Foreign Policy

Why Education Is A Foreign-Policy Issue

Education is one of the most important forms of business transaction in the world. Sounds harsh, doesn’t it? How can education, which is really the basic need of an individual be the most expensive business transaction in the world? Unfortunately, it is true. Millions of students the world over go to foreign countries in a bid to derive better education than what they would have supposedly gotten in their own countries. The fees that they pay run to debts in billions overall and cost in thousands of dollars for them as individuals. Then, finally, they spend the rest of their lives trying to pay off educational loans that they accumulate during this period. Although today you can even get your English homework done online, still there is a strong need to regulate the spending one does on education.

Why education is a foreign policy issue?

The most important reason why education should be and is a foreign policy issue is that of the number of immigrants that come into a country to seek foreign education. If these immigrants are not given basic access to a good life, it definitely becomes an issue that is to be dealt with the foreign ministry of all the countries involved. Secondly, there is the issue of visas and work permit that becomes very necessary. This again involves the ministry of foreign affairs in every country.

Many countries refuse to provide visas or work permits to students on the basis of their country of origin. Education has always been the most important point of discussion when it comes to political debates over the generation. Plus, with the increasing costs of education comes the question of providing scholarships. Many countries debate on how prudent it is for the government to provide educational subsidies for students coming from other countries vis a vis student from their own country. This again becomes a topic of foreign policy and debates.

Are foreign scholars causing the problem?

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The most important problem that arises, however, from the increase of foreign scholars when it comes to education, and which should be the main area of focus for all foreign policies that are related to education is the problem of racism. Many students who have gone abroad have complained of blatant display of racism by people in the so-called developed countries of the world. And we all know that racism almost equals a crime in certain countries.

To conclude, No one should be allowed to discriminate between people on the basis of their race, creed, caste, gender or any other demographic variable. This is where governments all over the world should come together and create strong educational policies as part of their foreign policy strategy. This will also give governments the mileage that they might need for the upcoming elections in their countries. Students from all over the world, especially those that are studying foreign policy in organisations and universities have started writing dissertations on a topic like education and foreign policy. These students are usually divided into teams for better research and discourse. The dissertation team is then usually made to present papers on such topics, and their opinions are really taken into consideration by most governmental and non-governmental bodies that are related to the field of education in a big way.

 

What Happens to Foreign Policy After Donald Trump?

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Donald Trump has made illogical moves that have changed the foreign policy of the USA for worse, and while some of the people are trying to prevent the damage at the moment, the long-term challenges might be problematic. Dan Byman wrote in Lawfare: “Repair is hard while destruction is easy.” This is something leaders should have in mind because the international policy is important for the economic growth and the national security of one country.

Byman says that “[n]one of Trump’s changes are irreversible,” but he may be wrong. Most of those changes have begun before Trump came into office and while America is burning down its bridges, the rest of the world is not waiting for the 2020 election to see who the next president would be. The US will most likely return to the policy and rhetoric of the mid-2010 when the new president is elected.

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When Trump came into power, we could say that the world was biding its time until his presidency ended, but if that was ever the case, it is not the situation right now. In Saudi Arabia, we have the Sunni-Shia conflict which is becoming more prominent and which Washington is abetting. Meanwhile, France and Germany are coming up with the ideas on defense, whereas the Chinese offer to denominate African countries’ sovereign debt in yuan. And these are just three examples with more on every step.

However, many of these changes are not yet visible according to Dan Drezner. This will become prominent, and in the next two and a half years, other countries of the world will show how they deal with what is going on around them. All of this means that the next US president will face the situations unknown to the American policies. Changes will occur in four categories abroad, and one at home and they are listed below:

• The accelerated weakening of mid-20th-century international institutions.
• The misalignment between the economic needs of the US at home and the focus on the global economic policy.
• The disconnection between the international affairs institutions and the realities of the leading-countries competition.
• The change in how America meets and greets the world.
• The role of values in the American foreign policy.

The accelerated weakening of mid-20th-century international institutions

The organizations which are keeping the international peace have not been at their peak power for a long time. The US is failing to acknowledge that institutions, most of which have been created after the World War II and post-Cold War period are no longer valid.

