Geopolitical Weekly

Geopolitical Journey: Riots in Cairo

The sectarian unrest that broke out Oct. 9 shows how the Egyptian opposition's assumption of a move toward democracy is grinding against reality.

Obama's Dilemma: U.S. Foreign Policy and Electoral Realities

The United States is moving into an election cycle, when foreign policy initiatives tend to be frozen. Given the dynamics of the Obama administration and this election, the freeze will be more intense than usual.

The Crisis of Europe and European Nationalism

Unification has no moral claim on Europe beyond promising prosperity and offering a path to avoid conflict. The problem arises when the prosperity stops.

9/11 and the Successful War

The first mission of the war that followed 9/11 was to prevent any further attacks. That mission was accomplished.

Libya: A Premature Victory Celebration

Moammar Gadhafi appears to be on his way to defeat but he is not there yet, and the ability of his enemies to govern Libya is doubtful.

Israeli-Arab Crisis Approaching

An approaching U.N. General Assembly vote on Palestinian statehood could be a motivating factor behind Hamas' (among other groups') strategic intent to create a crisis between Egypt and Israel.

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