• Joseph Bouchard

    Originally from Quebec City, Joseph earned a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia. He is currently pursuing a Master's of International Affairs in National Security and Diplomacy at the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M. Joseph writes on the intelligence world and the dynamics and politics of modern conflict. He also hosts the monthly Realpolitik podcast, where he invites experts to discuss international security issues. Joseph hopes to work in geopolitical analysis, focusing on national, regional, and hemispheric security in the Americas.

    The West, Canada, and the Mujahedin-e-Khalq

    Founded at the height of the Cold War, the MEK has turned from an ally of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979 to Saddam’s saboteurs in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War, to now being a close strategic partner of those in the West

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    Counterfeit PPE Manufacturing in the United States

    The COVID-19 pandemic has provided transnational organized crime groups with the opportunity to further diversify their financing and increase profits through the manufacturing and trade of counterfeit PPE. The United States, where millions lack basic healthcare and where COVID-19 has been particularly devastating, has been a lucrative target.

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    The Non-Coup in Haiti

    Haiti was one of the first democracies in the Western hemisphere. Yet, it is one of its least functional ones. Will this pattern continue to get worse before it gets better?

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    A New Cold War in Taiwan and the Cuba Paradigm

    Collectively, Taiwan and China are the epicentres of a new Cold War and the West has a role to play in it. To avoid causing another Cuban disaster, past Cold War mistakes should not be repeated. War should be avoided at all costs through diplomatic and mediation efforts.

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