The Mineral Rush
Wealthy countries are angling for access to the resources of poorer countries to power a “clean energy” transition. But this transition is about so much more than that.
How Russia’s War in Ukraine Threatens the Planet
The war has cost lives and destroyed the Ukrainian economy. But it has also been a major environmental hazard.
Aleksandar Vučić, Machiavelli, and the Rain in Belgrade
The Serbian government organized a rally to counter huge civic protests. But it’s only further polarizing the country.
The Surprising Pervasiveness of American Arrogance
Advocates of “peace now” in Ukraine would do well to listen to what Ukrainian and Russian progressives have to say.
The Serbian Movement Against Violence
In the aftermath of the two mass killings in and around Belgrade, Serbian citizens have handed over a huge number of illegal weapons. That is surely a positive step, but much more must be done.
China, India, and the Emerging New World Order
A new G-3 is emerging from the wreckage of the war in Ukraine.
How to Rapidly Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
Hint: rationing is a better approach than markets.
China Hangs Washington Out to Dry in the Middle East
America’s divide-and-rule strategy in the Middle East has backfired.
In the Middle East, U.S. Holds China at Risk
U.S. officials believe that China is vulnerable to its dependency on the region’s oil.
The U.S. Still Spends More on Its Military Than Over 144 Nations Combined
World military spending reached a new record high of $2.4 trillion in 2022, with the United States spending the most by far.
Retire This Dehumanizing Language About Immigrants
Human beings fleeing persecution are not a “flood” or “surge.” And it’s not “illegal” when they cross the border to seek asylum.
The Trouble with Taiwan
Wherever one stands on the independence vs. accommodation spectrum in Taiwan, everyone should agree that a U.S.-China war is in nobody’s interest.
Not Your Grandfather’s Military-Industrial Complex
The Pentagon wields unwarranted Influence, twenty-first-century-style.
U.S. and Ukraine: Sending Arms or Twisting Arms?
The Biden administration has tried to strike a balance between helping Ukraine expel Russian invaders and avoiding a potentially catastrophic showdown with the Kremlin. That balance will become increasingly difficult to maintain in 2023.