Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Sep 18, 2020

It is a recent tradition among occupants of the White House, as they head out of office, to play a few practical jokes on their successors. The Clinton administration jesters, for instance, removed all the Ws from White House keyboards before handing over the keys to George W. Bush’s transition...

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?
Sep 07, 2020

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Sep 04, 2020

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Negotiating the End of Brexit
Aug 25, 2020

Negotiating the End of Brexit

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

Aug 21, 2020

On February 3, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid bare his long-awaited vision of a “global Britain” in a world after Brexit. Speaking amidst the imperial grandeur of Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Johnson’s message was that the United Kingdom, liberated from the...

The BRI: Keeping the Plates Spinning on China’s Economy

The BRI: Keeping the Plates Spinning on China’s Economy

Aug 19, 2020

For decades, the Chinese government has sold to the world the notion that the Chinese economy can defy gravity, maintaining double-digit GDP growth rates year after year in the 1990s and 2000s, and staying above 6% for all of the previous decade, according to official government statistics. The...

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?

Aug 12, 2020

Anthropogenic climate change and the unprecedented shift in the global center of economic gravity from West to East represent two of the most profound macrotrends set to transform the geopolitical landscape in the 21st century. Indeed, as Asia’s emerging powerhouses, notably China, with its...

The World Has Reserves About Its Reserve Currency

The World Has Reserves About Its Reserve Currency

Aug 07, 2020

In a Reuters article dated August 5, with the title “As dollar slides, some investors fret about its status as world's reserve currency,” Saqib Iqbal Ahmed signals what may be the indicator of a looming seismic shift in the global economy. The article highlights the ever more visible fragility...

With the BRI, China Still Has a Long Road Ahead

With the BRI, China Still Has a Long Road Ahead

Aug 06, 2020

To determine whether China can deliver a better Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), we must first ask whether Beijing is first of all capable of delivering a better BRI? Accusations of practicing debt-trap diplomacy and new forms of colonialism have had some impact on Beijing’s thinking, resulting...

Beijing’s BRI Hubris Comes at a Price

Beijing’s BRI Hubris Comes at a Price

Aug 03, 2020

Despite more than 3,000 years of Chinese history, many of the world’s countries had little to no direct experience with China or Chinese investment prior to the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). There was a presumption on the part of many governments that international best practices...

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Jul 09, 2020

As dusk fell on June 15, a bloody clash broke out between Chinese and Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley on the northwest China-India border, where a tributary of the Indus flows westward from Aksai Chin to Ladakh. In line with China’s recent expansionist policy elsewhere, its military had...

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Paraguay’s current president, Mario Abdo Benitez, was elected in April 2018. When he was sworn into office in August that year, it represented a second consecutive five-year term in power for the conservative Colorado Party, following the right-wing presidency of Horacio Cartes. At 48, Abdo...

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

Can the US Help Central Asia Reclaim the Silk Road?

Can the US Help Central Asia Reclaim the Silk Road?

Jun 03, 2020

Everyone likes a snappy pop-cultural title with which to approach international politics and strategy because it makes relatable what is often viewed as an opaque process of the elites. Rudyard Kipling’s “Great Game” was a chessboard and originally referred to the various schemes and...

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