Austere “shock therapy” after the Cold War only shocked the East into reaction. In the West, the corporate political center ultimately did the same.
Unlike the West, modern China has seldom used brute force to access resources or expand markets -- except, notably, in the South China Sea.
When it comes to Ukraine, Trump has been manipulated as deftly as a mindless marionette. It’s going to cost him.
As Saudi Arabia slowly backpedals, we could see an end to the Yemen war, an easing of Iran’s isolation, and a reduced role for the U.S.
Despite al-Baghdadi’s death, Trump is creating the conditions groups like ISIS thrive in.
From the U.S. to the U.K. to Turkey, it is a hallmark of right-wing populists to make a preposterous policy and then be forced to retreat.
Trump's not bringing the troops home. He's been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad, while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.
Trump is counting on his base to endorse his increasingly open law-breaking. It may not end well.
People are hitting the streets to protest government inaction, repression, and corruption. Does that mean democracy is in trouble or stronger than ever?
For all their overwhelming firepower, the U.S. and its allies can cause a lot of misery in the Middle East, but still can't govern the course of events.