Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

What I heard from 100 Trump supporters

What I heard from 100 Trump supporters

Mar 8, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy “You all can defeat Trump next time, but not if you keep mocking us, refusing to listen to us. It’s Republicans, not Democrats, who will take Trump down.” By Sam Altman After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and...

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Mar 3, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute With important national elections scheduled this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, European officials on edge about possible Russian interference are pursuing various measures to counter it. But with a daily onslaught of fake and misleading news, repeated attempts to hack computer systems of “anti-Moscow”...

 Socialism’s Return

 Socialism’s Return

Feb 21, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. By Patrick Iber For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly successful primary...

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Roberto Savio* ROME (IDN) – Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has...

Europe’s far-right parties got a boost from Trump, but will they govern?

Europe’s far-right parties got a boost from Trump, but will they govern?

Feb 20, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute Since taking office, US President Donald Trump has provoked, exasperated, and unsettled world leaders from Mexico to Australia and the European Union headquarters in Brussels. But there is one constituency that continues to enthusiastically support the president: Europe’s far right, who believe they have found common...

Here’s How the 2018 Midterm Elections Could Be Fatally Undermined

Here’s How the 2018 Midterm Elections Could Be Fatally Undermined

Feb 6, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation By doubling down on their voter-suppression tactics, Trump and Co. could put the House of Representatives beyond the reach of even an overwhelming Democratic majority. By Natalie Reed f you’ll permit an understatement, these have been frightening and uncertain times. Every day, it seems, we wake up to find a new...

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Harnessing the Politics of Disruption

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Mark Leonard LONDON – The United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as US president exposed a deep generational divide. Cosmopolitan millennials and nationalist pensioners – what Thomas Friedman calls “Web People” and “Wall People” – seem to have nothing in common. But both point to the...

Please, Do Not Get Offended, But:

Please, Do Not Get Offended, But:

Jan 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By By Roberto Savio ROME, Jan 22 2017 (IPS) – With the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20, the new leadership of the most powerful nation has signaled it is breaking away from the rest of the world. Here, a few thoughts… a) Those who voted Trump are generally totally unaware of what happens...

Poland’s Morbid Politics

Poland’s Morbid Politics

Dec 23, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Claudia Ciobanu WARSAW, Dec 23 2016 (IPS) – Despite the pain to victims’ families, critics say the Polish government is turning the Smolensk plane crash into a macabre reality show for political gain. The remains of former president Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria were exhumed Nov. 14 from...

DR Congo President Ignores UN and Citizen Protests

DR Congo President Ignores UN and Citizen Protests

Dec 21, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Global Information Network NEW YORK | KINSHASA (IDN) – Considering that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the world’s largest producer of cobalt ore, and a major producer of copper and diamonds, has never had a peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960,...

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