After Afghanistan’s Fall to the Taliban, Will Kashmir Be Next?

December 01, 2021

In my first article of this three-part series, I made the case that the victory of the Taliban would radicalize Pakistan and increase its global nuclear threat. Notably, the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is not only changing its eastern neighbor, but also fundamentally altering the...

Water World: Is Climate Change Driving Our Future Out to Sea?  

November 29, 2021

There is no question about it: Our planet is warming faster than ever before. Having plateaued around 280 parts per million for thousands of years, global CO2 emissions have shot past 400 ppm at the end of the last decade, an atmospheric rise set in motion by the 18th-century Industrial...

The New York Times: All the Illusion That’s Fit to Print

November 29, 2021

A society that depends on sophisticated media to construct standardized mental images of the world inevitably loses the ability to perceive reality. It replaces reality with an increasingly hyperreal construction. Even if reality resists, well-managed hyperreality invents a response. If reality...

General Flynn: Under God or Under the Influence?

November 16, 2021

Following a 33-year career in the military in which he rose to the rank of lieutenant general, in 2017, Michael Flynn served a total of 22 days as national security adviser to the newly-elected president, Donald Trump. He then became the first sacrificial victim of the campaign, orchestrated...

America Is a Poor Example of Democracy

November 05, 2021

In 988, Prince Vladimir was undecided about which of the three great monotheistic religions to bring to his Russian realm. He sent envoys to the lands of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The envoys returned with stories of the three faiths. According to legend, Vladimir rejected Judaism and...

Is Chanel Nº5 France’s Greatest Cultural Export?

October 29, 2021

When it comes to soft power, culture plays a crucial role in shaping attitudes and behavior, delivering more efficient and lasting results than other tools in the influence arsenal. American values were not enough to turn the course of the war in Afghanistan. All the science that supports COVID-19...

Should Indonesia’s Sex Workers Be Protected?

October 28, 2021

By June, the economic impact of the pandemic had been felt by the most marginalized in Indonesia, particularly sex workers. Restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 meant fewer people paid for sex, resulting in a loss of earnings. Protecting sex workers and ensuring they have access to health...

Jim Naughten’s Exploration of the Age of Loneliness

October 27, 2021

For the vast majority of our very brief time on Earth, humans have lived in harmony with nature, following its laws and its rhythms, taking little more than we needed and leaving almost no footprint of our existence. Not so the new man, who gives his name to the Anthropocene Epoch we are...

The UAE’s Approach to Humanitarian Assistance

October 26, 2021

Early investment by Abu Dhabi in a rapid humanitarian response hub paved the way for an Emirati regional leadership role in humanitarian affairs and a model for future multilateral operations. The Emirates Humanitarian City (EHC), based in Abu Dhabi, has now moved from its founding mission,...

Taliban Takeover Will Further Radicalize Pakistan and Increase Nuclear Threat

October 22, 2021

It is now well known that younger officers in the Pakistani army are no longer members of the Scotch-swilling elite. To understand the growing radicalization in Pakistan, it is instructive to read Nadeem F. Paracha, a noted columnist in Dawn, Pakistan’s most reputed newspaper. In 2013, he...

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