By setting the terms for political reality, Machiavelli helps lay the foundation for geopolitics.
Iraq may not in any case have been winnable, but it need not have turned out to be quite the disaster it was.
Nigeria attests to the triumph of naked power and geography over the realm of ideas.
The cradle of the Arab Spring is too civilized for military strongmen but too politically underdeveloped for democracy.
What starts a conflict is different from what causes it.
The Indian Ocean is the maritime organizing principle in which East Asia and the Middle East increasingly interact.
George H.W. Bush's caution and restraint allowed great things to happen peacefully in the world.
The region constitutes the world's most fascinating geopolitical experiment.