Marvin Salazar

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10 maps that explain Russia's strategy

In fact, they are the first place to start thinking about a country's strategy, which can reveal factors that are otherwise not obvious.<p>The 10 maps below show Russia's difficult position since the Soviet Union collapsed and explain Putin's long-term intentions in Europe.<p><i>This article was originally</i> …

Saudi Arabia's power play leaves Qatar with little room to manoeuvre

Emboldened by renewed US support, Riyadh has moved quickly to demand its partners align their agendas to its own<p>The Saudi dispute with Qatar is rooted in the region’s two biggest power plays. That a usually reluctant Riyadh would choose to open a highly public feud with the tiny Gulf state so soon …

Middle East

Manchester Arena attack: ‘We caused bloody chaos, not surprising there’s blowback’

Manchester police have confirmed the attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night was carried out by one person using an improvised explosive device. …

China Is Building Its Way to an Empire

Don't look now, but Russia isn't the only threat to U.S. dominance.<p>The American obsession with President Donald Trump and the investigation into untoward Russian influence is distracting us from China’s bid to displace the U.S. when it comes to global leadership. The latest major step is the “Belt …

Duterte's Dance With China

Since ascending to power last June, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has sought, with characteristic sound and fury, to signal the end of Manila’s …

The President’s Secret Air Force

Air Force One is just the public face of a fleet that keeps the president safe and secure.<p><i>The following is expanded and adapted from</i> Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself—While the Rest of Us Die <i>(Simon & Schuster, 2017).</i><p>The photo this winter of a smiling …

Military

6 Reasons U.S.-China Relations Are Headed For Trouble

In his bombshell book “Destined for War,” which is soon to be released, Harvard professor Graham Allison offers what can only be described as the …

Like Middle East Wars? You’re Gonna Love President Trump

With zero public debate, the new president has thrown America back into the Mideast quagmire.<p>In the few short months since he became president, Donald Trump has made clear that his No. 1 foreign policy priority is to “demolish and destroy” Islamic terrorism. Just a week after taking office, Trump …

Middle East

British Counterterrorism Policy After Westminster

It was always a matter of when, and not if, the United Kingdom was going to suffer another terrorist attack. The death toll from the strike in …

Pulling the Trigger on Brexit

Today, the two-year Brexit clock began its countdown. Now that the British government has formally notified the European Council of its intention to …

Noam Chomsky: Is it fair to worry about Trump staging a false flag terrorist attack?

<b>Noam Chomsky (Getty/William B. Plowman)</b><p>Chomsky warns of scapegoating vulnerable people in an interview: “That can turn out to be very ugly.”<p>Jan Frel<p>March 27, 2017 7:16pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It's March 2017, and the political process and the media in the U.S. are a …

Noam Chomsky

The Geography of Populist Discontent

“There are times when rational, well-educated societies lose a sense of perspective,” says urban scholar Josef Konvitz. The global populist backlash represents one of those times.<p>Donald Trump in America, Rob Ford in Canada, Brexit in the U.K., and (maybe) Marine Le Pen in France—as I wrote on …

Globalization

Donald Trump’s biggest war is on democracy itself

Slashing the State Department and the U.N. is preparation for Bannon’s “clash of civilizations”<p>"There's no question this is a hard-power budget," budget director Mick Mulvaney said of President Trump’s proposal to slash spending on diplomacy while increasing military spending. "It is not a …

Middle East

Why experts think Rex Tillerson skipping a NATO summit is "an unmitigated disaster"

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to skip an April meeting of NATO foreign ministers to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, giving a cold shoulder to many of Washington’s closest allies. Experts on Washington’s delicate diplomatic relationship with Europe had …

Park Leaves Behind a Divided South Korea

On March 9, 2017, South Korea’s Constitutional Court unanimously upheld the impeachment of Park Geun-hye for having violated the Constitution by …

Can Trump Stop Kim Jong Un?

Probably not—but the least he can do is avoid making a bad North Korea situation worse.<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Asia this week on his first major trip abroad—and he’s walking into the most acute nuclear threat America and its allies face: North Korea. As ExxonMobil CEO, Tillerson was …

North Korea

Will France Move Onward or Inward?

The French presidential elections of 2017 are the most remarkable in the Fifth Republic’s recent history. For the first time since Charles de Gaulle …

Merkel meets Trump in clash of style and substance

BERLIN (Reuters) - She is controlled and cautious, a physicist from East Germany who takes her time making decisions and has never relished the attention that comes from being Europe's most powerful leader.<p>He is a wealthy real estate magnate from New York who shoots from the hip and enjoys the …

Donald Trump

Trump’s rumored pick for NATO ambassador doesn’t seem to agree with him about NATO

Richard Grenell, a well-known conservative communications professional, will reportedly soon be announced as the Trump administration’s ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It’s an important job given the alliance’s mission of standing up to Russia — and a tough one given President …

A Trump and Modi Bromance?

With Donald Trump now ensconced in the White House, self-styled, anti-establishment populists are in charge of the world’s two largest democracies: …

What Trump Gets Wrong About the WTO

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump had a consistent message for American workers: You have been betrayed by elites mesmerized by …

Russia Heats Up Its Infowar With the West

If you think last year was bad, there’s worse to come as Moscow’s new ‘information operations’ military unit gets rolling.<p>When it comes to Russian …

Russia

Here’s How to Avoid a War With China

In Avoiding War With China, Amitai Etzioni says that even optimists give the U.S. and China only a one-in-four chance of peace. He thinks those odds …

Geopolitics

A World Without Borders

Across the West today, a rising populist right is blaming established elites for letting in too many immigrants. The immigrants, the populists …

What ISIS Fighters Think of Trump

The president has given terrorist groups a propaganda victory beyond their wildest dreams.<p>Nine days after 9/11, George W. Bush declared during an address to a joint session of Congress that every nation now “has a decision to make,” that “either you are with us or with the terrorists.” Jihadists …

Donald Trump

Good Foreign Policy Is Invisible

In his quest to Make America Great Again by putting America First, U.S. President Donald Trump spent his first weeks in office disrupting relations …

Who Invented Trump’s ISIS Plan? Obama.

Trump ordered up a whole new plan to beat ISIS. Instead he got a rough sketch that strongly resembles what was drawn up under Obama.<p>The Team Trump …

Obama Administration

Israel's Walls

On January 28, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to construct a wall on the U.S.–Mexican border, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin …

The UAE's Nuclear Push

The United Arab Emirates will soon be the first Arab state with a nuclear power program and the first to join the civilian nuclear club in more than …