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Adam Goldin shares his writing as a featured columnist for local news sources.

In these articles, you will find information pertaining to foreign policy and international affairs.

“North Korea’s advancing missile program presents our policy makers with a devilish dilemma. Do they take military action now to avoid a potentially cataclysmic war later, or do they pursue negotiations that could put the U.S. mainland in the cross hairs if they fail?” The North Korea menace

Adam Goldin, Columnist, Daily Local News

“The flailing Trump administration is a danger to U.S. prosperity and international peace. While this may seem histrionic, the current chaos can have dangerous consequences as we manage the rocky shoals of international affairs. The U.S. must manage China’s emergence as a major power, nurture relations with allies, counter Russia’s revanchism and coordinate global warming mitigation efforts, yet the administration still hasn’t made senior-level appointments to the State Department and has alienated several allies. We take our current peace and prosperity for granted, assuming it’s preordained, but complacency is a dangerous hallucination.” Frittering away peace and prosperity

Adam Goldin, Columnist, The Mercury

“When one thinks about Middle East turmoil, one traditionally envisions the northern countries. Conflicts between Israel and Egypt were common until the 1979 peace agreement, and skirmishes between Israel and Lebanon occur all too frequently today. The Iran/Iraq war raged in the 1980s, Iraq invaded Kuwait in the early 1990s, and today Syria, Iraq and Libya have all recently been subsumed by war. Conversely, relations between the gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have been relatively tranquil. However, Saudi Arabia’s struggle with Iran for regional hegemony has led to rising tensions between a Saudi-led group of nations and Qatar.” Middle East turmoil spreads to the Persian Gulf region

Adam Goldin, Columnist, The Mercury

Here’s a collection of even more featured columns from Adam Goldin, as seen in various Philadelphia area outlets.

ADAM GOLDIN: War with North Korea could be costly

President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric towards North Korea strays radically from the usual norms of diplomacy. Trump has replaced nuanced messaging, designed to prevent miscalculations or misinterpretations that could accidentally lead to war, with blunt school-yard banter designed to taunt and instigate. As a result, many believe war with North Korea is becoming increasingly likely.

ADAM GOLDIN: Another Middle East fissure

As if the Middle East didn’t have enough to contend with, a new regional fissure is developing that could lead to yet another war. The fuse that detonates this explosive is the Iraqi Kurds’ recent referendum for independence. Following the first Gulf War in 1991, the U.S.

ADAM GOLDIN: Echoes of the 1930s

Historical comparisons to current events are always a bit strained because each epoch is unique. Drawing exact parallels leads to erroneous conclusions. However, loose comparisons can help conceptualize today’s events and help policy makers avoid past mistakes. The most troubling aspect regarding international affairs today is the sheer volume of discord.

ADAM GOLDIN: U.S.-China military showdown lurks in the South China Sea

While the world is preoccupied with the growing North Korean nuclear threat, a more traditional big-power conflict between the U.S. and China lurks. China has been aggressively asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea, upsetting an uneasy balance of power in the region.

ADAM GOLDIN: U.S. abdicates international leadership role at its peril

At the end of World War II, the U.S sought to establish a free and open international trading system. While this was done ostensibly to rebuild war ravaged economies, it was also a response to geostrategic concerns. By promoting free trade and multila