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Pursuing “Outrageous Ambitions” for the Greater Good

May 29, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Top Graduate Degrees on International RelationsComments (0)

Interview with Judith Kelley, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.   The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University is one of America’s leading schools of public policy located in Durham, North Carolina – a city with a unique mix of rich history, diverse culture, and vibrant research, medical …

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China-US Trade War: Hiatus or Busted Deal?

May 16, 2019 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, China, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Jack Rasmus   This past week the US and China failed to reach agreement on a new trade deal, despite high-level China representative Lie He meeting in Washington on Thursday-Friday, May 9-10.  In the wake of the meeting, Trump and his administration

Venezuela – A Risk to Dollar Hegemony – Key Purpose Behind “Regime Change”

May 9, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International RelationsComments (0)

By Peter Koenig   After the new coup attempt – or propaganda coup – Venezuela lives in a state of foreign-imposed insecurity. The failed coup was executed on 30 April by Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed and Washington-trained and endorsed

The Failure of U.S.-North Korean Summit and the Future of U.S. Global Leadership

April 15, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Timo Kivimäki The author discusses the implications brought about by the failure of the U.S.-North Korea summit and its correlation to the actions that will be done by the U.S. government to establish global leadership.    The second summit between

NATO – No Need – NEXIT

April 11, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International RelationsComments (0)

10By Peter Koenig “EXIT NATO!” – was the glaring title on a huge screen greeting the several hundred participants of the Anti-NATO Conference in Florence, Italy, on 7 April 2019. Officially it was called The International Conference on the 70th

Development Should Guide US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty Review

March 20, 2019 • International Relations, Commentary, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock     In times of great uncertainty, strategic ambiguity offers little clarity. The review of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty should be guided by the quest for sovereignty and economic development.   During his recent visit

Venezuela – US Attack Imminent?

March 2, 2019 • World Politics, International Relations, CommentaryComments (0)

By Peter Koenig Imagine, the President of the self-declared, exceptional and unique Superpower, Donald Trump of the United States of America, has the audacity to threaten the Venezuelan military with their lives, if they keep standing behind the

From ASEAN Economic Development to Militarization

January 22, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Dan Steinbock, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock               In Africa, the Trump administration is setting a precedent by replacing economic development with militarization. In Asia, it seeks to couple “rebalancing” in trade with a rearmament drive. In a recent

Japan’s “Comfort Women” Asian Protests and Imperial Japan’s Sexual Slavery

January 15, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Commentary, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock   Recently, another Philippine statue commemorating Filipino “comfort women” has been removed. As international pressure is rising, it is time for Abe government to acknowledge its wartime history. Most of Japan recognizes it. In

Peace for Syria and a New Kurdistan as Regional Stabilizing Factor?

January 10, 2019 • International Relations, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Peter Koenig The US will withdraw her troops from Syria. Will they really? – Let’s take Trump at his word, just for argument’s sake. Though in the meantime, RT reports that the withdrawal may be slower than anticipated, to allow Erdogan making his