COMMENTARY: The divide between North and South Korea

Sure, sure, it’s probably true that Kim Jong Un wants to unify the Korean Peninsula under his rule. So did his grandfather. So did his father. None has come close. What is not so widely understood, however, is that the South Korean elites don’t want to unify with the North even under South Korean rule. […]

COMMENTARY: Trump’s decision on Iran nuclear accord further isolates US

The move by the Donald Trump administration to abandon the Iran nuclear agreement — formally referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — is troublesome. In an increasingly interdependent and globalized world, the Trump White House continues to cancel previous agreements, partly due to a reflexive antipathy to anything President Barack Obama […]

COMMENTARY: What will America’s role in Syria’s conflict be?

It almost seems like déjà vu. Like just around this time last year, Syria’s Assad government has apparently used chemical weapons on his own citizenry and civilians, leading to horrific casualties. Just like then, the footage and pictures from the region are tragic and devastating. With roughly 70 people estimated killed and hundreds more affected, […]

COMMENTARY: Trump foreign policy shaky after year in office

In December, I administered the final exam in my Fall 2017 American Foreign Policy (AFP) class, an open-book essay which focused on views about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy record after one year in office. Of the seven students in the class, six had negative comments about the Trump administration’s performance in this area, while […]

COMMENTARY: Another feint on the Korean Peninsula?

Last week saw South Korea and North Korea engage in friendly overtures not seen in recent history, amid discussions over North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. While that may seem a small or routine issue, it is nonetheless the first official dialogue the two countries have engaged in for over […]

Sen. Coons reacts to U.S. strikes on Syria

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following statement Thursday after news of U.S. airstrikes on Syria: “The images we saw earlier this week of Syrian children and adults who were brutally murdered and poisoned by their own government were not only heartbreaking and horrifying, they were a call to action for the global community. […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The prevalence of good versus evil

In response to Ms. Monahan’s so-called personal defense 01/01/’16 [Letter to the Editor] titled “Leading from behind” rebutting my 12/27/’15 [Letter to the Editor] “Several perceptions of Reality,” that served as a rebuttal to her 12/21/’15 [Letter to the Editor] titled “Obama’s inactions fueling Trump’s reactions,” please be kind enough, Ms. Monahan, to pardon my […]

COMMENTARY: Christmas story has troubling similarities to today’s world

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There is a horror movie out this Christmas known as “Krampus.” According to Wikipedia, “Krampus has its roots in Austro-Bavarian, German-speaking alpine folklore.” It is a horned, anthropomorphic figure who, during the Christmas season, brutally punishes children who have misbehaved. This movie is not on my holiday must-see list, as I don’t have the stomach […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama’s inactions fueling Trump’s reactions

President Obama’s consistent course of inaction concerning America’s national security has fueled the fires of outrage in America. Donald Trump is an anti-political outsider who has ignited the flame of dissension throughout America — both pro and con. The Washington, D.C., political pundits cannot comprehend the Trump leadership poll numbers and wonder when and if […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We need a rational response to terrorist violence

If I hear one more Republican presidential candidate start the party-line prohibition against immigrants with “America has always been a welcoming nation, but … .” The truth is that many Americans have always been anti-immigrant, whether the latest immigrants were Catholic Europeans, Jews, Asians or Hispanics. The latest targets of American xenophobia are the victims […]