Fashions come and go in politics, too. After eight years of economic crises and attempts to dial down distant wars, a new cycle in which hard power reigns is now upon us. And the consequences are huge.
With heightened tensions in East Asia and the ascent of China as an economic power, it should not be surprising that Asia is experiencing an arms race. The big question is how will it affect the balance of the region.
Although Europe may look like it’s cracking up, and there is no easy solution for bringing it closer together, the military is one area where cooperation could serve as a realistic binding agent.
In the age of spectacle, how facts are perceived weighs as much on political decision-making as the facts themselves. This awareness, in the mind of a military hyperpower’s leadership, could upend all our notions
of geopolitical strategy.
The conflict between a France open and integrating with a globalized world where it has less and less influence and a France retrenching to buttress its rich history and traditions just had its first major battle. Openness won, but the jury is still out.
The French election saw two outsiders to the political establishment pass into the run-off round. With a fairly predictable result, the big question is now: How will Macron manage to govern?
New cutting edge technology from China has the potential to revolutionize the energy industry. Allowing for the long-distance distribution of renewable energy, the Global Energy Interconnection is perhaps the best hope for environmentalists. It is also a means by which resource-poor nations with technological capacity can reap huge benefits.
The strategic flexibility found in China goes back to ancient times. A fundamental element of this approach is the projection of China’s cultural merits, what today is known as soft power.
An important component of Israel’s struggle against terrorism is its population’s psychology, resilience, and capacity to counter what has unfortunately been one of the characteristics of this state from its very origins: the constant attack against civilians.
Solidarity among states has become a prerequisite for succeeding in the war against jihadist terrorism. A cohesive military strategy is needed for the West, the Arab states that are threatened, and Israel. Can the Israeli model show Europe how to deal with terrorism?
Egypt is in trouble. With the country still reeling from revolution and counterrevolution, President Sisi tries to keep it together
by reverting to pharaonic policies that could set it back years, if not centuries.
The most developed countries in the world are now being swept by a wave of populism against a sclerotic elite. Whether this populism has a coherent economic vision has yet to be determined. But it makes us wonder about what will happen if this vision of reacting for negation’s sake succeeds.
Market abuse is an all too common occurrence. In the EU, legislators are continually having to adapt to creative new scams. But the debate is in many respects counterproductive to saver protection.
Social media is becoming de rigueur even in the world of diplomacy. With Italy hosting the upcoming G-7 summit in Sicily, the ability to fire off a salvo of tweets is indispensable.
Recent studies show that climate change associated with pollution has led to an increase in mercury levels found in fish. Unfortunately, lowering the levels is more complicated than just controlling emissions.