Leaving Afghan Allies Behind Is a Threat to US Security

September 21, 2021

The grave humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is one thing. It speaks for itself. What is not spoken about are the implications it carries for Americans. The one element that is crucially being (publicly) ignored by the US government and the US media is that former employees and contractors of...

Understanding and Misunderstanding the Biden Doctrine

September 17, 2021

US Foreign policy has long been more about the evocative vocabulary used to describe it than the geopolitical reality it is meant to address. The vocabulary politicians and the media use to define foreign policy belongs to a tissue of artificially generated illusions that serve not so much to...

How America Won the War in Afghanistan

September 15, 2021

The Second World War ruined our concept of conflict. It led us to believe that conflicts are wars, and wars consist of two sides fighting, with a singular monolithic outcome that one side wins. Everyone comes home. There is a parade. A sailor kisses a woman. Boom. War won. This is a myth of...

Will the Taliban End Up Under the Influence?

September 06, 2021

Yahoo News Senior Editor Mike Bebernes asks the big question on everyone’s mind after the American debacle in Afghanistan: “Does the U.S. have any real leverage over the Taliban?” After summarizing the immediate political background of the topic, he compares the speculative answers of a...

Understanding the Financial News: Are Truisms True?

September 25, 2019

Interviewed on CNBC, Leon Cooperman, described by Marketwatch as the “billionaire boss at Omega Advisors,” complained ominously about the prospect of Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders being elected US president. He explained why it would be bad for the economy. The author of the article,...

The Fallacies of Russia’s Apologists

April 02, 2014

There is simply no justification for Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea. The erroneous rationalization offered for Russia's annexation of Crimea proceeds along one or more of the following lines: 1: The US, NATO and other Western governments left Vladimir Putin and Russia no...

MH370 and Maritime Security: A Fresh Start for Cooperation?

The search for Flight MH370 has resulted in cooperation between countries locked in maritime disputes. By Sukjoon Yoon Since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 8, several countries have been participating in extensive Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian...

Putin’s End Game in Crimea

March 15, 2014

The Crimean referendum highlights the differences in strategy between the West and Russia. As Crimea's referendum on March 16 dawns, tensions in Simferopol begin to escalate. Russian troops, whose presence has become increasingly intimidating over the past week, have made attempts to...

Barking at Russia is Easy, Biting is Not

March 06, 2014

Bungling with Russia over Crimea will send the West knocked out with a bloody nose. One way or another, it was a crisis a long time coming. Europe has arguably sleepwalked into a reluctant confrontation with Russia. The continent’s next-door behemoth of a neighbor, saddled by a man it...

Return of the Great Game or the Cold War?

March 05, 2014

Is the Crimea crisis a sign of a return to the Great Game or the Cold War? The crisis in the Crimea Autonomous Republic of Ukraine, wrought by the recent fall of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president and subsequent introduction of Russian troops in Crimea, revives memories of the 19th...

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