Author: kevindoremus

I am a recent graduate with a Master's degree in International Affairs: Security. Throughout my four years of experience researching the US and Russian foreign policy towards Central & Eastern Europe, I discovered there is a misunderstanding about CEE's national interests. One of my goals is to contribute to the expansion of cultural, historical, and political knowledge of the region.

Central and Eastern Europe’s Growing Borderlands

Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

Friends from Slovakia, Romania, Slovenia, and Croatia talk about how in the West they are viewed as “eastern,” but in the East, they are considered western. There is a growing sense in Central and Eastern Europe of people who caught between two different worlds. Today, some migrants who left the region for better opportunities now want to return to what they call “home.” One common variable repeated by ex-expats was that they could not fully identify with the country they migrated to because of differences in historical experience.

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Thanos Trump Threatens China ahead of Trade Talks

Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

According to the Washington Post, Chinese internet users now refer to President Trump as Marvel villain Thanos.  President Trump has been negotiating a new trade deal that would attempt to reduce the US’s trade deficit with China. Similar to Thanos snapping his fingers, Trump threatened to increase tariffs to 25% on Chinese goods causing a sharp decline in the Chinese stock market on Monday. Continue reading “Thanos Trump Threatens China ahead of Trade Talks”

A Break in the Trans-Atlantic Alliance

Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

Cracks in the NATO alliance continue to appear. According to Politico new polling data shows, “69 percent of the German public want more cooperation with Russia and only 35 percent with America; a consistent German polling majority refuses to defend Poland and the Baltic states if Russia invaded them.”  Germany is also expected to miss the NATO’s requirement of at least 2 percent of GDP in defense spending.  President Donald Trump has been critical of NATO members for not paying their favor in the organization.

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5 Must-read Libertarian Books on Foreign Policy

Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

Megan Waardenburg from the Realist Review inspired me to create a foreign policy list for classical liberals and libertarians. Finding books on international relations and foreign policy can be challenging for noninterventionists. While there are libertarian works on foreign policy, those books are written by economists or journalists. Although those books are not bad, from an international relations perspective, there appears to be an underappreciation of anarchy and the realpolitik that underly the international order.

Here are some books I recommend for noninterventionists to further enhance anti-war/nonintervention arguments to challenge the idea of global leadership.

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Intervention in Venezuela Is Not in Our Interests

Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

Similar to former President Obama’s uncertainty to intervene in Libya, President Trump is hesitant to commit U.S. troops to Venezuela. This country, which has faced numerous economic crises, is now mired in a political conflict between a US-backed resistance and the government. There are calls for humanitarian actions to prevent the Venezuelan government from harming its people. Others cite the Monroe doctrine to push Russian and Chinese influence outside of Latin America. But the use of military action creates many unknown scenarios, making it challenging to predict what the outcome might be. It is better to use caution than take the risk.

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