Are New Middle Eastern Alliances Reshaping the Region?

Political spats and rifts in the Middle East could lead to proxy wars and potentially redraw demarcation lines for new states in parts of Iraq and Turkey. The Middle East is witnessing a total makeover that may change the rules of war, peace and stability not only in the region, but also the...

Diplomacy With China is Not That Easy

December 21, 2016

President Trump’s China policy cannot be based on deal making alone. Despite all the anti-Chinese remarks he made, Donald Trump was a surprising hero among Chinese nationalists during the presidential campaign. The former reality TV star drew his support from Chinese netizens either privately...

The World This Week: A Terrible Tragedy Afflicts Aleppo

December 18, 2016

Aleppo marks a new low in the Middle East’s own version of the Thirty Years’ War where geopolitical rivalries are worsening horrific sectarian strife. In the September 25 edition of The World This Week, this author analyzed the reasons for the Syrian Civil War and called it a never-ending...

Donald Trump’s Bomb Squad

December 16, 2016

One or two bomb throwers can blow up the international community. Donald Trump is appointing a whole cabinet of them. Shortly after the November election, a friend sent me a photo via Facebook. It was a sandwich board outside a bookstore in Massachusetts. It read: “Post-apocalyptic fiction...

The World This Week: Dirty Oil Drives the Global Economy

December 04, 2016

House prices and oil prices rose this week, raising prospects of short-term economic growth while amplifying possibilities of long-term damage to the planet. This week, house prices in the United States hit a record. Believe it or not, the average home price for September is 0.1% above the...

The World This Week: High Court Throws a Googly at Brexit

November 06, 2016

Brexit was always going to be tricky, but the High Court has made it trickier with a judgment that forces the British Parliament to decide on the issue. Just when the pound was plummeting and Brexit was in the air, the wise judges of the High Court threw a googly at British Prime Minister...

The World This Week: Thai King’s Death Raises Royal Question

October 16, 2016

With the death of the old king, time might be running out for Thailand’s anachronistic, regressive and repressive monarchy. This was a week of much upheaval. Even as the pound continued to tumble, tragedy struck Haiti. Hurricane Matthew killed over 1,000 people in the town of Jérémie. In...

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump: Who Will Win?

October 07, 2016

Voting in a US presidential candidate who can manage America’s fragile social fabric and foreign policy has never been more important. BACKGROUND Given the drama that has unfolded in 2016, with talk of border walls, political revolutions, Twitter wars and health scares, it feels like...

Delayed Elections Sabotage Somalia’s Democratic Dreams

October 04, 2016

For Somalia to achieve peace and democracy, state-building must be the new federal government’s cornerstone policy. Somalia was supposed to have a new parliament in August, followed shortly thereafter by parliamentarians voting in a new president on September 10. This imperfect system has...

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