Will Trump’s Asian Policy Fail?

Once again, Donald Trump makes statements that cause rage and astonishment across the globe. In December 2017 Trump announced what he called “America First National Security Strategy”. This strategy highlighted the US major concerns and how the administration plans to deal with them. The 68-pages document involves a lot about dealing with US biggest rivals; China and Russia. Both countries are enjoying growing powers in the South Asian region. The current administration thinks that it will ultimately threaten the US’s

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Will Trump’s Asian Policy Fail?

Once again, Donald Trump makes statements that cause rage and astonishment across the globe. In December 2017 Trump announced what he called “America First National Security Strategy”. This strategy highlighted the US major concerns and how the administration plans to deal with them. The 68-pages document involves a lot about dealing with US biggest rivals; China and Russia. Both countries are enjoying growing powers in the South Asian region. The current administration thinks that it will ultimately threaten the US’s prosperity and welfare.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are also mentioned in the document. The internal peace of Afghanistan is a major issue with special focus given to the Indian role to restore peace. India is one of the biggest allies for the United States in the region and can help restore balance along the Indian Ocean.

At the same time, Pakistan is also mentioned with special requests to identify their counterterrorism efforts. If the Pakistani government wishes to achieve peace then they will have to make sure that their partnership with the US is safe. Pakistan will have to offer all Taliban militias on the negotiation table if they want to live in peace.

The question remains if the US policy will fail. With Trump’s statements and eccentric actions, the future is still uncertain.

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Will Palestinians Settle In Sinai?

There are a lot of speculations about the best solution for the permanent problems of the Palestinians. With growing conflict, finding an alternative land for them seems to be a feasible option. Donald Trump, the American President has been eyeing Sinai as a new home to the people of Palestine who are currently causing a lot of imbalance to the foundations of Israel.

But the answer to the problem is not that easy. When the Israeli Social Equality Minister, Gila Gamliel called for a Palestinian homeland in Sinai, her proposal was received with great social and political dismay. Government officials and most Egyptians made it very clear that this solution is unacceptable. The proposal goes back to 2014 when it was equally rejected by the Palestinian and Egyptian sides.

Gamliel insists that this might be the only practical solution to the current situation although it might not be appealing to Israel’s Arab neighbors and to the Egyptian side in particular. She further explains that there should be no state for Palestine between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean. This means that the conflict will remain, thus affecting other countries. For this reason, it only makes sense that parts of their lands should be considered while working out a solution.

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Lifting the Refugee Ban: Is Trump Really Letting More People In?

Last January, Trump decided to lift the ban that was earlier approved concerning refugees of 11 countries. Nevertheless, the International Rescue Committee decided to allow about 21,000 refugees only this year, a number way below the 45,000 limit set by the administration. The early ban decision caused chaos, discomfort and raised a lot of question marks concerning the US opinion regarding some of its political allies like Egypt and regions that suffer from war crisis like Syria.

The number is way less than the average number admitted over the last decade and the target set by the previous Obama administration. Donald Trump made it very clear in Davos that the US welcomes foreign investments but is not interested in offering help; a situation that caused anger among world leaders.

Unlike Obama, Trump is not concerned about raising the cap to help refugees of the civil war in Syria. While 15% of the US refugees arrived from Syria in 2017, the number is likely to fall to only 0.5% in 2018. This is mainly caused by the ban Trump put on traveling from 11 countries, including Syria. There are also more restrictions on the demographics of the refugees let in which means that only 13% of them identify as Muslims. The ban was initially blocked by courts but no one can deny the kind of confusion it caused. Right now, the ban is lifted but this doesn’t mean that things are easier. There are still more in-depth interviews and more invasive background checks before letting people in.

The number of refugees from Muslim countries like Iraq and Syria who settled during the first month of 2018 represents an insignificant percentage of the number who settled in the US over the same period of time in 2017. This only shows how intolerant the new administration is. Trump actually made it very clear that the US is not ready to accept more refugees. His administration even took a further step by curbing legal immigration by ending visas for family members of US neutralized citizens.

The current situation raises a lot of ethical questions. Most politicians agree that such policies deprive refugees of their right to live decent lives. They have no other option than to go through hardships in areas of conflict. The settlement process usually took a couple of years involving a lot of medical and background check to make sure that everyone was given a fair chance. But things now seem more challenging. British politician David Miliband expresses his great dismay regarding Trump’s new decisions. He insists that his decisions only aim to deprive the refugees and their families of the only chance they have to stay alive.

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