Qatar, PACOM, and the Absence of US Foreign Policy

So, two things that happened in the past week that were of interest to me. First, Saudi Arabia issued its official demands that the Qatari government would need to meet for the Saudis and their allies to end their diplomatic, political and economic b...

Gathering Strength

Elections are funny things. They are the culmination and distillation of forces economic, political, military, technocratic, social, racial, ethnic, linguistic and cultural. Elections are the small bites that the media loves because they’re eas...

Curious About Cuba

Last week President Donald Trump announced a partial revocation of his predecessor’s diplomatic opening to Cuba, reinstating pieces of the decades-long embargo impacting financial transfers, trade and transport. As a rule, I don’t get too...

Qatar Caught in the Disorder

Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a full-court press against the government of Qatar, leading a coalition of countries as varied as Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, Yemen and the Maldives. All these states and more have severed diplomatic relations, in additio...

Some Inconvenient Truths

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2016 Paris Climate Accord June 1. In the past 24 hours the media has been, in a word, lively. Trump’s decision was an appeal to a base that has hungered for these kinds of dramatic...

Life After NATO

For all intents and purposes, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – the foundation for American security for the past seven decades – ceased existing on May 25, 2017. While attending a highly anticipated (some might say dreaded) meeting with N...

The Left Leaves

A terror attack in the United Kingdom May 23 killed at least 22, and injured dozens more. As the attack targeted a youth pop concert, a high proportion of the deaths were among children and teenagers. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May immedia...

France Dodges a Bullet…By Catching a Bullet

The results are in: Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen of the National Front by 66% to 34%, making him the youngest president in French history. Many were worried about the implications of a Le Pen presidency as the right-wing, pseudo-racist, ant...

Part X: Trump Finally Plays a Card

Trump finally played a card with the Syria strike and it was a doozy – whether the messages were intended or not. The past week saw the rhetoric of President Trump’s campaign messages meet the reality of the office he now holds. Stepping back...

Part IX: The First International Challenge

Trump has big foreign policy choices to make this week and they both have world changing consequences. It’s already been a big week for Trump. He just got his first pair of foreign policy crises. First, the one that he picked. Chinese President Xi ...