The American Century Ends Early

Mar 08, 2021

Like Gregor Samsa, the never-to-be-forgotten character in Franz Kafka’s story “The Metamorphosis,” we awoke on January 7 to discover that we, too, were “a giant insect” with “a domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments” and numerous “pitifully thin” legs that...

What’s Behind Chile’s Vaccination Success?
Mar 05, 2021

What’s Behind Chile’s Vaccination Success?

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman
Mar 04, 2021

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

Is Dutch Exceptionalism Equipped to Cope With the Pandemic?
Mar 04, 2021

Is Dutch Exceptionalism Equipped to Cope With the Pandemic?

Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought

Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought

Mar 03, 2021

France appears to be living through a strange transitional period that could be described as the waning of the Fifth Republic. It contains no sense of what a sixth republic might look like or why it might even be necessary. But today’s republic, with its unique electoral system, has achieved a...

Is the US Back Under Biden?

Is the US Back Under Biden?

Mar 02, 2021

Caligula was by all accounts a nasty piece of work. During the nearly four years that he ruled over the Roman Empire in the first century CE, Caligula was notorious for sexual predation and extravagant spending. Never one to sell himself short, he proclaimed early on that he was a god. He held the...

What an Afghan Peace Deal Could Look Like

What an Afghan Peace Deal Could Look Like

Mar 02, 2021

In a recent interview with the BBC, President Ashraf Ghani insisted that the condition for peace in Afghanistan depends on the condition of the war. First, according to him, Afghan security forces need international support due to intensifying violence by armed groups, including the Taliban....

Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration

Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration

Mar 01, 2021

Donald Trump’s brand of hyperreality over the past four years relied heavily on melodramatic plotting to keep the audience invested in the performance. To reestablish the more sober style of hyperreality the Democratic Party as an ideological force has come to represent, US President Joe Biden...

The Italian Far Right’s Long-Term Investment

The Italian Far Right’s Long-Term Investment

Mar 01, 2021

When the government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was unable to find eleven lawmakers willing to join its ranks in the house of representatives in order to keep his ruling majority, President Sergio Mattarella decided to offer the former president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi,...

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Feb 26, 2021

When the Ottoman Empire was dismantled in 1922, it created a vacuum which a series of powers have attempted to fill ever since. None has succeeded, and the result has been a century of wars, coups and instability. Iran ruled all these lands before the Arab and Ottoman conquests. It could do so...

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

Feb 26, 2021

The ongoing political crisis in Georgia has been ramped up a notch over the last few days. The polarization of Georgian society, which is reflected at the political level, has reached a new high after the parliamentary elections last October, but especially so since the arrest and imprisonment of...

Will Biden Overturn Sanctions on the ICC?

Will Biden Overturn Sanctions on the ICC?

Feb 26, 2021

From the get-go, US President Joe Biden’s administration has focused on reversing the worst of Donald Trump’s policy decisions. One of the very worst was the imposition of sanctions on individual officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Trump administration was so enamored of...

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It’s Too Late

Biden Should Rejoin the Iran Deal Before It's Too Late

Feb 25, 2021

As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on the new US president and his foreign policy after successive administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international...

Fascism and Peace: Incompatible or Inseparable?

Fascism and Peace: Incompatible or Inseparable?

Feb 25, 2021

For Benito Mussolini, life was an eternal struggle. Shaped by a social Darwinist worldview and following Georges Sorel’s philosophy of the virtue of violence, Il Duce (the leader), as Mussolini was known, regarded war as men’s essential purpose in life. It was through war that he intended to...

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