Forget North Korea: India and Pakistan are the Real Worry

October 02, 2017

North Korea's nuclear threat to its southern neighbor pales by comparison to India-Pakistan tensions. The recent provocations from North Korea — missiles fired over Japan on August 29 and September 15, and a sixth nuclear weapon detonated on September 3 — have put the world on edge. With...

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 President is a Ponzi Scheme

September 07, 2017

At home and abroad, Donald Trump's wealthy backers understand that his populist rhetoric is a masquerade. In 1993, I arrived one fall evening in the Romanian city of Cluj. The railway station was mysteriously full of people, and the city outside was crowded and frenetic. I was mystified. Why did...

Why is North Korea a Problem at All?

September 01, 2017

Both the US and North Korea are making threats without any clear idea of what they are trying to achieve. The present cliff edge in US-North Korean relations stems from the Trump administration being solely focused on the symptom of the nuclear threat rather than the underlying disease that has...

What the US Should Avoid in Venezuela

August 25, 2017

America's Cold War-era policies won't work against Venezuela.  If the United States government was intent on choosing an ineffective and damaging response to the crisis in Venezuela, it need only use its foreign policy toward South and Central America during the Cold War as a blueprint....

Will Recent Congressional Actions Have Any Impact on US Foreign Policy?

August 17, 2017

US Congress isn’t “stepping up” on foreign policy so much as sticking to a decades-old policy status quo. President Donald Trump just signed into law a bill reinforcing sanctions on Russia. And, for a brief time, Congress seemed ready to revisit the Authorization for Use of Military Force...

Who’s a “Bad Jew”?

July 26, 2017

Progressive Jewish groups are rising to criticize the Israeli occupation and fight fundamentalism in both Israel and the West. In the TV show Transparent, the Pfeffermans are an infuriating family. Mort, the patriarch, is transitioning to Maura, and much of the focus of the show is on the...

Washington, We Have a Problem

July 16, 2017

EU Enlargement: The Target for the Western Balkans

July 14, 2017

If countries of the Western Balkans are to have any prospect of overcoming economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. A recent study by the World Bank indicates that the economies of the Western Balkans will need to grow at annual rates of at least 6% if...

When Yazidi Leaders Speak

July 11, 2017

The Yazidis of the Middle East have been persecuted for centuries. But who are they? Since 2014, a unique ethno-religious community in northern Iraq/Kurdistan known as the Yazidis have been persecuted ruthlessly by the Islamic State (IS). The information within this article is built upon what...

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