It would be a challenge for the US to keep good relationships with the EU countries, which are preoccupied with Brexit, the emergence of nativist and illiberal governments in some of the key states and the strengthening of the right. Furthermore, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan established an autocracy, and we are wondering what the purpose of NATO is. What does it mean to “restore” NATO or the G20? Also, the United Nations and Bretton Woods institutions are a mixed bag of function. Their role has been diminished almost completely in the recent years, and that is not likely to change. Fixing these institutions would require a lot of time and effort. Post-Trump-policy will have to do the assessment of each organization and see what is holding up and what not and make the necessary changes.

The misalignment between the economic needs of the US at home and the focus on the global economic policy

In the future and with the new president, things such as Trans-Pacific Partnership liberalization model will require a different strategy as well as different skills. Diplomats will spend more time building coalitions to enforce the rules which already exist and less time negotiating new deals.

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The disconnection between the international affairs institutions and the realities of the leading-countries competition

We have reached the point where several countries have the power to influence the world politics, and the US is no longer a sole state with that privilege. However, the international affairs institutions are not able or willing to acknowledge such a reality, forcing Trump to make foolish decisions. Rebecca Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper ask: “Can an international order be economically and politically open if its leading states are not liberal?” It is a debatable question with more than one answer.

The change in how America meets and greets the world

Every recent secretary of state starting from Robert Gates to James Mattis has called for more funding for diplomacy and development assistance, and so did every administrator of USAID. Ever since 9/11, the US has increased defense spending with the aim to reduce voters’ security anxieties, and that has created a counter-effect. The US no longer has an ethical and political doctrine of when it is appropriate to use force, and the US leader now solves all problems with the military tools and by risking the American lives.

The role of values in the American foreign policy

The American values play a key role in the foreign policy of the United States, but the younger generations are skeptical of the role of their country in the world. They are questioning their country’s desire to intervene, and they claim that the US has no rights nor business to solve other people’s problem and dig into the sovereignty of other states.

And with the emergence of other world powers such as China and Russia, the role of the world policeman is becoming more and more challenging every day. From now own, the United States are not the only ones who are requested to solve the issues around the world and to be effective at that, they will have to work with the other governments who may be illiberal and authoritarian. It will require a lot of work, patience, and skill to achieve such goals, as well as humility and acceptance, which is not America’s forte.

With everything that is going on around the world, we can no longer provide the simple answer to the question: “What role does the US play in the world?” We can no longer answer this questions by saying that we are doing all of this because we want to defeat China or Russia. The war against communism is also long gone. Furthermore, the war on terror is just as questionable. Nobody is taking advantage of the United States, considering that it is the world’s leading power. One of the answers could be to “sustain the US communities, institutions and values in a globalized world,” but this also might not provide a sufficient answer to the skeptics.

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The United States will have to face many challenges in the post-Trump era. It is unlikely that he is going to win at 2020 election considering all of the bad moves he has made during his presidency and with two years to go. However, there is hope. All of the mistakes that he has made, and that were made by the presidents before him, can and should be recovered. However, it will be much harder than most of the people think, especially now that the US is not the only country in the world that is shaping its destiny.

Source: lawfareblog.com

Trump is ruining America’s foreign policy

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President Trump’s foreign policy so far seems to be benefiting America’s opponents and leaving its allies bewildered.

The conclusions of the “The Future of America’s Global Role” debate is unanimous. Current American foreign policy is erratic and is leaving plenty of space for Russia and China to exert its influence all over the globe. Lack of consistency has created an atmosphere in which American allies find it hard to trust Washington and is causing severe doubt in the intentions of President Trump’s actions. Moscow and Beijing are aware of this and are slowly increasing their role in regions that were until recently a sole purview of the United States.

The fourth panel on the role of the United States in the world, held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, has attracted many experts on foreign policy, Loren DeJonge Schulman, deputy director of studies at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, among others. Schulman, who served as a Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Susan Rice in President Obama’s administration, has stated that the U.S. diminishing role in international affairs doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.

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“I think the global perception has gone from the U.S. being a reliable partner, and someone that many countries would aspire to emulate in some ways, to someone who is an unreliable partner,” said Schulman. “That is not necessarily a bad thing … It is good, in some ways, for people to think that the United States is not going to solve every problem for us constantly.”

Anna Simmons, from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, agrees with Schulman.

“This business of us going around the world foisting our conception of how other people live on them is only causing us more problems rather than helping us solve anything,” she said.

