The New Cold War’s Thriving Arms Race

November 02, 2021

On most days, the website Engadget provides coverage of objects spawned by the digital economy. These objects typically serve consumers’ obsessive and often narcissistic need for convenience and entertainment. On October 29, the site featured an article dedicated to a rather bulky gadget most...

Middle East and North Africa Top Organized Crime Report

October 06, 2021

Organized crime is an ever-evolving, transnational threat that affects every country in the world and poses a global threat to peace and security. It transcends borders and undermines sustainable development, governance, economic stability and public health. Nations experiencing conflict and its...

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy

September 28, 2021

For over 50 years, I have been writing about foreign policy — mostly America’s but those of other nations as well. I think I have a pretty good grasp of places like Turkey, China, India, Russia and the European Union. I regret that I am less than sure-footed in Africa and Latin...

The Raucous Sound of AUKUS

September 20, 2021

The European Union received a serious shock last week that confirmed the seismic shock it received a month ago when US President Joe Biden made good on his decision to unilaterally abandon the 20-year NATO military campaign in Afghanistan. France had a more specific reason to complain. As AP...

The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

September 16, 2021

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has waxed and waned for several decades. The roots of it stem far beyond the most recent clashes in May that once again brought death and disaster to the region. The question arises: How far back do we look for an explanation of the current violence? Do we start...

Some Boots on the Ground Leave Odd Footprints

August 30, 2021

Most people consider the trillions of dollars spent by the Americans on military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq to have been a waste of money and the sign of a failed vision. When US President Joe Biden reasoned that it was time to put a stop to the spending, he claimed it had long ago achieved...

Saving Democracy by Destroying It

August 27, 2021

Arizona’s Maricopa County is ground zero in the continuing debate over election integrity in the United States. The so-called audit of the 2.1 million votes cast in that county in last year’s presidential election — by the almost comically inept firm Cyber Ninjas — was supposed to arrive...

For Saudi Arabia, Iran Looms, Israel Beckons and the Taliban Cause Goosebumps

August 26, 2021

Prince Khalid bin Salman may not have planned it that way, but the timing of his trip to Moscow last week and message to Washington resounded loud and clear. By not postponing the visit, the Saudi deputy defense minister signaled that he was trying to hedge his kingdom’s bets by signing a...

Stopping at Diego Garcia Raises Questions for Germany

August 25, 2021

The frigate Bayernset sail for the Indo-Pacific at the beginning of August, as a German contribution to upholding the "rules-based international order." Germany increasingly views the rules-based international order as under threat, not least through China's vast territorial claims, including...

US Media Amplifies Afghan Chaos

August 25, 2021

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears today in its final August weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. The daily format returns next Monday. The Fading Horizon of US Middle East Politics US foreign policy has always sought effective metaphors intended to...

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