The Geopolitics that allowed Turkey to down a Russian jet

Turkey shot down a Russian jet and got away with it. Why it wanted to, and why geopolitics allowed such a thing to happen.

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Turkey shoots down a Russian jet: The questions worth asking

This is obviously an interrupted break from our normal Monday publishing schedule, but when a NATO state shoots down a Russian fighter jet while on combat operations, one must break schedules. There is going to be a great deal of responsible and irresponsible speculation and reporting on this event.  As that happens, there are key … Continue reading Turkey shoots down a Russian jet: The questions worth asking

A modest proposal to end the Syrian civil war and destroy the Islamic State

And modest, of course, it will be, involving cooperation on a scale not seen since World War II.  But to genuinely destroy the Islamic State and end the regional crisis that fuels it, one must think big. Diplomacy has been tried in the past, but diplomacy tends to fail when equally matched powers are unwilling … Continue reading A modest proposal to end the Syrian civil war and destroy the Islamic State

Is Spain About To Break-Up? The Geopolitics of the New Europe

First it was Great Britain, now it's Spain: the devolution of once all-powerful nation-states continues.  On Monday, Spain's Catalonia region's autonomous parliament voted to secede from Spain by 2017, having won elections in September promising to do just that. Why is Europe breaking up?  And what does this mean for Spain?  Let's get super. The … Continue reading Is Spain About To Break-Up? The Geopolitics of the New Europe