The Eclipse of Europe

The Eclipse of Europe

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Not only is the center of political gravity shifting from Europe to Asia, European unity seems a thing of the past. As Britain has left the EU, Scotland is considering secession from England. Catalonia is still thinking of secession from Spain. Sardinia is considering secession from Italy. Poland and Hungary …

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Kissinger's Call for a New World Order

Kissinger’s Call for a New World Order

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The ingredients Kissinger considers essential for establishing that new world order appear, like ventilators, to be in short supply. Among the works that first brought Henry Kissinger to academic acclaim was “A World Restored,” his 1950s book about how the greatest diplomats of Europe met at the Congress of Vienna …

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Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era?

Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era?

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Trump should go further, turn the tables, and seize this crisis to do what he was elected to do — impose a new foreign policy. To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq. When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of …

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In the Pandemic, It's Every Nation for Itself

In the Pandemic, It’s Every Nation for Itself

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For most men, the claims of the heart are superior to those of the mind… In a crisis, people put families, friends and country first. “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time,” said Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey to …

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If Duterte Wants Us Out, Let's Go

If Duterte Wants Us Out, Let’s Go

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Time for Manila to take charge of its own defense. Indeed, what is the argument for a treaty that virtually dictates U.S. involvement in any future war in 7,600 islands 8,000 miles from the United States? Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has just given us notice he will be terminating the …

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Will the Secessionist Epidemic Ever End?

Will the Secessionist Epidemic Ever End?

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If the secessionism epidemic is to someday expire, then its causes will have to be addressed. And what are they? Fresh from his triumphal “Get Brexit Done!” campaign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson anticipates a swift secession from the European Union. But if Britain secedes from the EU, warns Scotland’s first …

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Is Macron Right? Is NATO, 70, Brain Dead?

Is Macron Right? Is NATO, 70, Brain Dead?

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Among the reasons Trump is president is that he raised provocative questions about NATO and Russia left unaddressed for three decades, as U.S. policy has been on cruise control since the Cold War. A week from now, the 29 member states of “the most successful alliance in history” will meet …

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What's Behind Our World on Fire?

What’s Behind Our World on Fire?

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The issues pulling continents, countries and capitals apart thus appear to be growing, enduring, and, indeed, perhaps insoluble. When the wildfires of California broke out across the Golden State, many were the causes given. Negligence by campers. Falling power lines. Arson. A dried-out land. Climate change. Failure to manage forests, …

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