It's important to look forward as one year ends and another begins: to make resolutions, regret our mistakes, and to wonder where it could all go wrong in the next 12 months. There are fewer countries on Earth that have as much explosive potential in 2016 as Saudi Arabia. Yes, there are failed or nearly … Continue reading Bad news made worse: Saudi Arabia is in freefall
Geopolitics is about trends. Individual events add up to patterns; patterns melt into inertia; inertia gains social gravity; inevitably, maps are redrawn, regimes fall, and through the litany of news reports we wonder how it all came about. So while it is beyond cliche to do a yearly review, for geopolitics, it's also extremely useful. … Continue reading 2015 in geopolitical review
From Coney Island apartment tower lord to Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump has come a long way. But nobody should assume the man has remade America: rather, his success is not in changing Americans but following the most profitable trends. His real estate empire was built upon a New York City ready to renew itself at … Continue reading How America Earned Trump
It's not such a big deal that Donald Trump has called to ban all Muslims from entering the United States: it's a big deal that there are people who support him. This anti-refugee nativist is found worldwide, but is, right now, especially powerful - and dangerous - in the West. It manifests itself as Trump and … Continue reading How to have a geopolitical conversation with a nativist
Alright folks - it's been 2 and a half years, and it's time for a basic change. I'm finding Mondays to be a bit overwhelming, so we're going to move the weekly update to Wednesday instead. You've still got all week, obviously, to drop in whenever you like. But the new update schedule will mesh … Continue reading Moving to Wednesday!