From trigger happy generals to irrational leaders, who should be trusted with U.S. nuclear button? Let’s find out. For decades wise nuclear experts like Ash Carter and Peter D. Fever have written about the nuclear hair triggers. To their respected warnings, I’ll add another. We all know that in the United States, President has the legal and political authority to order the launch of nuclear...

Iran may pull out of the nuclear deal before the US (by Massoumeh Torfeh)  1 March 2018 In the opinion piece by Massoumeh Torfeh, she claims that Iran will leave a nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)) if it cannot gain economic benefits from it. Meanwhile, the author talks about Trump’s desire to increase sanctions against Iran and his violation of deal through creating...

OPEC mulls a long-term alliance with Russia to keep oil prices stable The Economist comments on the strengthening relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia and puts forward the idea that the countries are set to reach more effective limits to the global production of oil. Resurgence of shale production in the U.S. makes it natural for the large producers whose economies are strongly dependent on...

Trump administration has presented National Security Strategy (NSS) after almost a year to take office. I had a chance to review the strategy document and when I was reviewing that NSS document the words of former Soviet Union’s leader Nikita Khrushchev were recalling into my mind. Once he said that "America will fall without a shot being fired. It will fall from within." How much his assessment is...

The Cuban missile crisis in 1962 has probably been one of the most researched international crises in the world. However, in 1996 Jutta Weldes wrote about national interests and the missile crises in a new and refreshing manner: she improved the theory of constructivism regarding national interests and showed how the decisions taken in 1962 were the results of social environment and its reaction to the...

What’ve been said in Trumpian ‘National Security Strategy’ is not real. The paper has very little to do with the mark together view of what Trump does and what he says. Unlike domestic policy, several contradictory positions on a single foreign policy issue is a disgrace. What does the strategy paper say? Predominantly three words: competitors, dictators, and irresponsible states are...

General Information on the Conference Each year the Midwest Slavic Association and CSEES partner together to host the Midwest Slavic Conference. The conference has been held on the OSU campus since 2003 and is normally held in the spring. Participation is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars from across the United States and abroad. Approximately 30 panels are held...

Over the course of history, the relations between Latin America and the United States have undergone an overwhelming number of perplexities  and are still in the process of constant change and evolution. In order to deeply comprehend these  relations, first and foremost, their historical background and possible future perspectives have to be taken into account. In the 1960s, due to intense...

When Ukraine was subject to Russian aggression, big support came from the United States and Canada, where the governments and ordinary people became sympathetic to the Ukrainians, who lost part of their territory while demanding more freedom and changing the government. The Politicon interviews Marta Dyczok, a Canadian-Ukrainian Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of...

Introduction  The concept of “checks and balances” is a system of separation of power by ensuring that each branch of government such as legislative, executive and judiciary would have exclusive control over its sphere of responsibility, thus precluding any of them from concentrating power. Contemporary states have widely different political system, even if they belong to a large family of...

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