HJ Mai

HJ Mai is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering politics, business and sports for various U.S. and European publications. Originally from Munich, Germany, HJ most recently worked as the energy reporter and web editor for Pacific Business News in Hawaii. He is currently traveling the U.S. looking for interesting stories. You can reach him at [email protected].

Recent Work

Turkey Moves Away From U.S. Under President Erdogan, No Signs of Turning Back Foreign Affairs
Turkey Moves Away From U.S. Under President Erdogan, No Signs of Turning Back
July 19, 2019
by HJ Mai

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile air defense system has put its relationship with the United States and the NATO alliance in jeopardy.  The White House responded to last week’s news of Ankara accepting the first delivery of the S-400 by ending Turkey’s involvement in... Read More

Leak of Diplomatic Cables Won’t Have Lasting Effect on US-UK Relationship Foreign Affairs
Leak of Diplomatic Cables Won’t Have Lasting Effect on US-UK Relationship
July 12, 2019
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The diplomatic relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom has been rattled by the recent leak of diplomatic cables that described the Trump administration as in a state of disarray.  The leak led to the resignation of Kim Darroch, the British ambassador... Read More

Trump Feud With Soccer Star Rapinoe Rallies Base, Dominates News Cycle In The News
Trump Feud With Soccer Star Rapinoe Rallies Base, Dominates News Cycle
July 9, 2019
by HJ Mai

American soccer fans were treated to another stellar World Cup performance by the U.S. Women’s National Team, capped off by a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s final. Despite winning a record fourth World Cup title, including its second in a row, a lot of... Read More

White House’s Middle East Economic Plan Lacks Historical Understanding Foreign Affairs
White House’s Middle East Economic Plan Lacks Historical Understanding
June 28, 2019
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The White House earlier this week unveiled its long-awaited and highly touted Middle East peace plan. Well, at least the economic portion of it.  To unveil the plan, Washington convened a two-day workshop in Manama, Bahrain, on June 25 and 26. While the workshop... Read More

‘Averse to Using Military Force,’ Trump Calls Off Military Strike, Cites Potential Casualties Foreign Affairs
‘Averse to Using Military Force,’ Trump Calls Off Military Strike, Cites Potential Casualties
June 21, 2019
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The escalation tensions between the United States and Iran nearly reached a tipping point Thursday after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of Iran’s armed forces, confirmed that it shot down an unmanned U.S. Navy drone. President Donald Trump revealed in a series... Read More

US-Saudi Alliance Faces Increased Scrutiny Over MBS Behavior Foreign Affairs
US-Saudi Alliance Faces Increased Scrutiny Over MBS Behavior
June 14, 2019
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The strategic alliance between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia dates back to World War II, though the primary focus in the early years of the relationship at that time was oil. The alliance between Washington and Riyadh has since changed,... Read More

Median Home Prices Continue to Surge in DC Suburbs in Wake of Amazon HQ2 News Economy
Median Home Prices Continue to Surge in DC Suburbs in Wake of Amazon HQ2 News
June 7, 2019
by HJ Mai

Rising home prices in some of the country's largest urban centers have put the America Dream of owning a home out of reach for many middle- to low-income families. While the nation’s capital and its surrounding suburbs are regularly ranked in the top 10 of the... Read More

Mueller’s Public Remarks Stoke Impeachment Pressures on Capitol Hill In The News
Mueller’s Public Remarks Stoke Impeachment Pressures on Capitol Hill
May 31, 2019
by HJ Mai

Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this week gave his first public remarks following the conclusion of his 22-month investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. While the former FBI director did not divulge any new information, his words lit... Read More

Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior Geopolitics
Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
May 24, 2019
by HJ Mai

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led to growing concerns over a potential military conflict. The Trump administration this month deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, bombers and Patriot missiles to the Middle... Read More

Experts Say US-Russian Collaboration on Arms Control Still Vital Foreign Affairs
Experts Say US-Russian Collaboration on Arms Control Still Vital
May 17, 2019
by HJ Mai

The United States and Russia each still possess enough nuclear warheads to ensure mutual destruction in case of an armed conflict between the former superpowers. It’s a scenario that has kept the world and the residents of both countries in a state of collective fear for... Read More

Trump Administration Plays Catch-Up in Arctic Geopolitics
Trump Administration Plays Catch-Up in Arctic
May 10, 2019
by HJ Mai

The Arctic’s environment is undergoing a dramatic shift, with temperatures in the region heating up faster than anywhere else in the world. An area that has long been considered unforgiving to men and machinery could soon host the next global gold rush. While it might still... Read More

