June 29, 2017

Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

Marines, Afghan National Police Stay Vigilant in Southern Afghanistan. (Photo by DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons License)

Despite President Obama's promises of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the United States is settling in for the long haul. Read More »

China’s Role in an Emerging Global Order

A view of Shanghai skyline. (Photo by Bon Adrien, Creative Commons License)

For some commentators, China’s rising international status presages the eclipse of a Western-dominated liberal order. In reality, China’s position within an emerging global order that is both inclusive and legitimate has yet to be clearly defined. Read More »

Fethullah Gülen: Public Intellectual or Public Enemy?

Fethullah Gulen. (Photo via video stream)

It may sound farfetched that a scholar living in Pennsylvania planned the overthrow of the Turkish government. But Turkey is demanding the U.S. extradite the Hizmet leader. Read More »

Next Steps in Libya

Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan Ground Forces on outskirts of Sirte preparing battle to liberate the city from the so-called Islamic State militants in May this year. (Photo via RT video stream)

Economic and government stabilization in the face of political and security challenges. Read More »

Terrorism in Nice and France’s Troubled Colonial Legacy

A view of a vigil for the victims of Nice terrorism attack in Nice. (Photo via video stream)

Nice is an elegant and striking city, set against the azure Mediterranean. But there is history and politics behind the waving palms. Read More »

Sir Chilcot Iraq Inquiry and Fraudulent Geopolitical Wars

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Following on the heels of Brexit the Chilcot Report — also called by some a “devastating catalogue of lies and mistakes” — will likely generate long-term consequences for Nato’s thus far consensual security architecture. Read More »

Meet Theresa May, Britain’s New Prime Minister

Theresa May. (Photo by Policy Exchange, Creative Commons License)

After the party leadership contest came to an abrupt end, the home secretary is to become the country's second woman leader. Read More »

Five Takeaways from the Spanish Election

Bittersweet result of the coalition led by Pablo Iglesias in elections in Spain. (Photo Adolfo Lujan, Creative Commons License)

The 2016 vote may have been a disappointment to Spain's insurgent progressives. But they've proven they're here to stay. Read More »

Brexit: Europe’s New Nationalism is Here to Stay

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The UK may be the first country to leave the EU but it may not be the last. All across the continent, euro skepticism is offering a new outlet for old feelings. Read More »

Kyrgyzstan’s Self-Defeating Conflict With Moderate Islam

(Photo by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, Creative Commons License)

The state’s clash with a well-respected Muslim leader will only encourage true radicalization in the country. Read More »