The Backbone of Moscow’s Security and Foreign Policy

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer In my last contribution I argued that Russia sits on a vast territory surrounded by threats and is full of structural weakness. The country seems to be a weak and paranoid state with delusions of grandeur, but with no real power other than an assertive discourse and limited military capacity. […]

Russia Is Back! Are We Ready for the Challenge?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer On Wednesday, in Moscow, the U.S. Secretary of State held high-level conversations with his Russian counterpart and the President of Russia. According to CNBC, his words were: “There is a low level of trust between our countries. The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship.” Both countries […]

Promexico at Thunderbird: Why Global Trade and NAFTA Still Matter

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Being aware of Mexico’s strategic value for both the U.S. and Arizona economies, as well as the current uncertainty surrounding the future of the U.S-Mexico relationship, I decided to partner with my Mexican colleagues at Promexico to find venues of cooperation and to start conversations for fostering a robust ASU-Mexico […]

Japanese Foreign Policy in the XXI Century: The New Black Ships

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Throughout the duration of the Cold War, Japanese foreign policy contributed to the achievement of peace and prosperity for the Japanese. In the Post-Cold War era the new political elite in Japan agree that the Peace Constitution, the Yoshida Doctrine and the alliance with the U.S. are milestones and constraints […]

We Are the USA, Not the USA, Inc.

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer As I’ve mentioned before, the relationship with Mexico is vital for some industries and for the middle class of America. About 5 million American jobs depend on trade with Mexico, and millions of American households depend on highly affordable agricultural products from Mexico. By imposing a border tax, the Trump […]

Donald Trump: A Weak Candidate and a Poor Choice

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer This weekend the New York Times published two editorials: one endorsing Hillary Clinton for president and the other rejecting Donald Trump. On Monday, September 26th both candidates had the chance to debate on policy issues and personality traits. Most polls position Clinton as the winner. As a political scientist, my […]

U.S. Forever: A Note for Our Next President

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer September 11, 2001 will always be a sad day in human history. This is the day when America was hit by extremism in our most cherished symbols of freedom: the Pentagon, which represents our military that defends and promotes our national interest, and the World Trade Center in New York, […]