Global Affairs

The End of the Middle East?

The United States is gradually moving away from the Middle East as the Middle East slowly dissolves into a Greater Indian Ocean world.

The Plantagenet Effect

A functioning democracy is an expression of culture and historical development that cannot be easily exported.

Super Chaos?

What if, deeper into the 21st century, Russia and China prove to be ungovernable by centralized means?

Why War Is Good

Wars may have helped, rather than hindered, human progress.

Nile Water Wars?

In northeast Africa, a microcosm of today's world, the risk of interstate water war is never beyond the realm of possibility.

The Long Game in Eastern Europe

Putin must wish America well in its war against the Islamic State, and hope that it goes on for a long time.

Why Failure Helps

The story of success is often the story of coming back from some sort of failure and adversity.

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The Other Ukrainian Crisis

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