The Mount of Autocrats

Jul 10, 2020

Donald Trump would dearly like to add his face to Mount Rushmore as the fifth presidential musketeer. His fireworks-and-fury extravaganza on July 3 was the next best thing. Trump’s dystopian speech was almost beside the point. Much more important was the photo op of his smirking face next to...

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face
Jul 09, 2020

Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

China Continues Its Persecution of Uighur Muslims
Jul 01, 2020

China Continues Its Persecution of Uighur Muslims

Black Lives Matter Protests Are Not the Cultural Revolution
Jun 19, 2020

Black Lives Matter Protests Are Not the Cultural Revolution

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

Jun 16, 2020

Article 1 of the UN Refugee Convention defines a refugee as “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” In...

Why India and China Are Fighting Right Now

Why India and China Are Fighting Right Now

Jun 15, 2020

The border clash between China and India has made the headlines of international news. On May 5, troops from both countries confronted each other on the banks of Pangong Lake in Ladakh, the northernmost region of India. Four days later, they squared off in North Sikkim, an area of India that...

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Jun 04, 2020

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about the World Health Organization (WHO), China and the world at large. In fact, we do not like it at all, but Trump has a point, and acknowledging it would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led...

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...

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

Jun 02, 2020

It should be apparent to most observers of international relations that the Chinese government wants the world to play by its own set of rules. Beijing appears to believe that China’s rise and its assumption of global leadership positions are an inevitable extension of earlier periods in its...

The 2020 Pandemic Election

The 2020 Pandemic Election

May 29, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic is dissected in the 2020 presidential election debates, Donald Trump will be at a disadvantage. The coronavirus has killed over 100,000 Americans and maimed thousands more. The caveat is that deaths per capita, rather than total deaths, better measure national failure,...

Trump’s Great Disentanglement From China

Trump’s Great Disentanglement From China

May 22, 2020

Economists like to think of the wreckage caused by stock market downturns, widespread bankruptcies and corporate downsizing as “creative destruction.” As it destroys the old and the dysfunctional, the capitalist system continually spurs innovation, much as a forest fire prepares the ground for...

The Limits of Western “Creativity” Facing China

The Limits of Western “Creativity” Facing China

May 20, 2020

The disastrous numbers produced by the coronavirus crisis in the US have generated a second pandemic, one that will predictably last for just the next six months: the virus of electoral rhetoric focused on blaming an overseas enemy. Whereas the Democrats, clinging to their Cold War nostalgia,...

Water Becomes a Weapon in China’s Geopolitical Chess

Water Becomes a Weapon in China’s Geopolitical Chess

May 14, 2020

Many centuries ago, the great Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu observed: “The nature of water is such that it avoids heights and hastens to the lowlands. When a dam is broken, the water cascades with irresistible force. Now the shape of an army resembles water. Take advantage of the enemy’s...

The Colorful World of Coronavirus Conspiracies

The Colorful World of Coronavirus Conspiracies

May 13, 2020

A few days ago, thousands of demonstrators gathered in a number of German cities, ignoring government restrictions and guidelines regarding social distancing or the wearing of protective face masks. Among the demonstrators were many ordinary citizens, but also extremists from both sides of the...

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