Surprising evolution in U.S. policy toward Ukraine
In no time, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was elevated from Donald Trump’s doghouse to the status of an honored guest at the White House. The U.S. president has discovered reasons to demonstrate to his NATO allies, and the world, his tough stand on Russia. As East-West tension mounts, the conflict over Donbas, a portion of eastern Ukraine captured by Moscow-backed secessionists, may quickly degenerate into a U.S.-Russia proxy war.
Thailand slides toward a geopolitical realignment
Thailand, a country notorious for military coups but also a longtime security partner of the United States, has been slowly but inevitably aligning itself with China. The process is driven by political and economic considerations. Washington, obliged by the U.S. Congress to curb military assistance to Bangkok, has limited options to stop it.
Opinion: ‘Values’-driven policies, Europe’s road to isolation
Much of the instability and risk in the global environment can be traced to Western nations’ tendency to judge their rivals, but also allies and partners, through the prism of so-called Western values. The United States is powerful, self-sustained and geographically isolated enough to get away with it for a while, but European nations face grave danger if they continue to try to substitute pragmatic give-and-take policies with arrogance and moralistic lectures.
When emotions and perceptions outweigh facts
Emotionally charged pseudo-problems and theatrical political “summits” tend to distract the public from important issues. As a result, many of the world’s challenges become worse while leaders leave them unattended
The U.S. and China’s ‘free trade’ agendas
The United States and China are not true champions of free trade. Beijing pushes exports but effectively curbs imports through a maze of administrative obstacles. Washington traditionally concentrates on job protection and creation; its trade policies reflect these priorities.
Europe’s political, economic and defensive opportunities and challenges
Geopolitical understanding matters more today than ever because geopolitical developments will force European countries to adapt to global neccessities. Are European governments prepared to change or will they continue to focus on short-term steps with the aim of protecting their own positions of power? This 2013 letter from our chairman, Prince Michael of Liechten...
Japan's welfare failure leads to lonely deaths for the poor
Japanese society is facing a wave of separation, uprooting and anonymity. Traditional community bonds are being broken as more and more people, facing economic uncertainty, are forced to live on their own in anonymous apartment buildings. They are separated from their families, have low-paid jobs and work long hours. Many face a lonely death. ...
Early Nato pull-out from Afghanistan could play into hands of Taliban
Nato faces several challenges if it is to achieve its goal of withdrawing most of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The recent accidental Koran burnings and massacre of civilians by a US soldier have brought calls for an earlier departure - but this could lead to the return of the Taliban and encourage them to increase their attacks in Pakistan. ...