PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DEFENSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

“The future of the liberal democratic West depends on the non-liberal-democratic institutions from which we derive our values: family and faith. We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons (...), but if we do not have strong…

INDIA-CHINA BORDER STANDOFF: COLLISION ROAD

“China calls border row with India ‘the worst in 30 years’ as both sides dig in heels. Both countries have held 15 rounds of talks since mid-1990s, but gains have been limited. The border is normally peaceful, with not a…

EUROPE’S FOREIGN POLICY: THE TRUMP FACTOR

“In a strange way --and despite his perceived Euroskepticism-- US President Trump has presented the EU with an opportunity. As the US withdraws from its global engagements, Europe has a chance to carve a leadership role in selected policy areas”.

IS LIBERAL DEMOCRACY DYING?

“Liberal democracy has little to do with the balance of power among social groups. Maybe it requires a culture of tolerance and civil liberties. Both are needed to sustain institutions that uphold property, political, and civil rights in the long…

NATIONALISM VS GLOBALISM: THE NEW POLITICAL DIVIDE

“WWIV will not be a battle between nation states, such as WWI, WWII and the Cold War, but a war involving various factions within the nation states themselves in North America and Western Europe.”

CAN SOCIAL-DEMOCRACY SURVIVE THE POPULIST ONSLAUGHT?

“Deserting the center seems like a worse strategy than energizing its base with reformist, future-oriented leadership. There is a market for such leaders, if only the appropriate politician dares to make such a case”.

TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY: IS THERE ONE?

“He failed to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care legislation (“Obamacare”), because so-called moderates in the Republican Party thought his proposed replacement was too harsh”