Source:npr.org

Trump’s administration has been forced to interfere in global affairs more than once, despite president’s America First platform in which he ran. North Korea, Syria, and Jerusalem are just a few of the issues President Trump encountered in his first year in office. Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel seems to have caused the greatest damage to America’s reputation and possibly made peace in the Middle East unachievable goal.

As other nations obtain more power and start to exert their influence in international theater, it would appear that the American dominance is bound to deteriorate. This can make the current situation a sort of preparation for the time where United States is no longer a sole superpower, according to John Schuessler, an associate professor in the department of international affairs at Texas A&M.

“I don’t see as a choice where we have a question on who we’re going to hand off the reins to,” he said.

Source: politico.eu

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Decisions Disregard Future

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The US moved its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a move that almost went unnoticed by world media but could have profound consequences on both Israel/Palestine relations and America. This step should be considered to be a historic one which could change the future of this region.

But, what’s important it will also change the future of the United States of America. This move is one of those that we are getting accustomed to seeing regarding President Trump. The decision seems justified right now if you look at what Trump’s supporters think but in the long run it’s going to affect US foreign policy, and it’s already causing diplomatic headaches.

Trump’s foreign policy can be described with a phrase ‘buy now, pay later.’ Most of his moves don’t have an immediate effect, but in the years to come, they could be costly. The moving of embassy to Jerusalem is another classic Trump decision. He claims that the cost of moving is not $1 billion as some of the staff members suggested, but closer to $400,000. This is true only in the short run. The value of $400,000 is just for moving to the temporary building, while the complete move to a whole new embassy will cost $1 billion. But, while the embassy gets completed, Donald Trump will be gone from the office, so this move and its cost don’t concern him too much.

Source: www.express.co.uk

What POTUS is looking at are the immediate costs of his foreign policy decisions. He’s either not aware of what some of his actions will cost in the long run, or he simply doesn’t care.

One of the things that every US presidents states as their agenda in the coming years after their appointment to the office is the normalization of Israeli/Palestine relations. But since stepping to the White House Trump didn’t show his plan for peace in the Middle East, and after moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Palestine ceased to communicate with his administration.

The Monday move coincides with the date of declaration of Israel independence and will cause massive protests among Palestinians. The moving of embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem shows that the US is not actually neutral regarding conflicts in the Middle East and now thanks to Trump’s decision many countries in this region are opposing their presence. The leading country is Iran, who is not satisfied with the manner in which Donald Trump pulled the US from Iran nuclear deal. At the moment it looks like Trump is deciding without regard for the consequences. If something goes wrong, Trump has no plan B, and that’s becoming obvious.

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On another front, President Trump is working on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. While this move is being applauded by world media, it won’t come cheap. Even if Kim Jong Un accepts US terms on this subject, they will want something in return. NK will most likely ask for regional security guarantees and large economic support. Many analysts doubt that this deal can work. All of the other agreements with North Korea failed, and Trump showed that he has little respect for the contracts signed with other countries which he proved with Iran deal.

What Trump seems to be doing with matters of foreign policy is to tailor them to his needs regarding domestic support. What’s he’s working on is preparing the turf for another election and is gathering support. Instead, he should look to lead this country to safe future with smart foreign policy.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

This is the opposite of what Barack Obama did. He looked to make decisions that will influence US foreign policy in the years to come rather than focusing on the immediate opinion of his supporters. An approach that was smart compared to today’s rushed and short-term plan. What Trump is buying cheap right now might be expensive for him and especially for America in the future.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Donald Trump Greets Three Men Released By North Korea

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Tony Kim, Kim Hak-song, and Kim Dong-Chul were released from North Korea shortly after Mike Pompeo’s visit to that country ended. Three of them arrived in the United States late in the night and were greeted by Mr. President Donald Trump.

All three of them exited US government airplane, showing peace signs to the gathered crowd. Another thing that waited for them was a huge US flag hung between the two trucks to make them feel that they are home again.

Talking to the gathered press, POTUS said: “I want to thank Kim Jong-un. I think he wants to do something and bring that country into the real world. We didn’t think this was going to happen, and it did. It was very important to all of us. The true honor will be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons.”

On Wednesday, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo flew to North Korea where he met with Kim and arranged the release of three men. One of the prisoners, Kim Dong-Chul, said: “It’s like a dream, and we are very happy. We were treated in many different ways; I had to do labor.” After landing all three of them were taken to a hospital for a health checkup.

