August 1, 2017
The US Congress is increasingly asserting itself in US foreign policy in the face of a distracted White House, according to Republican House member Ed Royce - and it is happening on a bipartisan basis.
July 20, 2017
Eric Schmidt, one of the Google founders, has said that 'the internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand.' Containing data that amounts to 50 billion times the amount in the US Library of Congress, the indexed internet is simply too large for anyone to fully oversee - and that, according to Alexander Klimburg, is what makes it so hard to control and so open to abuse.
June 22, 2017
China is being 'completely disingenuous' in its supposed efforts to help contain North Korea's nuclear program, and needs to do much more so the US is not forced to take on Pyongyang on its own, which could lead to war, according to Admiral James Stavridis, a 35 year-veteran of the US Navy.
June 7, 2017
The US has been the lone superpower since the end of the Cold War, but China is catching up fast - faster than most Americans yet realize, according to Graham Allison, the founding dean of Harvard's Kennedy School. And that is a problem, because throughout history Professor Allison can show multiple examples of established powers being challenged by rising powers, and war ensuing.
June 2, 2017
Winston Churchill, 'an imperialist and a conservative', and George Orwell, 'an almost monk-like socialist', shared one burning conviction: the absolute need to preserve individual liberty during an era in the 1930's when totalitarian systems from the left and the right were sweeping the world.
May 3, 2017
President Trump's unpredictability in his foreign policy is either a masterful way of keeping foreign opponents off balance, or a lamentable lack of leadership that is destabilizing Asia and the Middle East. The inquiry into Russian hacking of the elections is either a red herring or could lead to the downfall of his presidency.
April 27, 2017
Europe is a troubled continent – and the long term trend lines are not good, according to James Kirchick, a writer and reporter who spent four years living in Germany and traveling widely throughout Europe.
April 20, 2017
To many observers, ISIS appears to be made up of a group of psychopathic, destructive thugs with no genuine religious motivation, whose penchant for brutality almost beggars belief. But according to Graeme Wood, an Arabic-speaking writer for The Atlantic, when one talks to ISIS members the real picture that emerges is somewhat different - and in some ways even more chilling.
April 18, 2017
After 12 years in power when she seemed untouchable in German politics, Chancellor Angela Merkel suddenly faces a real challenge from the new leader of the SDP party, Martin Schulz, according to John Emerson, the former US ambassador to Germany.
April 13, 2017
The dangers of an accidental clash between Russian and US forces escalating to a serious confrontation are increasing, particularly in Syria, largely because there is so little regular communication between the two sides. 'When I was in the Clinton White House, senior officials talked to their Russian counterparts all the time - but that doesn't happen any more,' said Andrew Weiss, a Russia expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.