Tag Archives: Future Threats

Missing the Point on Israel

With US-Israel relations at the worst they’ve been in decades, relations appeared to go even further downhill when Israeli commandos stormed an “aid flotilla” sailing from Turkey towards the Gaza blockade, resulting in the deaths of several pro-Palestinian activists. The … Continue reading

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Meet the New Bosses

The leaders of North Korea and Zimbabwe are both ill or aged and expected to be succeeded shortly. Who would replace them? In North Korea, the most likely successor may be the third son of Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong-un. … Continue reading

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A Joppolo for 21st Century Afghanistan

From Robert D. Kaplan’s groundbreaking piece, Supremacy by Stealth, written in 2003: When I asked Major Paul S. Warren, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Army’s Special Operations Command, what serves as the model for a civil-affairs officer … Continue reading

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The Geography of Chinese Power

Our Bob has an article in the International Herald Tribune on, well, the geography of Chinese power. The article appears below, abridged — click the link for the full story. The Geography of Chinese Power Today China’s ambitions are as … Continue reading

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STRATFOR goes Clintonian on Mexico: It depends on what the meaning of the word “failed state” is…

Back in March 2008, STRATFOR argued that Mexico was nearing the status of a failed state. Chirol wrote more about this in 2009 here, and Munro-Ferguson later here. STRATFOR defines a failed state as one in which the central government … Continue reading

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Anyone care for a burger?

I found the below article by Bret Stephens in the WSJ to be a neat statement of what I’ve been thinking for years — that global warming is just a fad, a trend, a hot topic for the noughts, and … Continue reading

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Proposal: Approving Volunteer Militias

Building on my recent post about self-sufficiency and reliance for individual security , I’d like to begin laying out a proposal for the US adopting small decentralized solutions to the problem of border security. This is not so dissimilar from … Continue reading

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Balance of Power v.s. Empire

I recently picked up an old friend, a text that I read in the early days of my personal education into realist foreign policy — Henry Kissinger’s Diplomacy – and found myself reflecting for several days on this passage in … Continue reading

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Questioning Questioning Collapse

I’ve frequently praised Jared Diamond’s Collapse and think it’s an excellent book regarding the challenges posed to sustainable human civilization. And I have read with equal fascination about Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire, a … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-il’s regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought

Or so says Christopher Hitchens in a compelling piece in Slate on North Korea. Part reminiscence, part reconsidertion, and part book review, Hitchens praises the book The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters, recently written … Continue reading

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