America’s Absence from the Global Stage

December 01, 2017

America was once the colossus around which all other peace-loving, democratic or aspiring democratic nations rallied, says former US Ambassador Gary Grappo. Global crises and near-crises, hotspots and powder kegs appear to be multiplying daily. All of them have implications not only for...

Trump’s Enablers Should Be Shamed Out of Public Life

October 23, 2017

The evidence is in: The "adults in the room" at the White House have enabled Trump's worst impulses, not checked them. In the middle of September, Harvard University announced that it was inviting two controversial new fellows to the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School: former Trump...

Putin Makes an Offer Trump Can’t Refuse

January 17, 2017

A mutual disregard for principled politics will unite Presidents Putin and Trump. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have one thing in common: they are both unburdened by principles. Trump’s election threatens to bring America down to Putin’s level where only self interest counts. They both...

Russia Returns in Show of Force

January 12, 2017

Russia’s new foreign policy doctrine sees the return of military force.  In early December 2016, the Russian Federation published its new foreign policy doctrine. The previous update was in 2013, at the threshold of the Ukrainian crisis. Since then, it has been interesting to see how the...

Solving Mexico’s Oil Crisis

January 06, 2017

An increase in gasoline prices is causing havoc in Mexico. Mexico starts 2017 with two trending topics: the announcement of new gasoline prices to the market, and multiple protests inspired by the adjustment period in the form of a 20% price hike. But while Mexicans are filled with outrage,...