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“America First” Exposes Itself

“America First” Exposes Itself

There is growing international awareness that America is a net taker, cleverly nurturing its own prosperity at the expense of global prosperity. I recently returned from a month of travel in Europe. While there, I searched far and wide for anyone who had a good word for Trump and managed to...

China Goes Green as the US Goes Black

China Goes Green as the US Goes Black

The US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement puts both the environment and the economy at grave risk. In November 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement came into force, meaning governments that had ratified the accord now had an obligation to reduce human impact on climate change. But on June...

Trump’s Wall vs Private Land

Trump’s Wall vs Private Land

The implementation of President Trump’s border wall faces legal battles over private land. While President Donald Trump intends to build a border wall for the security of the American people, many Americans face the fear of losing their land. Aurora Flores Trigo is among 58 heirs to her...

Let’s Head to the Moon

Let’s Head to the Moon

The moon is a safer bet, not Mars. Well, at least for now. I still remember the night when my siblings, my father, some workers on the farm and I sat around a fire on a cold night in the middle of a jungle, and listened to a decrepit old radio. It was the late 1960s in western India and we were...

Obama Out, Trump In

Obama Out, Trump In

As Donald Trump becomes president, we must remember: We are all observers of history. On January 20, the United States enters a new era. It will no longer be the same country. It will be different from what it has been for the past eight years under Barack Obama. It will also be different from...

How Obama Took Foreign Policy Forward… and Back

How Obama Took Foreign Policy Forward… and Back

When it came to race, climate or diplomacy, Obama was like a visitor from the future. On trade and intervention, however, he was often stuck in the past. For Barack Obama supporters, the last eight years have been a victory of wise leadership over the forces of darkness in Congress and the world...

The World This Week: Barack Obama Bows Out of the White House

The World This Week: Barack Obama Bows Out of the White House

Obama promised change but prized continuity, chose Clinton’s economics over Roosevelt’s, and made historic rapprochements with some longstanding adversaries. The curtain has rung down on the first black president of the United States. After an improbable victory, Barack Hussein Obama is...

The Quest For a Collective Conscience in America

The Quest For a Collective Conscience in America

America will finally begin to realize its promise only when people of conscience stop making excuses for this blighted nation. The depth of the problem has finally dawned on me. I went into the US presidential election expecting that an ignorant electorate could really get it wrong, and they...

America’s Broken Health Care System

America’s Broken Health Care System

Americans need health care but are forced to deal with a convoluted system designed to fail them. For the millions of Americans who do not receive medical coverage from their Employer Sponsored Insurance (ESI), finding something that works tends to be a nightmare. In spite of the Affordable Care...

Brazil at Home and Abroad

Brazil at Home and Abroad

In this special edition of The Interview, Felipe Machado talks to the late Brazilian Ambassador Affonso Celso de Ouro Preto. In April 2009, the richest countries in the world got together for the G20 Summit in London. After lunch, when world leaders were informally chatting, US President Barack...

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...

The United States of Trump

The United States of Trump

Americans are angry but were directed to vent their fury at Mexicans, immigrants and Muslims. The American voting public has just elected Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. Here is why it is a disaster. Trump is a serial business failure. He would be worth twice as much...

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