The first-ever Diversity in International Affairs Mini-Conference at Washington University aimed to address the barriers underrepresented groups face in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy on Thursday and Friday through a series of events.
While flying home for the winter break, I noticed, as I’m sure many of you did, literally hundreds of soldiers wandering the airport in uniform on their way home. For me, this meant that I was reminded of my feelings toward the military and the way in which our country uses our armed forces around the world.
For the past two decades, American foreign policy has reflected Cold War-era thinking. From the 1950s through the 1980s, much of what America did abroad was based on the notion of containing Communism: Korea, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Chile and several other countries, for better or for worse, were all on the receiving end of America’s policy of containment.
In response to the current tumult in the Middle East, there has been widespread speculation amongst pundits and politicos that the Obama administration will soon announce a new foreign policy doctrine outlining the United States’ philosophy in regards to promoting democracy abroad.
Right when you think things can’t get worse, they do. The politicians are on a mission to make sure nothing gets done until we have a different president, the world continues to deal with terrorism that cripples entire countries and the bad guys seem to have gotten worse and they just won’t go away.