The US’ ‘Strategic Failure’ in Afghanistan: 20 years in the making

By Ian Teunissen van Manen North America Analyst  When the US completed the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan on August 30th, 2021, it officially ended the US’ “longest war” (Parkin & Williams, 2021). However, this was not something that was entirely deserving of celebration- the withdrawal was messy, chaotic, and ultimately was not successfulContinue reading “The US’ ‘Strategic Failure’ in Afghanistan: 20 years in the making”

Event – The Future of Transatlantic Relations: A View from the Next Generation

On 7 October 2021, Unfiltered Voices together in partnership the German Marshall Fund of the United States hosted an event on ‘The Future of Transatlantic Relations: A View from the Next Generation’. Over the decades, the United States and Europe have been each other’s closest political, economic, and military allies. Going forward, both sides ofContinue reading “Event – The Future of Transatlantic Relations: A View from the Next Generation”

Transatlantic relations: rebooted with technology

By Ian Teunissen van ManenNorth America Analyst Since the Biden Administration took office in January of 2021, it has been clear that one of the main agenda items was the renewal of and emphasis on relations between the US and EU (and Europe as a whole). Another major step to that end was established lastContinue reading “Transatlantic relations: rebooted with technology”

Post-Biden Europe trip: what to expect moving forward

By Ian Teunissen van ManenNorth America Analyst Earlier this month, US President Biden embarked on a trip to Europe, marking his first international travel since taking office in January. This trip included stops in the UK for the G7 Summit and Brussels for meetings with EU leaders and the NATO Summit (Miller, 2021). The tripContinue reading “Post-Biden Europe trip: what to expect moving forward”

Democratic progressives are no Tea Party

By Konrad FooteNorth America analyst April 29th marked Joe Biden’s 100th day in office. With this, many articles look to assess and articulate what the administration has, or has not, achieved so far. This article chooses to take this opportunity to observe the influence, or lack thereof, of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing within theContinue reading “Democratic progressives are no Tea Party”

Gun Culture in the US: Beyond the 2nd Amendment

By Ian Teunissen van Manen North America analyst Atlanta, Georgia, Boulder, Colorado and now Orange, California. The latest places to be hit by the US’ gun epidemic. Three more moments of senseless violence and national tragedy. Twenty-two more victims added to the mind-numbing and soul crushing total number of casualties attributable to gun violence inContinue reading “Gun Culture in the US: Beyond the 2nd Amendment”

How can Game Theory help understand post-Brexit UK-US trade negotiations?

By Paul-Henri Minet* Guest Contributor  Since the launch of official trade negotiations between the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) in May 2020[1], the trade position of these two countries has significantly evolved. The reality of Brexit and the election of President Joe Biden are turning points which undoubtedly have an impact onContinue reading “How can Game Theory help understand post-Brexit UK-US trade negotiations?”

Pakistan, intelligence, and terrorism: Struggles facing one of America’s most necessary and controversial allies in the Middle East

By Christian M. Bills* Guest contributor Since their inception as an autonomous state, the United States has regarded Pakistan as a key nation for regional stability and projection of power. Throughout the Cold War, Pakistan was viewed as an important buffer state or launch point against the USSR and China should hostilities break out. FollowingContinue reading “Pakistan, intelligence, and terrorism: Struggles facing one of America’s most necessary and controversial allies in the Middle East”

Fixing a divided nation: areas of interest for the Biden administration (Part 1)

By Konrad Foote North America Analyst (This op-ed is the first part of a longer series on the Biden administration) Inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, there has been much media attention surrounding what actions Joe Biden may take on day one of his Presidency, in his first 100 days, in hisContinue reading “Fixing a divided nation: areas of interest for the Biden administration (Part 1)”

US Capitol Attack: What it means going forward

By Ian Teunissen van Manen North America Analyst  The events at the US Capitol building on January 6th will undoubtedly go down as one of the more shameful moments of US history. Horrific scenes of the Confederate flag being flown in the halls of the center of American Democracy will not soon be forgotten, norContinue reading “US Capitol Attack: What it means going forward”