Europe Feels the Trump Effect

December 13, 2017

Trump’s election has had the unexpected effect of fostering greater initiative from the EU, forcing Europe into taking on a bigger role on the global stage. The day after Donald Trump’s election as US president, a shocked Frank-Walter Steinmeier, then Germany’s foreign minister and now...

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...

The No State Solution

February 20, 2017

Benjamin Netanyahu's solution to the Palestinian problem is reminiscent of Vichy France. Many years ago a senior Israeli government advisor told me, in all earnestness, that many Israelis shared the same view of the Palestinians as the American settlers had of the Native Americans. They were...

Trump’s Flawed Logic Regarding US-Mexico Relations

February 02, 2017

The Trump administration’s proposed Mexico policies regarding immigration and trade will make America’s fears a reality. Minutes after descending from the golden escalator at Trump Tower, Donald Trump fired the first salvo at what would eventually become one of his favorite electoral targets...

Gambian Security Forces Take a Gamble

January 27, 2017

Gambian security chiefs have put their professionalism and loyalty to the constitution in question. The relevance of the military and other security institutions in a democratic state has never been questioned. It is a concern that was raised 2,500 years ago by Plato and subsequent scholars....

Avoiding the Unthinkable in India and Pakistan

December 18, 2016

As Donald Trump ascends to the White House, he’s wading into the most dangerous conflict on the globe. US President-Elect Donald Trump’s off the cuff, chaotic approach to foreign policy had at least one thing going for it, even though it was more the feel of a blind pig rooting for acorns...

Fidel Castro: The Last Great Revolutionary

November 30, 2016

With the death of Fidel Castro, the last great leader in the revolutionary movements of the 20th century has gone. It is with sadness that I learned about the death of the founder of modern Cuba, Comandante Fidel Castro. For the younger generations his may not be a familiar name, but for us...

The Myth of Anarchy in the Age of Trumpism

November 18, 2016

While the age of conventional wars may be over, the real tragedy emerges in streets every day. One of the most prominent arguments in the field of international relations is that the international system is anarchic and chaotic. According to this fundamental premise, unlike domestic politics...

Stephen Colbert Signs Off on the US Election

November 11, 2016

Politics keeps us from remembering all the things we actually have in common. The US presidential election has been a long, ruthless battle for the hearts and minds of America, and it has come to a spectacular end no one expected. With half the nation jubilant, Stephen Colbert nails it when he...

5 Things That Explain Donald Trump’s Victory

November 09, 2016

Donald Trump wins a truly historic US election.  A populist wave that began with Brexit in June reached the United States in stunning fashion on November 8. In one of the biggest upsets in American political history, Donald Trump won a truly historic victory in the US presidential...

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