Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Mar 14, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Nasim Ahmed When pro-democracy protests started six years ago in Syria’s southern city, Daraa, few would have anticipated that the violent clampdown by the regime would trigger a brutal civil war. Even fewer would have expected it to last more than six years. While the war has been characteristically unpredictable,...

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Mar 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate US President Donald Trump is finally getting down to the hard work of trying to please his blue-collar supporters and his administration’s resident plutocrats. The results so far are as incoherent as the electoral coalition that brought him to power. By Project Syndicate Donald Trump’s economic-policy agenda during the 2016 US...

Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation: al-Bab and Beyond

Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation: al-Bab and Beyond

Mar 1, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Göktuğ Sönmez Turkish troops and Syrian rebels have claimed almost complete control of the Syrian town of al-Bab, including the town center, pushing back Islamic State (IS) fighters who have held the area since late 2013 and opening up a path to Raqqa, IS’ de facto capital in Syria (Hürriyet, February 23)....

Risks in Rush to Crush ISIS

Risks in Rush to Crush ISIS

Mar 1, 2017

Originally Published on Consortiumnews President Trump’s vow to crush the Islamic State quickly may lead to hasty actions that could compound the problem rather than solve it, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar A couple of tendencies that are all too common in policymaking and policy debate tend to make for unwise foreign commitments or...

US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation, says Sanders

US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation, says Sanders

Feb 28, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Monday that the US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation. He made his comments at a conference organised by J Street, an advocacy group aiming to advance Israeli-US interests and a two-state solution. “The occupation runs against...

Willaim J. Astore on Afghanistan: Losing a War One Bad Metaphor at a Time

Willaim J. Astore on Afghanistan: Losing a War One Bad Metaphor at a Time

Feb 28, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Thrashing About in the Afghan Petri Dish By William J. Astore America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history.  The phrase “no end in sight” barely covers the situation.  Prospects of victory — if victory is defined as eliminating that country as a haven for...

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

Feb 21, 2017

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges in the US, accrued over the past quarter-century. The timing of his extradition, on President Barack Obama’s final day in office, led to much speculation...

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Wolfgang Ischinger MUNICH – Donald Trump’s presidency poses a stress test for Europe, for transatlantic relations, and for the world as a whole. Indeed, in many ways, Trump’s “America first” policy is defined by its opposition to the internationalist US foreign policy of the past eight decades. For starters, Trump says that...

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Volker Perthes and Oliver Meier BERLIN – Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, its political and military relations with the West have deteriorated sharply. Russian military redeployments, exercises, and threats have increased insecurity across Europe. NATO has responded by increasing its military presence in...

Trump’s Palestine Quandary

Trump’s Palestine Quandary

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – This week’s meeting between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – the first between the two leaders since Trump took office – was supposed to focus on their shared desire to reverse the Iran nuclear deal. But the Israeli Knesset’s retroactive legalization of...

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