America Must Adapt to New Realities As Fight Against Terror Continues Military
America Must Adapt to New Realities As Fight Against Terror Continues
May 7, 2019
by HJ Mai

In late March, United States-backed fighters took control of the last remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria. The battle for Baghouz, which dragged on for weeks, gave President Donald Trump his long-awaited military victory. But while the terror groups’ physical caliphate has been defeated, the fight against... Read More

China’s Xi Pledges ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Corruption to Calm Belt and Road Initiative Criticism Geopolitics
China’s Xi Pledges ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Corruption to Calm Belt and Road Initiative Criticism
April 26, 2019
by HJ Mai

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged transparency and zero tolerance for corruption in an attempt to alleviate criticism for his country’s Belt and Road Initiative from the United States that described the massive infrastructure project as a debt trap for poorer countries. “Everything should be done in... Read More

Bolton Declares Monroe Doctrine ‘Alive and Well’ As White House Eyes Venezuela Foreign Affairs
Bolton Declares Monroe Doctrine ‘Alive and Well’ As White House Eyes Venezuela
April 19, 2019
by HJ Mai

The Trump administration’s ongoing pressure campaign to force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro out of office is based on an almost 200-year-old doctrine – one that was never meant to be a doctrine after all. National Security Advisor John Bolton on Wednesday said that the Monroe Doctrine... Read More

Senators Demand Oversight for Nuclear Energy Talks With Saudi Arabia Foreign Affairs
Senators Demand Oversight for Nuclear Energy Talks With Saudi Arabia
April 15, 2019
by HJ Mai

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would require the  executive branch to issue quarterly reports to Congress when it allows U.S. companies to engage in nuclear energy cooperation with foreign nations. The move comes amid reports that the Trump administration gave several... Read More

As NATO Celebrates 70th Anniversary New Challenges Emerge NATO
As NATO Celebrates 70th Anniversary New Challenges Emerge
April 5, 2019
by HJ Mai

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization celebrated its 70th anniversary this week, making it the longest lasting alliance in history. It may also be the “most successful alliance” in history, according to current NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “No NATO ally has been attacked by another country.... Read More

International Collaboration Seen As Key to Future Space Exploration NASA
International Collaboration Seen As Key to Future Space Exploration
March 29, 2019
by HJ Mai

When Vice President Mike Pence announced earlier this week that the United States plans to put astronauts back on the moon within five years, he appealed to America’s competitive spirit by declaring a new space race against U.S. adversaries China and Russia. Though the U.S. space... Read More

A Merit-Based System Might Not Be The Answer to America’s Immigration Woes Immigration
A Merit-Based System Might Not Be The Answer to America’s Immigration Woes
March 22, 2019
by HJ Mai

The history of the United States is inextricably linked to immigration, but creating a legislative framework that balances economic need with national security concerns appears to be an insurmountable challenge for today’s lawmakers. President Donald Trump has been very clear about his priorities when it comes... Read More

America’s Oil and Natural Gas Boom Continues To Reshape Foreign Policy Energy
America’s Oil and Natural Gas Boom Continues To Reshape Foreign Policy
March 15, 2019
by HJ Mai

For decades, U.S. presidents have pursued energy policies aimed at reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. The first commander in chief to achieve the goal of energy independence could be President Donald Trump, with the United States expected to become a net energy exporter next year.... Read More

Is Europe Turning Its Back on Trump’s America? Foreign Affairs
Is Europe Turning Its Back on Trump’s America?
February 23, 2019
by HJ Mai

The historical alliance between the United States and Western Europe has resulted in an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic, but U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is causing a rift. Tensions at the recent Munich Security Conference highlighted the... Read More

Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Infrastructure
Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
February 23, 2019
by HJ Mai

In his 2018 State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump promised the American people “gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land,” but even back then reports already suggested that the president “hates” part of the infrastructure plan he would unveil... Read More

Venezuela – Trump’s Foreign Policy Excursion Venezuela
Venezuela – Trump’s Foreign Policy Excursion
February 13, 2019
by HJ Mai

In his first two years as the leader of the free world, U.S. President Donald Trump aggressively pushed his “America First” agenda and selectively disengaged the United States from the international stage. He also publicly questioned America’s traditional alliances and called for reforms to international treaties... Read More

Failure to Resolve U.S.-China Trade Dispute Could Lead to a Global Recession Trade
Failure to Resolve U.S.-China Trade Dispute Could Lead to a Global Recession
January 29, 2019
by HJ Mai

Cabinet-level delegations from the U.S. and China will meet in Washington, D.C. starting Wednesday for a pivotal round of negotiations to resolve the ongoing trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. Read More

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