Commentary

The Real Problem with the Trump Foreign Policy

The real problem with the Trump administration’s foreign policy is not its disparaging attitudes toward the United Nations, inherited arms control agreements with the USSR-cum-Russia or Iran, or other international legal instruments such as the Paris Accords on Climate...

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Modi’s Grand Strategy in Kashmir?

In early August 2019, Kashmir, a region contested by India and Pakistan, had its decades-long special status revoked. When Kashmir was integrated in 1947, India gave it a certain degree of autonomy, going so far as to allow it...

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The Role of the Director of National Intelligence as ‘Head’ of the Intelligence Community

In recent weeks, there has been controversy over who President Donald Trump would nominate as the next Director of National Intelligence (DNI) after the resignation of Dan Coats. This discussion makes it an appropriate time to ask some questions:...

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The Hashemite Kingdom’s Multiple Futures

Under the watchful eye of King Abdullah II, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan emerged from the 2011 Arab Spring with its regime intact. However, that is not to say it has escaped the last eight years unscathed. The devolution...

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Running Out of Gas: Philippine Energy Security and the South China Sea

About 80 km off the northwest coast of Palawan Island in the South China Sea is the Malampaya natural gas field, the Philippines’ main domestic source of energy. Once piped ashore, its natural gas fuels five power plants, which...

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Irish Phoenix? The Unexpected Winner of Brexit

In his Divine Comedy, Dante drew on ancient mythology to write: “The phoenix dies, and then is born again.” Brexiteers, neo-imperialists, and English nationalists predicted a similar rebirth for Britain once they voted to leave the European Union in...

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American Slavery in Historical Perspective

All countries tend to consider their history in isolation, assuming a form of national exceptionalism. That approach indeed captures the specificities of particular circumstances as well as the tendency to adopt distinctive national accounts to the past....

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Israeli Democracy Still Haunted by the Ghosts of Meir Kahane and Baruch Goldstein

As Israel prepares for its second election this year, there is one party that deserves extra attention—despite its relatively small size. Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) is a secular party; its leadership and platform are rooted in the ideology of...

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Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent

In the summer of 2019, Hong Kong once again plunged into political crisis over a legal issue. Veteran observers across a wide political spectrum characterized it as the worst such episode in Hong Kong in many decades. ...

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Remembering the Outbreak of the Second World War

Eighty years ago, Adolf Hitler’s war erupted. On September 1, 1939, the Nazi tyrant unleashed a lightning campaign to crush Poland. In destroying Poland, Hitler had the assistance of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, with whom he had made...

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