Author Archives: Sarah White, M.A.

Bolsonaro’s Days As Brazil’s President May Be Numbered (From RealClearWorld) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro walked into office with seemingly invulnerable approval ratings. His re-election in 2022 seemed all but guaranteed, no matter what he did or said. This was true in the some of the worst days of the COVID-19 [Read More...]
Russian Aggression In The Baltics Will Not Look Like Crimea (From RealClearDefense) In 2014, Russia invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in the largest land seizure in Europe since World War II. Since then, experts have made various predictions of what Moscow’s next target for expansion might be. The Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, [Read More...]
Russia’s Soft Takeover Of Belarus Completes Anti-NATO Military Buffer (From RealClearDefense) After protracted domestic unrest in 2020 in the form of massive protests attempting to oust Belarus’ president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the country’s government is teetering on the verge of collapse. Moscow has rushed in to fill the vacuum. Lukashenka has suddenly [Read More...]
Why Greece Needs The F-35 Stealth Fighter (From The National Interest) The deterioration of Turkey’s role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) means Greece is now effectively the alliance’s southern flank. Because of the somewhat outsized nature of this role for a small country, Greece needs a more [Read More...]
Turkey’s Erdogan Complicating Regional Security (From RealClearDefense) President Joe Biden is already being pressed to deliver on his promises to re-center U.S. foreign policy around diplomacy and challenged to patch strained relationships with U.S. allies across the globe. The relationship we have with Turkey is no exception, [Read More...]
Greece Could Usurp Turkey’s Role As Leading NATO Air Power In Eastern Mediterranean (From RealClearDefense) The most recent dispute between Turkey and Greece has created a disturbance within the alliance that was supposed to deter such conflicts. In September of 2020, Turkey began to actively search for oil and natural gas deposits close to Cyprus, [Read More...]
China Is Winning Latin America’s Support During Pandemic (From RealClearWorld) Between the incoherent response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and the Trump administration’s ambivalent foreign policy in the region, signs point to the coronavirus as an opportunity for China to further deepen its ties with Latin American [Read More...]
The Pandemic and Populism’s Ravages In Latin America (From Forbes) It has been noted that countries with authoritarian or semi-authoritarian leadership are more likely to become COVID-19 hotspots for longer amounts of time than their liberal-democratic counterparts. The same pattern rings true in Latin America: Authoritarian leadership is one of [Read More...]
Resisting Russian and Chinese Influence, Post-Lockdown Italy Stands by NATO (From RealClearDefense) The coronavirus has precipitated border shutdowns and scapegoating between countries, but it has not done much to erode the sturdy foundations of international alliances. Even with the U.S. pulling away from the WHO, its NATO partnerships, for now, remain cohesive. [Read More...]
Sanctions on Venezuela Right Now Will Backfire (From RealClearWorld) On March 31, the U.S. government indicted Venezuela’s authoritarian president, Nicolás Maduro, on drug trafficking and money laundering charges while ignoring calls from the international community to suspend its sanctions regime during the pandemic. The White House has previously made [Read More...]
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