Post Tagged with: "USA"

Elegy for Afghanistan: Forgetting a war

Elegy for Afghanistan: Forgetting a war

February 2, 2018 at 12:04 PM

To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace. ~ Tacitus, Life of Agricola, Book 30 Led to write this piece by the recent attacks in Kabul (Three in the last week of January), I wonder ifRead More

Paving the road to Kabul

Paving the road to Kabul

January 29, 2018 at 12:41 PM

President Trump, as Commander in Chief of the United States, put forward a long-awaited strategy for resolving the conflict in Afghanistan and tried to give a clear definition of ‘victory’ in the first of his statements marking the US policy on the embattled region. Soon after taking office in January 2017,Read More

Soft Power: The Scramble for Popularity

Soft Power: The Scramble for Popularity

November 28, 2017 at 1:51 PM

China’s newest and most effective weapons are called Meng Meng (梦梦) and Jiao Qing (交情). They weight between 70-100 kilograms, are kept very safely in an space of almost 5000 square meters, yearly maintenance costs devour 920.000 Euro per year and they are – Panda Bears. Meng Meng and JiaoRead More

Obama, China and a shift in status quo?

Obama, China and a shift in status quo?

January 29, 2017 at 7:56 AM

President Obama has left office with several policy successes on record, but ultimately, America remains divided, insecure at home and overstretched abroad, with waning authority and credibility in former spheres of influence. Two prolonged conflicts, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 2008 recession had already strained the country’s military andRead More

Trump Vs Clinton: Should Canada have a favourite?

Trump Vs Clinton: Should Canada have a favourite?

October 27, 2016 at 5:36 PM

For many Canadians, the U.S. Presidential race is the gift that keeps on giving. As the election frenzy continues in the build-up to November 8, Canada basks in some welcome global publicity, as universal healthcare, Justin Trudeau’s hair, and quips about Americans fleeing north of the border have all grabbedRead More

The Havana Effect : USA and Cuba

The Havana Effect : USA and Cuba

May 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

The announcement of the restoration of US-Cuba diplomatic relations continues to reverberate across the Americas. The lingering remnant of a Cold War that devastated the region is drifting away at last in a move that could potentially herald new policy efforts between the US and its neighbors. As China looksRead More

Decapitating The Islamic State Won’t Work

Decapitating The Islamic State Won’t Work

May 7, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Unlike some historical experiences wherein decapitation strikes have been immensely effective, the Islamic State is an ideologically charged entity possessing a strong organizational apparatus that is not dependent upon one man. This multi-tier systemic resilience is the Islamic State’s strongest asset and poses the most dubious challenge to the Coalition that hopes to eliminate the threat posed by them.

Obama and Latin America: A Stillborn Rapprochement?

Obama and Latin America: A Stillborn Rapprochement?

April 8, 2015 at 9:14 AM

More than 20 Heads of State will make their way to the beautiful country of Panama and they will discuss the challenges that our region faces. It would be ideal that they go beyond their partisan blinders and ideological entrenchments and actually listen to each other; however that does not seem likely.

The Double Edged Sword: How Globalization Is Hurting America

The Double Edged Sword: How Globalization Is Hurting America

October 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Friedman presents the democratizations of technology, information, and finance as the foundational basis of the link between globalization and democratization and thus, as an extremely desirable and positive development. However, as Friedman points out himself, “globalization is everything and its opposite.” Considering this, one must assess the “opposite” to understand the implications of globalization upon US national security interests.

The Islamic State in Syria

The Islamic State in Syria

August 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

The Islamic State. Does it shatter the dreams of a new Syria? Recent developments in international politics like the rising tensions in Eastern Ukraine and what might seem like the third Palestinian intifada have caused the argus-eyed international community to turn away from an ongoing conflict in the Levant that usedRead More