overdue reevaluations of its grand strategy regarding U.S.-China relations. Initial ideas of reforming China and molding the country into a cooperative member of a global framework of liberal democracies have failed and miserably so. As tensions […]

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Rethinking Iran: Restraint Through Reconciliation (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Scott McCann, Spring 2021 Marcellus Policy Fellow In 1980, President Jimmy Carter stated the flow of Persian Gulf oil was a vital U.S. interest and that Washington would use “any means necessary, including military force” to protect it. The statement became known as the Carter Doctrine. The U.S. has been engaged in the region […]

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