New Perspectives

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A foreign policy journal written by and for the enrichment of young professionals.

Volume 7 Summer 2014




About New Perspectives


New Perspectives in Foreign Policy is published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to provide a forum for young professionals to debate issues of importance in foreign policy. Though New Perspectives seeks to bring new voices into the dialogue, it does not endorse specific opinions or policy prescriptions. As such, the views expressed herein are solely those of the authors and contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board, CSIS, or the CSIS Board of Trustees.


Letter from the Editorial Board, Volume 7 Summer 2014


Policymakers today face a world where unprecedented opportunities are emerging even as long-running challenges resist resolution. Rising flows of people, energy, information, and more across borders have deepened interdependence among nations, strengthening common interests and exposing new opportunities for enhancing international cooperation. At the same time, protests in emerging democracies and rising tensions in several geopolitical hotspots from China to Ukraine serve as powerful reminders that historical contests over territory, resources, and political representation are far from over.

In this issue of New Perspectives in Foreign Policy, young professionals take on some of these developments at home and abroad, offering their ideas for how policymakers can respond to the promise and perils of a rapidly changing global landscape.

Looking first at East Africa, Michelle Melton explores the opportunities for development of the region’s natural gas resources, arguing that, while uncertainty in global gas markets will complicate development of these resources, this could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for citizens in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Moving next to Turkey, Peter Vincze looks at root causes of the Gezi Park protests that began in May 2013, analyzing how the rise of a progressive youth demographic who largely do not identify with existing political parties and structures creates new challenges for Turkey’s political, social, and economic development.

In another look at the role of youth in politics, Minjun Chen takes us eastward to Asia, where youth nationalism in Japan and Korea over a territorial dispute is rising, and explores strategies for how people-to-people exchanges can help improve long-term prospects for cooperation between two key U.S. allies in Asia.

Finally, Clara Fritts provides a look at an issue closer to home, analyzing how an expanded role for the private sector can help address public concerns over federal government surveillance programs in the United States and begin the difficult process of rebuilding public trust in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks.

Even as challenges to international cooperation and domestic stability appear to be mounting around the world, the benefits that can be realized from seizing emerging opportunities have never been greater. In this issue of New Perspectives in Foreign Policy, we are pleased to offer analysis and insights from leading young professionals on how we can understand today’s emerging challenges.

New Perspectives Editorial Board

Carolyn Barnett, Annie Hudson, Mark Massey, Paul Nadeau, David Parker





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