How Effective Is China’s Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak?

February 04, 2020

Just a month into the start of the new decade, the world is faced with one of the worst public health crises in recent years. Since its initial emergence in the city of Wuhan in early December 2019, a new coronavirus has spread rapidly from Hubei province to the whole of China and other parts of...

Hurricane Donald Hits the Republican Party

September 14, 2017

If Trump succeeds in ramping up military spending and gutting everything else, we’ll be left with a bunch of nukes and an underfunded state. The storm inside the Republican Party has reached category four. At the end of August, as Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas, and Hurricane Irma was...

High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump

September 06, 2017

The US blames everyone but itself for the sorry state of global affairs. Let me try to get this straight: From the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently, just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation,...

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy

August 24, 2017

Some in the Trump administration are still eyeing regime change in North Korea. They're missing what's really going on over there. The United States has beaten its head against the wall of North Korea for more than 70 years, and that wall has changed little indeed as a result. The US, meanwhile,...

Dragging Out the Doklam Conflict is Futile for Both India and China

August 23, 2017

If China doesn’t want its territorial sovereignty breached, it needs to respect that of its neighbors. Last week, China’s Xinhua News’ The Spark show had a unique guest: A turbaned man, with a visibly Indian accent, appears clueless about India’s seven “sins,” as the video goes on to...

The Pitfalls of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

March 05, 2017

To succeed, China must start acting like a player instead of an economic sugar daddy that hides behind the principle of non-interference. Troubled ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka—envisioned as part of China’s string of pearls linking the Eurasian heartland to the Middle Kingdom—exemplify...

The World This Week: Can Godfather China Control Troublesome North Korea?

February 26, 2017

Deep cracks appear between China and North Korea after the macabre murder of the half-brother of Kim Jong-un in Malaysia. The Godfather is a Hollywood classic based on the Sicilian mafia with twists and turns that make for riveting viewing. In this movie about the Corleone clan, Michael gets...

China Transformed: A New Balance of Power

February 09, 2017

At a time when nationalism is on the rise, China is at a crossroads. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. The transformation of China is the most important global economic story of the past 40 years. It has changed the balance of power on the Eurasian landmass, in ways we are only...