Giancarlo Loquenzi

Islam’s Thirty Years’ War
The Warrior King

Initially reluctant to make its fight against IS too public, Jordan has now plunged into the fray. Calls for vengeance at home and the King’s martial upbringing have turned Jordan from mediator to militant. 

Why the long face?

As the world order long upheld by the US disintegrates all around him, Obama is coming under attack for being indecisive and lacking a coherent strategy. It might just be that times have changed and we long for an impossible past.

Resetting his own irrelevance

Barack Obama started his presidency with very noble foreign policy aspirations that are proving increasingly naïve by the day. The result is a drop in approval at home.

Losing the art of political dialogue
The (so far) silent center

In America’s tug of war between stubborn extremists, a previously hidden moderate bloc from both sides of the political divide – the New American Center – is beginning to make its presence and preferences felt.

New president
Yes, Iran can. Maybe

Hopes that the new Iranian president will augur an era of change in the Islamic Republic may be overly optimistic. Nevertheless, there is potential for positive development.

Realigning a divided America
Representing us and them

America’s ideological divide came through clearly in the election results. Both parties must now recalibrate their message: the Republicans so as not to become a party for whites, and Democrats to avoid becoming a party for minorities.

Post nuclear
Fallout and shortfall

Since Fukushima, Japan has been reluctant to restart its nuclear plants. Yet as the Japanese face difficulties in making up for the lost source of power, they are beginning to realize that they may be worse off without it.

Conservatives groping in the twilight
Romneycare vs. Obamacare

With the possibility of the US Supreme Court declaring Obama’s healthcare reform unconstitutional, the Republicans should be happy. But such an outcome might create even more problems for the GOP.

Buffing up American cities
Prime time for urban America

TV has become the most poignant narrative expression of the American experience. With cities as veritable protagonists, a host of new TV series afford insight into how metropolitan life is changing.

The Hillary ticket

Democrats worried that Obama might not get reelected are now looking to Hillary as a possible ace up the sleeve. No one else enjoys as much popularity, and she can repossess many votes lost to Republicans.

The Cain and the glory

Forget the gaffes and sexual harassment, Herman Cain is made of Teflon. His candidacy has already spiced up a bland Republican line-up. But will his mojo still be working when the primaries start in earnest?

Debt’s children
Change we can no longer believe in

Things haven’t gotten better. Now everyone agrees. But when the President says it too, it means there’s a good chance things will never improve.

Mutants attack
Sickly greens

Whenever there is a health scare like mad cow disease or avian flu, we are reminded of our atavistic relationship with food. In a globalized food market, methods of optimizing production have exacerbated problems that will pose a  serious threat if left unresolved. And the recent E. coli mutations could be just the tip of the cucumber.

Yes he did
Stepping up the pace

Up until the death of Osama bin Laden, the story of Obama’s presidency seemed a series of compromises and hedged bets. Now Obama is gearing up to speed and giving Americans a much needed narrative – just in time for the elections.

State of the Union
What right through yonder elections breaks

There is a populist movement afoot in Europe. Rather than dismissing it as a return to nationalism, one would do better to see it as a legitimate expression of frustration at the lack of democracy.

$till top of the charts

Some say US economic power is waning. But the fundamentals tell a very different story. No one comes even close.

Curbing his hostility

Obama’s early experiences and recent rethoric in the midst of America’s economic crisis have shaped an anti-business approach. But his need for the “fat cats” to bolster the recovery has forced a change of tone.