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 ...

Part VIII: Keystone and the Method to Trump’s Ma...

Trump is turning the government his own personal shade of orange and it may take decades to get the dye out. President Donald Trump formally signed off on the Keystone XL pipeline on March 24. While there will undoubtedly be ongoing legal and environ...

Part VII: Ms Merkel Goes to Washington

How Merkel and Trump get along (or don’t get along) will determine the world’s path for at least the next three decades. Here it comes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump tomorrow (March 15). These are the ...

Eyes on an Obscure Russian Minority

In The Accidental Superpower I noted that while the Chechens will always be a thorn in Russia’s side, that a different Muslim ethnic group — the Tatars — are the ever-present dagger to Russia’s heart. Unlike the Chechens who a...

Part VI: Working for Alliance

  So I was sitting having dinner on the Queenstown wharf last night, minding my own business, when New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull walked by. Like literally right by. No more than six fee-, e...

Shale Gets Ready to Run

A data dump by the International Energy Agency this weekend indicates that OPEC is enjoying its best compliance showing at least since the 1970s, if not ever. Over 90% of pledged oil production reductions have already materialized, with a few countri...