How Vietnam Went From American Foe to American Friend

It's easy to hold grudges; it envelopes one in a sense of superiority, a feeling of wronged righteousness, that allows irrational behavior to feel very, very good.  When someone hurts you, it can be wonderful to lord that over them forever. Few wars in American history involve as many hurt feelings as the Vietnam War. … Continue reading How Vietnam Went From American Foe to American Friend

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Culture, Power, and Geopolitics: How All Three Explain Us

It's very easy to make geopolitics seem simple - Country A and Country B have a bad history. Both want something from Country C.  Alas for Country C, it's rather weak, so Countries A and B go ahead and have proxy war in Country C. And while that may explain the rough outlines, it's still too Civilization … Continue reading Culture, Power, and Geopolitics: How All Three Explain Us

The Geopolitics of Cities: Past, Present, and Future

The heart of geopolitics is understanding how people relate to power.  Under what circumstances is power obeyed; when is it ignored (and when can it be ignored, and when can it not); and who is allowed to rise to the top. Key to all that is understanding also where people are placed.  Often, that's the … Continue reading The Geopolitics of Cities: Past, Present, and Future

Saudi Arabia Tries To Save Itself

Last week, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Vision 2030: a far-reaching economic reform package designed to save the Kingdom from its own many, exponentially multiplying sins. It does not go far enough: that doesn't mean the situation is absolutely hopeless.  Combined with other reforms, it could thread the narrow needle of survival … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Tries To Save Itself