Source: www.theguardian.com

One hour before Mike Pompeo was set to leave NK the freedom of these three men was secured. The photo of Pompeo shaking hands with Kim was published in Rodong Sinmun, which is the official newspaper of the ruling party of North Korea.

Tony Kim, Kim Hak-song, and Kim Dong-Chul were released after a short legal ceremony. For this occasion, North Korean officials also issued a statement which goes as following: “You should take care that they do not make the same mistakes again. This was a hard decision.”

The release of three men happened as a sign of goodwill from Kim Jung-un before the meeting between the leaders of NK and America.

Source: www.news.com.au

Upon their release, three prisoners issued a joint statement: “We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, president Trump, secretary Pompeo and the people of the United States for bringing us home. We thank God and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return. God bless America, the greatest nation in the world.”

In addition to trying to save the three prisoners, Pompeo was also in the NK in order to negotiate some of the details of the Kim/Trump meeting. The named summit will happen in the next few weeks.

After showing sign of goodwill towards the US, South Korea, and Japan are expecting the same because NK holds six South Korean citizens and eight Japanese. Seoul and Tokyo are also looking to work on their release.

Source: theguardian.com

These Are Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Moves

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After President Donald Trump walked away from Iran nuclear deal, it’s clear that he has an idea of what kind of foreign policy he wants to lead. So far he showed a desire to break contracts, not to sign them. Staying true to his campaign promises his first day in the office was marked by a withdrawal from 12-member trade agreement signed by Barack Obama.

President Trump claims that TPP which hasn’t even taken effect yet is a bad deal which unfairly treats the United States and leaves them exposed to competition. All other nations have already signed the agreement and seemed ready to work based on what was arranged.

But, eleven months after his first day in the White House, Donald Trump had the time to think this deal over and had a change of heart. Eleven nations who signed the agreement, besides the US, decided to move on without America, but now, President Trump is ready to join them once again if they are prepared to accept a couple of changes imposed by the US.

Source: www.businessinsider.com

The North American Trade Agreement which was signed 24-years ago was called a ‘disaster’ and ‘worst trade deal maybe ever’ by the current president. Trump tried to renegotiate the terms during the last year but stayed away from withdrawal.

All of the three parties involved (Canada, Mexico, US) are trying to change the deal, but they found more that one stumbling rock, and are no closer to having an improved arrangement. The US wants to have more share on Mexican and Canadian markets especially on the automobile industry, and both countries are opposing to this.

Because of this, the future of this pact remains uncertain. During the years that this deal was in power, trade between countries flourished, but some industries have seen a decline.

Another agreement that saw the United States withdrawing from under the leadership of Donald Trump is the Paris deal which is committed to fighting global warming. This agreement was signed by Barack Obama before it was scrapped by Trump in 2017. After pulling out of Paris deal, Trump stated that the US would be opened to renegotiation, but no actions have been taken towards it. Even without the US, there are more than 190 nations who have signed and are fine with the terms.

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One of the more controversial decisions made by Trump during his tenure in the White House was when he decided to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This move was condemned by the international community because Palestinians are looking to make east Jerusalem the capital of their future state. Washington officials announced that they would move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, which will coincide with 70th anniversary of the creation of Israeli country.

One of the focal points of his foreign policy was exchanging insults with North Korean president Kim Jong Un before taking a complete U-turn and declaring that two of them will meet at an international summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The meeting will happen even after Kim endangered Japan and South Korea with constant ballistic missiles tests. But, as a sign of good will, NK released three US citizens that were imprisoned there. Kim already met with the president of SK Moon in DMZ. The meeting with Trump will occur in coming weeks.

Source: forbes.com

Regarding the Middle East, Trump stated that US troops should ‘get out’ of Syria, but US Army officials noted that the army will remain and that the fight against Islamic State will continue. He also ordered a cruise missiles fire on the Syrian military targets after they were accused of using chemical weapons. The last of this attacks were in April, with the aid of US allies France and Germany.

POTUS was and still is an enemy of the Iran deal which he described as insane. Trump even stepped out of agreement although European allies refused to do so. He is adamant in putting Iran under sanctions and punish them economically until they accept to change few things in the agreement. Donald Trump wants that ban on Iran’s use of enriched uranium becomes permanent. The current terms are limiting them till 2025.

