As the world has reeled from the coronavirus outbreak, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has welcomed yet another new … More
In 2017, I gave a lecture at the Institute of World Politics about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dreams for … More
Brandon J. Weichert talks with Hillsdale College’s “Citizen Talk” about the rising tensions with Iran and the path forward.
“Again, I urge America’s leaders to repeal the Leahy Laws and fully embrace a more restrained, realistic foreign policy that empowers our local friends and allows our forces time to rest and recuperate after 18 years of endless—almost winless—warfare. After all, no matter how ugly they may be, it is always proper to dance with the ones who brought you to the party.”
“When the United States recognized the Jewish state of Israel, it sent shockwaves throughout the international system. Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is as historic as Harry Truman’s move in 1948. In fact, the announcement last week is probably the most consequential foreign policy decision of the young Trump Administration.”
“Russia is not our friend (and we need to always be on guard when dealing with them, and interact with them from a position of strength). However, Russia is not our enemy…unless we make them our enemy. The Russians have indicated with this recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel that they are looking for a more amicable, stable solution to the cauldron of chaos that is the Mideast. Now is the time for President Trump to buck the idiotic orthodoxy of the Washington establishment and go to Moscow to make the deal of the century.”
No, the Qatar Diplomatic Crisis is not going to break the Sunni Arab alliance against Iran nor will it harm U.S. interests in the region long-term. Brandon J. Weichert explains why.
The Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran has been a total and utter failure. Rather than deterring Iran from further aggression with the West and its allies, it has induced Iran toward greater aggression. This article is my attempt to advocate for sterner measures for the Trump Administration to take in resisting Iranian aggression
Egypt is a geostrategically vital part of the Mideast. It has long been the source of stability for the region. It has also long been an ally of the United States. Since the Arab Spring, however, that has been changing. Now, with the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi and the rise of Egyptian General Sisi as president, the Obama Administration has erroneously distanced itself from Egypt, allowing for Russia to swoop in. This article details the ramifications of that.
South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. It was created after having fought a brutal war against Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government of Sudan. President George W. Bush, more than any foreign leader, is the man most responsible for midwifing the birth of South Sudan. Now, South Sudan has become consumed by tribal civil war and is what many experts refer to as the world’s “first Pre-Failed State.” This article advocates for the cantonization of South Sudan to save the 3 year-old country.