Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart?

January 10, 2022

After the shambolic US withdrawal, Afghanistan faces an existential problem: Its very existence as a state is now in question. Most people forget that Afghanistan is a patchwork of disparate ethnic groups and remote villages. Unlike Germany or Japan, it is not and has never been a nation-state....

Can a Non-Lethal Eco-Terrorism Strategy Pay Off?
January 07, 2022

Can a Non-Lethal Eco-Terrorism Strategy Pay Off?

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes
January 05, 2022

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes

The Global Climate Crisis Is the New Frontier of Justice
January 04, 2022

The Global Climate Crisis Is the New Frontier of Justice

Making Sense of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game

Making Sense of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game

December 24, 2021

On November 21, Bloomberg reported that US intelligence had shared Russian plans for a potential invasion of Ukraine with its NATO allies. Estimates indicated about 100,000 soldiers in around 100 battalion tactical groups were deployed on the Ukrainian border. Since then, this troop buildup has...

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Needs a Rethink

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Needs a Rethink

December 21, 2021

In 2019, former US President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation about a conversation he had with Donald Trump, the incumbent president at the time. He said Trump called him for advice about China. Carter, who normalized US ties with China in 1979, told the president that the United States had...

Could There Be War With Russia?

Could There Be War With Russia?

December 17, 2021

First, let’s be clear: Russia already invaded Ukraine. At the end of February 2014, Russian soldiers without insignia seized key facilities in Crimea and then helped secessionists in eastern Ukraine some weeks later. Crimea is now under Russian control and a civil war continues to flare up over...

The Response to Russia’s Brinkmanship Over Ukraine

The Response to Russia’s Brinkmanship Over Ukraine

December 16, 2021

The Russian military buildup along Ukrainian borders conducted over the last few months — similar to an escalation by Russia in April — has led to new direct talks between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The biggest fear in the West is whether...

Can Self-Help Diplomacy Lower Political Heat in the Middle East?

Can Self-Help Diplomacy Lower Political Heat in the Middle East?

December 13, 2021

Since the end of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, the United States has been the unchallenged dominant power in the Middle East and North Africa. As such, it often saw its role, for better or worse, as fixing the region’s many problems. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq and Saddam Hussein, Iran,...

10 Problems With US Foreign Policy Under Biden

10 Problems With US Foreign Policy Under Biden

December 10, 2021

The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it’s not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed — or even infuriated.  There are one or two positive developments, such as the renewal of Barack Obama's New START...

Guns and the Wrong Side of Rights

Guns and the Wrong Side of Rights

December 09, 2021

The land that continues to pray for the well-being and continued prosperity of its Second Amendment has, according to Education Week, seen “30 school shootings this year, 22 since August 1.” The most spectacular multiple shooting occurred on November 30, when 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley used...

The Assad Family Has Been Shaping Syria for 50 Years

The Assad Family Has Been Shaping Syria for 50 Years

December 09, 2021

It has been over a decade since a civil uprising began in Syria during the height of the Arab Spring. What started in March 2011 soon developed into a civil war between the government of Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian opposition, made up of various factions with different ideologies. Throughout...

Will Saudi-Iran Talks Lead to Anything?

Will Saudi-Iran Talks Lead to Anything?

December 08, 2021

Saudi Arabia and Iran have engaged in four rounds of talks over the last six months, the most recent of which with the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi already inaugurated as president. A fifth meeting is expected to take place before the end of 2021. The success of the negotiations will depend, to an...

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

December 08, 2021

Taiwan is a problem. Historically separate from but linked to China, Taiwan was colonized by the Dutch and partially by the Spanish in the 17th century. Through a series of conflicts between aboriginal forces allied with the Ming dynasty and European colonial forces who also fought amongst...

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