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Trump’s missed opportunities in foreign policy

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Donald Trump conducts foreign policy the way he does everything else: aggressively, unpredictably, and with complete lack of interest or knowledge in proper diplomatic norms. Usually, this approach rarely ends well, but for Donald Trump, it almost worked. The only reason is that his bullishness is backed up by the largest economic and military power in the history of the world. Unfortunately, he almost always fails to capitalize on his initial gains.

Trump’s insistence on scrapping the Iran deal has left his European allies scrambling to fix it before his May 12th deadline expires. It was all America could hope for, European powers proposing sanctions for Iran’s involvements in Syria and ballistic tests. Both Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel visited Washington last month trying to persuade Trump to remain part of the deal. Britain, France, and Germany agreed that Tehran needs to be told that red lines in Syria apply to them as well. Renegotiating the agreement under those lines would be a major success of the White House foreign policy. Yet, Trump will squander it all away just so that he can say that he scrapped Obama’s deal.

Source:politico.com

This is quite similar to his actions in Syria. They were best described by Robert Worth:
“[A]fter the administration launched missile strikes on Syrian regime targets in retaliation for the poison-gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, there was a welcome opportunity to pressure the Syrians and their Russian backers. This was precisely what John Kerry dreamed of during Obama’s final years: a decisive show of force that would create leverage on the diplomatic front. Now Trump had achieved it. A European diplomat told me he spoke to McMaster just after the Syria strike and asked him: “Now you have leverage: What will you do?” McMaster stared back at him blankly, he told me. “For them, it was not leverage,” the diplomat said. “It was just a strike.”

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Israel and Palestine peace talks are another example of how his unorthodox approach could have yielded unexpected results. While obviously pro-Israel, Trump wasn’t a stranger to criticizing Tel Aviv, a fact that show Palestine leaders that mutually beneficial agreement could be struck. Appointment of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was a clear message that he takes a personal interest in the deal and most of the participants reacted positively to his initiative. Then he threw it all away by unilaterally deciding to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinians are now boycotting the US, and any hope of even modest progress is lost.

Trump’s latest challenge is North Korea. What started as name-calling escalated into threats of annihilation with nuclear weapons. Fortunately, passions subsided and Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to visit South Korea, in anticipation of the summit between himself and Donald Trump. There are already worrying signs that Trump will miss this historic opportunity to create a lasting peace on Korean Peninsula as well. His remarks about “great celebration” at the DMZ could mean that he will either accept whatever deal Kim offers, regardless of how empty or unenforceable it is, or he will storm out and go back to threatening Pyongyang with nuclear devastation.

Despite his ignorance about the world and diplomatic protocol, Donald Trump has failed to entangle the United States in any disastrous foreign adventure, even that was something that many of his critics predicted. Instead, his approach has created several excellent opportunities, some of which his predecessors would do anything to had have. It was fumbling of those opportunities in order to achieve some short-term goal (mostly to allow him to brag at rallies or on Fox about them) that have a potential of turning into disasters. The most irritable fact is that his administration failed to even recognize the long-term possibilities of their boss’s unorthodox approach to diplomacy.

Not all is lost, though. The summit with North Korea is still a few weeks away, which is plenty of time for his advisors to properly prepare him. The Iran deal still isn’t dead in the water and there’s a slim chance that Mr. Trump may relent and allow his European allies to fix it. This would, in turn, stabilize Syria and allow Israel to stand down, which would clear up a path towards opening a dialogue with Abbas and his government.

Source: slate.com

US Foreign Policy should not be “America First”

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Donald Trump had a memorable campaign in 2016 where he painted the immigrants as villains while he praised repressive regimes such as Russia and China where human rights and freedoms America stands for are pushed aside. He showed the American people that the US is not as powerful as it used to be and that he wanted to restore it to glory. This philosophy resonated and it continues to resonate despite the fact that Trump has already been a president for over a year. According to a Pew survey, almost half of the American population believes that the country should “pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home.”

This is not surprising at all. The Americans are worried about their kids, the bills they have to pay and health care, not what is happening thousands of miles away from them. For regular people, globalization is a never-ending process which is complex, and it favors the wealthy over everyone else. Meanwhile, the sons and daughters are sent to wars miles and miles away from their homes, and they are not sure whether they would ever come back. Furthermore, terrorism is still there to combat. Even though the US won in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Islamic State appeared, and they are too powerful to deal with which is why it takes a lot of years to get rid of them. It is understandable why Americans are frustrated. The engagement of the US overseas never ends.

