For Vladimir Putin, Survival Is All That Matters

January 05, 2022

In a recent article on Fair Observer titled, “Making Sense of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game,” Atul Singh and Glenn Carle make the case that Russia’s president has an overarching plan to bring back the tsarist empire. They contend that Putin has thought deeply about strategy and tactics...

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship
December 08, 2021

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

Finding the Source of Australian National Strength in the China Context
December 02, 2021

Finding the Source of Australian National Strength in the China Context

Water World: Is Climate Change Driving Our Future Out to Sea?  
November 29, 2021

Water World: Is Climate Change Driving Our Future Out to Sea?  

What No One Wants to Hear About Growth

What No One Wants to Hear About Growth

November 25, 2021

Some 40 years ago, the Club of Rome published a study with what at the time was a relatively provocative title, “The Limits to Growth.” The book appeared at a time of rising environmental consciousness and growing uneasiness with respect to the state of the planet. Throughout the advanced...

Why Democratic Nations Must Boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics

Why Democratic Nations Must Boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics

November 12, 2021

World capitals and Olympic committees will soon need to make a consequential decision. They can either reward and reinforce Chinese President Xi Jinping's unprecedented power grab — at home and abroad — by participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in the name of “political neutrality,” or...

Will the US Maintain Its Strategic Ambiguity Toward Taiwan?

Will the US Maintain Its Strategic Ambiguity Toward Taiwan?

November 09, 2021

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen recently confirmed reports that US Marines and special operators are training local troops on the island, reflecting growing concerns in Washington over the state Taiwanese-Chinese relations. In her statement, President Tsai said she had faith that the US would...

On China, The Times Avoids Substance to Promote Propaganda

On China, The Times Avoids Substance to Promote Propaganda

November 09, 2021

The New York Times has produced one of the silliest news articles about Chinese history — or, for that matter, anyone’s history — ever written. Chris Buckley’s article, “To Steer China’s Future, Xi Is Rewriting Its Past,” is misleading in more respects than one. It claims to be about...

Uncertain Times in a World Without American Hegemony

Uncertain Times in a World Without American Hegemony

November 03, 2021

The international order is in deep trouble, and not only since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not how things were supposed to turn out. The collapse of the “evil empire,” the end of the Cold War and the integration of Central and Eastern Europe into the EU were supposed to...

China, the Bogeyman of the New Cold War

China, the Bogeyman of the New Cold War

October 27, 2021

Associated Press reporter Nomaan Merchant has been listening to the latest warnings from the US intelligence community that wants the public to understand it is time to be seriously afraid of China. It’s not just about Beijing’s military might. The real problem is that the Chinese are thieves,...

China’s Policy of Illusory Security Is Destined to Fail in Afghanistan

China’s Policy of Illusory Security Is Destined to Fail in Afghanistan

October 19, 2021

Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has been transformed into a paranoid state fanatically motivated by ensuring security at any and all cost. This obsession stems from the desire to maintain the physical security of the Chinese mainland, to safeguard Beijing’s investments abroad...

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

October 07, 2021

In early September, with the war in Afghanistan officially over and the Middle East retreating from the media’s landscape, The New York Times began preparing the American public for the next theater of war. This time it will be just off the coast of mainland China, in Taiwan. There will be no...

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy

September 28, 2021

For over 50 years, I have been writing about foreign policy — mostly America’s but those of other nations as well. I think I have a pretty good grasp of places like Turkey, China, India, Russia and the European Union. I regret that I am less than sure-footed in Africa and Latin...

What Is the Ruckus Over AUKUS?

What Is the Ruckus Over AUKUS?

September 27, 2021

Earlier this month, the US, UK and Australia announced an unprecedented agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines to the Australian Navy. The move provoked outrage from France, which had been negotiating the sale of conventionally-powered submarines to the Australians. French ire led to...

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