Month: February 2018

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland: the Campaign to Defeat ISIS

Featured Photo: Callie Richmond On Jan. 30, 2018, the LBJ School of Public Affairs welcomed U.S. Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland. His talk was part of the Dean’s Distinguished Leaders Series, which brings the best and brightest of the public world straight to LBJ. MacFarland, a three-star general slated to retire soon, spoke about his time serving at key posts over three decades of leadership in government and the military. Notably, from 2015 to 2016, he was commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq...

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The TPP Precedent and the RCEP Reality: Multilateralism in the Asia Pacific, Part 1

In direct affirmation of his campaign promise, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) just days into his first term. This set an unmistakable precedent not only for the “America First” administration, but also for the future of greater Asia-Pacific-U.S. relations. U.S. disengagement has drastically altered the course of economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region, fostering the emergence of new deals, new institutions, and new regional leadership. Last fall, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) annual meeting, the leaders of the world’s two largest economies took the stage to espouse two fundamentally competing ideas for...

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Why Does Israel Matter to India?

Undoubtedly, it is the dawn of a new era in Indo-Israeli relations. This was visible from the great rapport between the premiers of the two nations – Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu. When Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel set his foot on Indian soil on Jan.14, 2018, he was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outstretched hands of friendship, often referred to as “the hug diplomacy.” The leaders showed camaraderie in public appearances such as a road show in Modi’s own state, Gujarat. At a press meeting, Modi called Netanyahu by his nickname “Bibi” and Netanyahu addressed Modi as...

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