Mending the Marriage: The Importance of Stabilizing US-China Relations

The marriage between the United States and the People’s Republic of China is more fragile than at any time since normalization in 1979. Bilateral tensions continue to heighten as disagreements loom over potential trade wars, growing strategic competition, and cyber espionage. Under these challenging circumstances, the re-establishment of a credible strategic partnership is imperative, for the fruits of bilateral coordination do not merely benefit the two regimes, but the global community at large.

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ChinaBonnie Jenkins
A Diplomat in a Cyber World: Working with CYBERCOM

CYBERCOM’s mission is clear: to defend the Department of Defense’s information networks; to help defend the nation’s critical infrastructure (e.g., transportation, water, electrical grid, banking) and to help support other combatant commands’ mission execution. CYBERCOM is specifically directed to work with interagency and international partners to execute these critical missions.

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Zika's Getting All of the Attention: It Shouldn't

If the West Africa Ebola epidemic follows the history of past outbreaks, it is highly likely that it will become endemic to the subregion and subsequent outbreaks can begin at any time. In fact, errant cases of Ebola have continued into 2016. And we do not want a redux of the 2014 epidemic. Which is why it is troubling that Congress is debating whether to reallocate $350 million in funds designated for Ebola to contribute to the Zika fund.

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Flint's Recovery Is On Us

It isn’t news that Flint is no longer the booming Vehicle City that it was during the height of the Rust Belt’s automotive industry. In fact, you cannot say the word ‘Flint’ without thinking of the ongoing water crisis or documentaries on poverty and crime in the city. 

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Bonnie JenkinsComment
On Allyship and Mentorship In the National Security Sector

After writing our article on women of color in national security, we met with Bishop Garrison who wrote a piece on supporting women of color in the sector. As young professionals, we wish to see more diversity represented in the leadership that helps maintain our safety. In addition to more representation, we thought about what leaders and mentors can do to cultivate a more inclusive environment and be better allies for young women of color like us.

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To Pluck a Brown Feathered Goose: On Being a Woman of Color in National Security

As a field that centers on defense and foreign relations, national security has had a long history of being predominantly male. Recent public debate on women and national security have rightfully acknowledged this problem, showing how gender bias, unequal pay, and work-family life challenges have posed barriers to greater progress. However, we have also found a lack of recognition of the racial biases and barriers to inclusion that women of color must also confront to excel in the field of national security.

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In the Quest for Successful Refugees Integration, Merkel Must Address Employment Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities in Germany Head-on

Overcoming the integration challenges associated with the migration crisis in particular will present Chancellor Merkel with the opportunity to maximize her impact on history. Broadly speaking, access to employment for refugees and immigrants is an important factor for successful integration.

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