The Compass

Egypt: Reexamining an Old Friendship

Egypt: Reexamining an Old Friendship

  On April 3, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made his first visit to the White House in a meeting with President Donald Trump. Referencing the United States’ $1.3 billion in military assistance to Egypt, Trump promised “strong backing” to strongman Sisi, who was barred from the Obama White House […]

The Little Blue Men of the South China Sea

The Little Blue Men of the South China Sea

In recent years, China has become much more aggressive in its claims in the South China Sea. The Chinese government has long claimed that it has sovereignty over a large part of the South China Sea, using maps drawn by the Kuomintang during the Chinese Civil War to self-legitimize this […]

Marxism’s Modern Revival

Marxism’s Modern Revival

In contrast to the global rise of populism that headlines the news each day, a more nuanced upsurge in exhibitions of communism has risen: Finland is experimenting with universal basic income. The United States, a pluralist and painstakingly capitalist country, saw a self-proclaimed socialist candidate climb surprisingly far in recent […]

President Trump: Take Care with Latin America

President Trump: Take Care with Latin America

The United States’ foreign policy in Latin America over the last few decades has centered around the promotion of peace and democracy in the region; whether or not it has been effective is debatable. However, this regional strategy is quickly nearing irrelevancy with the United States’ presidential transition, as President […]