The Politics of American Protest: A North Korean Twist

Jul 16, 2021

Gwen Berry recently protested the playing of the US national anthem by turning away from the flag and holding up a shirt that read “activist athlete.” The protest took place at the Olympic trials in Oregon where Berry had placed third in the hammer throw competition. Her action immediately...

The Role Turkey Can Play in Afghanistan
Jul 13, 2021

The Role Turkey Can Play in Afghanistan

America’s Afghan War Is Over. But What About Iraq and Iran?
Jul 13, 2021

America’s Afghan War Is Over. But What About Iraq and Iran?

The Changing Nature of the Three-Block War
Jul 06, 2021

The Changing Nature of the Three-Block War

Britain Must Protect Afghanistan’s Chevening Scholars

Britain Must Protect Afghanistan’s Chevening Scholars

Jul 05, 2021

On June 1, the UK defense and home secretaries announced that the local staff who worked for the British government in Afghanistan, including many interpreters for the British military, would be eligible for expedited relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy...

The Libyan Government Faces Numerous Challenges

The Libyan Government Faces Numerous Challenges

Jul 05, 2021

On February 5, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), a 75-member body, supervised by the United Nations, approved Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh’s list of officials to temporarily run national affairs. Their mandate will last until presidential and parliamentary elections take place on December 24....

So Far, Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Proving Too Conventional

So Far, Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Proving Too Conventional

Jul 02, 2021

On the domestic front, Joe Biden is flirting with transformational policies around energy, environment, and infrastructure. It’s not a revolution, but it’s considerably less timid than what Barack Obama offered in that pre-Trump, pre-pandemic era. When it comes to foreign policy, however,...

Christianism: The Elephant in the Extremism Room

Christianism: The Elephant in the Extremism Room

Jul 01, 2021

I contend that my subject matter is something of an elephant in our global room, but I should warn that it is equally a thoroughly unhappy one: religiously-inspired, revolutionary political violence. For nearly 20 years now, scarcely a day has gone by without reportage on Islamism. This type of...

UFOs and the Strategy of Affirmative Uncertainty

UFOs and the Strategy of Affirmative Uncertainty

Jun 28, 2021

In recent months, the build-up has been accelerating. In recent weeks, the media would hardly let a day go by without whetting the appetites of those who expected everyone’s favorite truthteller, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to reveal the long-awaited truth. Analyzing the...

The Reassuring Presence of Multiple Threats

The Reassuring Presence of Multiple Threats

Jun 25, 2021

In April, the US director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, presented an important document produced by the nation’s intelligence community, the 2021 Annual Threat Assessment. It was designed to demonstrate that the newly inaugurated president, Joe Biden, is ready to respond to any or all...

Iran’s Hardliners Are Back

Iran’s Hardliners Are Back

Jun 25, 2021

To some critics, US elections are managed affairs. According to this cynical view, the “powers that be” narrow the field of candidates, the two parties don’t represent the real range of public opinion in the country, and periodic elections are just shadow plays staged by powerbrokers behind...

Joe Biden Meets Afghanistan’s Leaders as the Country Faces Collapse

Joe Biden Meets Afghanistan’s Leaders as the Country Faces Collapse

Jun 25, 2021

The security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating dramatically. The Taliban have captured the country’s border crossing to Tajikistan. Prospects of civil war have risen. Even as the US withdrawal gains momentum, Afghan leaders are visiting Washington to meet President Joe Biden on June...

How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win in Iran

How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win in Iran

Jun 24, 2021

It was common knowledge that a US failure to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) before the Iranian presidential election would help conservative hard-liners to win. Indeed, on June 18, the conservative Ebrahim Raisi was elected as the new president of Iran. Raisi has a record...

NATO’s New Challenge in East Asia

NATO’s New Challenge in East Asia

Jun 16, 2021

US President Joe Biden used the occasion of his trip to Europe for the G7 summit to attend his first NATO meeting. His influence on the meeting appeared unambiguously when a communiqué by the NATO alliance designated China’s influence on the world stage as a military challenge.  NATO...

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