Who Wins and Who Loses in Gaza?

July 30, 2014

It is important to look ahead at the possible consequences of the current round of violence between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is likely to lose the trust of his Palestinian constituency, and possibly Israeli lawmakers, while Hamas will not only emerge...

France’s Gung-Ho Policy in Syria

March 28, 2014

Hollande's approach to Syria has done more harm than good to France and the Syrian people. While there has been much debate within the international community over what should be done in Syria, France has adopted a more assertive, if not aggressive, position. From the very beginning of the Syrian...

Francois Hollande’s Victory: What It Tells Us About France

May 14, 2012

Analysis on Francois Hollande’s election as French president and what this means for austerity in France, Greece, and Europe. The result of the French Presidential election was no great surprise in a way. In fact, when one considers that most of the first round competitors had endorsed...

Four Percent for Sarko’s Seat

May 04, 2012

In order to win the next round of the presidential election against Hollande, Sarkozy needs to win back the votes he lost from his own center-right, Orléanist base. According to the latest polls, Sarkozy is shy of just over 4% of votes, in order to retain his presidential seat. Where he...

Unpopular Candidates to the Second Round

April 30, 2012

Analysis on the results of the first round of the French presidential election. The people have decided: conservative French President Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP) may pursue his race for reelection against Francois Hollande from the French Socialist party (PS). The crepuscule of Sarkozysm Nicolas...

The French Election: Myth Trumps Reality

April 05, 2012

John Bruton, former Irish prime minister, has a closer look at the French presidential election campaign. The French have a two round election, with only the top two in the first round, contesting the second round three weeks later. At the moment, it is likely the two in the second round will be...