Optimizing the United States–South Korean Alliance: A New Approach to Burden Sharing (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Thaddeaus Webb, Spring 2024 Marcellus Policy Fellow In an era of multipolarity, the United States’ foreign policy faces insolvency. America remains tethered to military commitments across Europe, the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East, and Latin America. Many of these commitments could result in large-scale wars if the United States is faced with enforcing them. The […]

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The Hidden Arsenal: Evaluating WRSA-I’s Legal Framework and Oversight Mechanisms (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Janet Abou-Elias, Spring 2024 Marcellus Policy Fellow The U.S. War Reserve Stockpile Allies- Israel (WRSA-I), situated in Israel, is a reserve of the Department of Defense (DoD) prepositioning equipment accessible for DoD use or transfer to foreign nations. Although typically earmarked for wartime or emergency use, no explicit legal mandate exists for such transfers. […]

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The Future of Sino-Russian Relations from China’s Perspective: Implications for US Policy (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Cindy Zheng, Spring 2024 Marcellus Policy Fellow Under President Xi Jinping, China’s relationship with Russia and President Vladimir Putin, though born out of necessity, has been overshadowed by a cautious overtone on both sides. On April 9th, 2024, Beijing hosted Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov for a visit with President Xi. Some […]

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Deterring Iran Through Integrated Air and Missile Defense (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Rob Schantz, Spring 2024 Marcellus Policy Fellow The Joe Biden Administration does not have an Iran strategy. While the Administration initially tried to revive the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), , these efforts were ultimately unsuccessful and declared “dead” by Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell in December 2023. […]

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Reorienting US- North Korea Diplomacy Away from Denuclearization (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Jay Lee, Spring 2024 Marcellus Policy Fellow The United States is at an impasse with North Korea (officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – or DPRK). To make advancements towards peace in East Asia, it must reorient its foreign policy objectives away from ensuring Pyongyang’s complete denuclearization to one that encourages mutual benefits […]

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Tankers for Tomahawks: An Argument for Restraint with Saudi Arabia (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Dylan Bengard, Spring 2024 Marcellus Policy Fellow The U.S. relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia, or KSA) has long been a cornerstone of its foreign policy in the Middle East. As Riyadh is often seen as a balancer to Iran in the region, the U.S.-Saudi partnership has risen to prominence since […]

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The Future of US-Taliban Relations from a Realist Lens (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Maheen Safian, Fall 2023 Marcellus Policy Fellow The United States must adopt a realist strategy regarding relations with the Taliban government of Afghanistan to advance American security interests in the region. The resurgence of the Taliban as a formidable political force following the failed U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has posed a complex, multifaceted challenge […]

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To Escape the Thucydides Trap, Washington Must Prioritize (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Clay Parham, Fall 2023 Marcellus Policy Fellow More than 2,000 years ago, Greek historian Thucydides suggested that the “rising power of Athens and the fear it brought in Sparta” made the Peloponnesian War inevitable. Popularized by Graham Allison as “Thucydides’ Trap,” this theory of great power transition suggests that when one power rises, war […]

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Blowback: Why Regime Change Catalyzes Anti-Americanism and Why It Won’t Work in a Multipolar World (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Thomas Cunningham, Fall 2023 Marcellus Policy Fellow The actions the United States took during its unipolar moment inadvertently fostered a unified front of anti-Americanism in the Global South. The Cold War-era strategy of covertly intervening in non-aligned and allied countries catalyzed a shift towards multi-alignment and hedging strategies, contributing to the ascent of emerging […]

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Beyond Embargo: Realigning US-Cuba Relations for a Multipolar World (Marcellus Policy Analysis)

By Jack McGrath, Fall 2023 Marcellus Policy Fellow A decade after the Obama Administration embarked on a historic rapprochement with Cuba, relations between Washington and Havana have returned to an impasse. The trade embargo implemented in 1962 is still constricting Cuba’s economy more than sixty years later. The Trump Administration derailed the Obama Administration’s path […]

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