America’s Coronavirus: Containing the Outbreak of Trumpism

January 31, 2020

The epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak is widely thought to be a wet market in Wuhan. At such markets, seafood, chicken and other conventional foodstuffs are on sale alongside live animals. You can buy more than just dogs and cats there: Local epicures also shop for more exotic fare like...

Syria Airstrikes Have No Strategy in Sight

April 14, 2018

The possibility of airstrikes against Syria demonstrates yet again how policy undermines military strategy. On April 12, Britain’s emergency “war cabinet” sat to deliberate airstrikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria as a response to yet another chemical attack...

The New, New Cold War

March 08, 2018

The Cold War has been around, in various permutations, for a long time. It'll take patience, organizing, compromises and some luck to bury it once and for all. When an epoch ends, as the Cold War did between 1989 and 1991, it takes some time to come up with a name for the new order. For some...

The Positive Effects of Trump’s Challenge to NAFTA

March 06, 2018

The NAFTA renegotiations are bringing Mexico and Canada closer together, at last. Since the start of diplomatic relations in 1944, and until very recently, economic and political links between Canada and Mexico were limited. Their geographic positions have historically (and strongly) shaped...

Russiagate or Deep State?

February 16, 2018

The bizarre denialism of some on the left and right about Russiagate doesn't bode well for the future of American politics. When it comes to the Russiagate scandal, progressives usually take one of two positions. They either dismiss the scandal as a lot of hooey, a “nothing burger,” just a...

Lessons in Diplomacy: We Need Our Friends and Allies

February 14, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to former US ambassador David D. Pearce. President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy has been met with criticism both at home and abroad, not only for its perceived protectionism on economic issues, but also for heralding a new...

Russiaburger: The Trump-Russia Scandal Explained

February 09, 2018

It's now clear that the Russians offered help and members of the Trump campaign accepted. But the real scandal may be money laundering. The discussion of the Russia file these days sounds like the review of a fast-food restaurant. Echoing that infamous catchphrase of Wendy’s that became a...

Global Economy: What to Expect in 2018

January 31, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to the executive managing director of the Institute of International Finance, Hung Tran.  With President Donald Trump's threat to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) still on course, key industry groups such as the...

The Making of a “Shithole” World

January 19, 2018

Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of US foreign policy are worse. The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some US diplomats have referred to the country as...

“Shithole” Countries? The Media’s Portrayal of Africa Reconsidered

January 16, 2018

It’s time to take a hard look at the role of the news media in creating and perpetuating a horribly simplistic and stereotypical portrayal of Africa. US President Donald Trump's alleged remarks questioning why the US should take in immigrants from what he apparently called “shithole...

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