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...

Part V: Watch Mattis, Not Flynn

While the news focuses on the Flynn scandal, Mattis puts NATO – and the global system – on notice. So apparently whenever I go on vacation the rest of the world has a busy week. Let’s focus on the United States. While I was kayaking...

Part IV: Bribes, Trade and the European Union

Some countries are adapting to Trump and some don’t know the rules of the global system have changed.  The Japanese government leaked a provisional policy document to Reuters late Jan 31 titled “U.S.-Japan Growth and Employment Initiativ...

Part III: Corporate Tax Reform and Global Trade

The simple tariff being discussed in D.C. might spell the end for global trade and security as we know it. The Trump administration has requested that Congress focus on two major policies during the next few months. One is Obamacare, as excising Bara...

Part II: The End of Europe

EU’s institutions are rearranging the Titanic’s deck chairs during a Godzilla attack with a tsunami on the horizon. President Donald Trump entertained his first foreign dignitary Friday, January 27: UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The primary outc...

Part I: Executive Action, Obamacare, Regulation an...

  Trump’s method for non-enforcement of Obamacare has big implications and may tear apart Obama’s legacy in weeks.  I’ve spoken before of the danger of Obama choosing to not enforce laws that he did not agree with, in large part b...