Trump is still exploiting these feelings of frustration, and he presents the choices – safety at home or peace in the world, human rights or improved and steady salaries. However, there are more than two sides of the coin, and these choices are false. Today’s world is too connected, and even if America were to turn their backs on the other countries, that wouldn’t do much to improve things in their own backyard. Withdrawing from the world scene would not mean “America First” but “America Alone” which would give the other countries a lot more room to develop and shape the future of the world.

Source:indepthnews.net

Currently, the US citizens are facing many problems. First of all, US keeps failing to address climate change and flood insurance bills are too high. More and more Americans are fighting with addiction, and the use of illegal substances grows. Constant cyber attacks are threatening the security of the US citizens, and their right to vote is in the hands of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. These are all problems that need to be addressed, but such things cannot be taken care of by abandoning the rest of the world. Foreign Policy is not necessarily what happens across the ocean. Yes, it affects the wars the US engage in, but what happens in the rest of the world reflects on American lives as well. The entire world is interconnected and starting with the “America First” policy at this moment would be disastrous.

The United States faces huge global threats. Despite the fact that they have the largest economy, soon, America is going to be surpassed by China. Meanwhile, Russia has become bolder, interfering in the states around the world, while Europe’s division is growing. For instance, Apple is the largest corporation by market value, but the CEO is not responsible to the US lawmakers but to the shareholders of the company. On the other hand, Jack Ma doesn’t have the same luxury. The rise of state capitalism in China is a significant problem for the global free market.

The Americans are not engaged in foreign policy, but they should be. They are concerned about healthcare and gun control, and there is a great need to deal with such matters. But they also need to start thinking about foreign policy as well. For them to do so, the US government and all of the officials need to offer a story which is more compelling and give the right reasons why someone in Austin, Texas should care for what is happening in Afghanistan, Syria and the other countries worldwide.

New Foreign Policy

Trump and his administration decided to withdraw from the Paris agreement, but for the residents of Fall River, Massachusetts, this can have tremendous effects. The US is the largest CO2 emitter in the world, and instead of doing everything in its power to reduce the numbers of CO2 emitted in the atmosphere, the people in power seem not to care. Meanwhile, the Fall River residents are fighting with floods which are ruining the local infrastructure and redirecting budget to fixes instead of development. The aging sewage system needs to be upgraded to sustain the influx of extreme weather conditions.

Meanwhile, Georgia is the state which has more military enlistees than any other one in the nation. After Georgia, South Carolina and Texas are the top states and the families of such communities and cities in these states are well-aware of the US wars in the Middle East. These conflicts are a reality for them, and they are reading the stories – they are waiting for their husbands, fathers, and mothers to return home. In his presidential campaign, Trump has said that American would no longer fight pointless wars, but here he is, risking conflicts with Russia, Iran, and even Turkey, a country which is an ally.

Source:csmonitor.com

West Virginia is not located on the border with Mexico, but it is the country most concerned with addiction. The pharmaceutical companies are loosely regulated, and a lot of Americans are hooked on painkillers. But it is not only painkillers that are the problem. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid originates from China, but it is distributed mostly through Mexico. Furthermore, it is scary to think that 95% of illegal substances in the United States comes over the Mexican border. The point is that building of a wall may reduce the entry of illegal immigrants, but it will not stop this epidemic. On the other hand, if Trump administration were to invest in mental health, pharmaceutical accountability and increase engagement across the borders, the numbers would go down.

Seven states – Wisconsin, Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and California had their state websites or voter registration databases compromised during the election, US intelligence officials confirm. The enemies of the state managed to harm the US citizens with cyber attacks which know no borders.

Source:geopolintelligence.com

The Pax Americana has come to an end, and the United States, together with the entire world is going to establish a new world order in the upcoming years. The US should assume the role of a leader and help shape the better world. Otherwise, this will be decided without it, and its interests and values will be disregarded. If America wants no part in the world scene, China has an alternative model for global leadership, and they are willing to impose it. While it favors government over the individual, this type of rule is not defined by freedom, but conformity. It is the model based on state capitalism, and those who accept it are going to prosper, but those who oppose it will not be able to grow. On the other hand, America is promoting a system based on mutual benefit and development and the rights of individuals are its priority. Everyone has a chance to compete and succeed in the free market.

Which system is worth fighting for?

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