With the rise of the Islamic State and the recurrence of terrorist attacks by jihadis in Europe and North America, a vigilant yet measured approach is needed so as not to lose the values we want to defend.
What is happening in Libya could have been foreseen four years ago. You cannot leave a theater of war you initiated until the people are safe and free.
Is the United Kingdom bracing itself for the end of the two-party system? The upcoming elections will almost certainly result in maneuvering that should upset the long-standing balance.
Einstein radically altered how we understand the physical universe. In the century since the publication of one of his most important theories, we still have trouble imagining a reality that has been proved many times.
At a certain point in the 20th century, a paradigm shift in the value and purpose of scientific knowledge occurred. The reliance on market forces to guide science may ultimately jeopardize centuries of progress.
Fiscal paradise lost
As governments become increasingly strapped for cash, a movement to make tax havens less attractive has gained traction. Unfortunately the practical application of fiscal transparency is extremely problematic.
Over the centuries the Swiss have learned how to protect themselves and their interests. Now that banking secrecy has come under attack, they are trying to adapt to the manifold ramifications.
The practice of offering and taking bribes is much older than money itself. As the world economy grows more sophisticated, corruption’s tendrils simply ramify in more elaborate ways.
The next presidential elections in the United States may bring either a Bush or a Clinton into the White House. What that says about the democratic process is disheartening at best.
Europe’s enlargement was already a monumental achievement. But the specter of impending exits and the travails of heading them off are so huge that no one wants to imagine the repercussions.
As negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program head into the final stretch, it becomes increasingly clearer that what is really at stake is the balance of power in the Middle East and the degree of influence other countries will have there.
The recently crowned King of Saudi Arabia finds himself at the helm of what has long been a bastion of stability in a maelstrom. Having financed the source of so much of the chaos, the Saudis now fear it could come back to haunt them.
Sometimes death count is less important than the manner in which murder is perpetrated. The increased awareness of what shocks leaders and populations to action is having a huge impact on politics.
Just before Israeli voters went to the polls, the Prime Minister took a more hawkish stance than usual with the Palestinians. As a result of his victory, the two-state solution is probably dead.
One of the biggest obstacles in achieving a climate change agreement has been a seeming contradiction between the right to growth of the developing world and energy related emissions reduction.