The Arab Spring in Review

Five years later, the dismal record of the Arab Spring is all too apparent.  Syria burns, Egypt's new Pharaoh goes from strength to strength, while the Gulf monarchs, having launched war in Yemen, have rarely seemed so lethal.  Democracy, it is clear, did not sweep in with the revolutions of the 2011-12. But that's no … Continue reading The Arab Spring in Review

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What oil prices mean for geopolitics

2003 was a different era.  The U.S. waged a war of choice in Iraq; Putin's Russia was seen as a paper tiger; China's economic boom roared but didn't threaten; Dubai was unknown; and the United States seemed like it would forever be an oil importer. Much has changed.  But today, the price of oil dropped … Continue reading What oil prices mean for geopolitics

Why European Nationalism Is Back

The continent that gave us two world wars is rousing. The litany of nationalist events is long: a near-miss Scottish secession, a looming Catalonian one, the rise of the United Kingdom Independence Party, the relative success of France's National Front, and now, following the mass attacks on women in Cologne and other German cities on … Continue reading Why European Nationalism Is Back

Saudi Arabia vs. Iran: The Deeper Story

There are other shorter articles, and they do a fine job of covering the basics.  If that's all you're looking for, click on the link and consider yourself well-rewarded.  But if you desire more than tidbits, read on. Rapid review!  Saudi Arabia and Iran are quite angry at one another. More specifically, the elites of … Continue reading Saudi Arabia vs. Iran: The Deeper Story