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Europe Feels the Trump Effect

Europe Feels the Trump Effect

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...

The No State Solution

The No State Solution

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

Trump’s Flawed Logic Regarding US-Mexico Relations

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

Gambian Security Forces Take a Gamble

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

Avoiding the Unthinkable in India and Pakistan

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

Fidel Castro: The Last Great Revolutionary

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

The Myth of Anarchy in the Age of Trumpism

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

Stephen Colbert Signs Off on the US Election

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

5 Things That Explain Donald Trump’s Victory

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...

Hillary Clinton and the Neocons

Hillary Clinton and the Neocons

Veteran GOP foreign policy hawks are flocking to Hillary Clinton. Is it callow opportunism, or a major realignment? Much has been made of the swing in political allegiances of neoconservatives in favor of Hillary Clinton. As a group, Washington’s neocons are generally terrified of Donald...

Donald Trump’s Rebranding of US Politics Matters

Donald Trump’s Rebranding of US Politics Matters

Donald Trump has forced the Republican Party to reconsider its core values and principles and what it will stand for moving forward, whether he wins or not. Why does Donald Trump matter? What factors seem to explain the flourishing of a Trump political brand? There are several possible...

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Hillary Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the Bush era. When Barack Obama was running for office in 2008, he was determined to redirect US military efforts away from the “bad...

Clinton Will Win, Trump Will Protest

Clinton Will Win, Trump Will Protest

With the US presidential election fast approaching, the next chapter of American politics will be an interesting one. The fact-checking is finished, and the polls to determine who won and who lost will soon be wiped from our collective memory. While it lasted, it wasn’t exactly waterboarding...

Can Brexit Be Achieved With Minimal Damage?

Can Brexit Be Achieved With Minimal Damage?

With Theresa May planning to get Brexit talks underway by March 2017, experts weigh in on ways to mitigate the cost to the UK and the EU. The steep dive on October 7 of the British pound in early Asian trading—losing more than 6% against the US dollar—has been attributed to computerized...

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