2013 in Review (Or, A Cliche but Highly Traditional Way to Ring in A New Year)

I'll be off on holiday for the next few weeks, so there'll be no updates until January 6, 2014.  So why not end this year with a review of that which happened, that which didn't happen, and that which might come next, in a final geopolitical round-up of the year. It was shit to be … Continue reading 2013 in Review (Or, A Cliche but Highly Traditional Way to Ring in A New Year)

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And Now, A Break To North Korea

Just when you thought it was safe to ignore the mad Stalinists of Asia...DUN DUN DUN!  Executions!  Purges!  Is North Korea dying?  (No it's not!)  Let's time travel to 1960 and pretend that the internal wranglings in Pyongyang could suck us into World War III! Of course, it's not all fun and games for those … Continue reading And Now, A Break To North Korea

Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)

I've let my contempt for Saudi Arabia's current governing system be known - several times.  This is because it's a personality-centric system driven by personalities that most of you wouldn't want to invite to dinner.  In such systems, psychology matters when understanding certain events.  Let's take a walk through, shall we, and understand Saudi state … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)

5 Leaders Who Really Mattered

Human systems often are too large, and too complicated, for single leaders to have undue influence.  We often like to think that human history would have changed had we added a good leader here or shot up a bad leader there.  But killing Hitler would not have changed the security challenge faced by a rising … Continue reading 5 Leaders Who Really Mattered

The Battle over Ukraine

Riots! Fires! Threats of higher import and custom duties!  Oh my! Ukraine's not been this interesting since the last time the media noticed that it's Ukraine, not the Ukraine.  Russia is mightily pissed, and would like everyone to just rejoin the Soviet Union already because that wasn't such a bad thing.  Meanwhile, the often-slagged bureaucrats of … Continue reading The Battle over Ukraine