Is Trump About To Get Peace In Korea?

For the pro-Trump camp, it is a moment of celebration; for his enemies, consternation.  There they go, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea Supreme Leader King Jong Un, crossing and re-crossing the Demilitarized Zone in a symbolic ending of an era. Just how much credit does Trump deserve for all this?  And more … Continue reading Is Trump About To Get Peace In Korea?

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Please Don’t Worry About World War III

It's been a while. As balances become clearer, life is better sorted, and all that jazz, I find myself pulled, like the United States in the Middle East, back to the fray. As it happens, I've found I can - and in some ways, must - do an update there and again on Geopolitics Made … Continue reading Please Don’t Worry About World War III

Meet Mohammed bin Salman, the Last King of Saudi Arabia

From Reuters: Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was appointed crown prince by his father King Salman on Wednesday, replacing his cousin who is 26 years his senior. This made the prince, who already oversaw defense and energy policy, the most powerful figure in the country by some stretch after the octogenarian monarch. Already more than a … Continue reading Meet Mohammed bin Salman, the Last King of Saudi Arabia

Rodrigo Duterte And The Geopolitics of Insulting the American President

We've all had that boss, that teacher, that authority figure whom we insult as soon as their back is turned.  We mutter "Pig," beneath our breath as the traffic cop walks just out of earshot, or WhatsApp some obscenity to describe a boss or teacher who gives us a seemingly unreasonable deadline. Should we really … Continue reading Rodrigo Duterte And The Geopolitics of Insulting the American President

Brexit or Not, The World Curves Towards Union

Brexit has been a fascinating, uniquely British ride: from David Cameron offering the vote in exchange for reelection in 2015 to the rise of the maddeningly irrational United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), the whole process has been full of half-truths, fear-mongering, cultural smears, and, most horrifyingly, assassination. For the people of Britain, Brexit matters: it … Continue reading Brexit or Not, The World Curves Towards Union

The Geopolitical Argument Against Donald Trump

I have argued in the past that the damage Donald Trump could do is limited: balanced by a vast and enduring American state, every U.S. president, regardless of the strength of their support or the breadth of their mandate, invariably finds their political capital spent.  A could-be President Trump would be no different, and a … Continue reading The Geopolitical Argument Against Donald Trump

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