Sebastian Calcopietro

Chief Republican Writer
Hello, my name is Sebastian or “Seb” and I am currently going into my third year of studies at the University of Exeter, completing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.
Having been born and raised in Washington, DC, I have always been surrounded by politics, having lively debates on a daily basis whether it be at school or at the dinner table. This gave me the unique opportunity to really dive deep into politics
firsthand from a young age and have been quite fortunate to surround myself with politicians, diplomats, and other prominent figures and drivers of politics. While I have quite a distaste for the bipartisan system in the US, I most closely align
with the Republican party. My interest in politics intensified with the 2016 Presidential election, when I witnessed a growing polarization in the US. To clarify, I fundamentally detest Donald Trump. The phrase “fiscally conservative and socially liberal”, albeit somewhat outdated now, would summarize my beliefs in the most simplistic manner.
Now more than ever, I believe civilized political discourse is paramount if we wish to progress into the future. We find ourselves in a milestone of human history and cannot stress how important it is to educate ourselves and become better informed about the world we live in as to not find ourselves on the wrong side of history. Domestic policy as well as foreign policy are two topics that I find extremely intriguing, especially in the last four years with Donald Trump’s lack of underlying strategy regarding these two important aspects of politics. Despite this interest, I strongly disagree with much of Trump’s approach (or lack thereof) to politics. I look forward to bringing a new and different perspective to POI, and to say I am excited to share my opinions and articles with you would be an understatement.
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