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Geopolitics

FIFA: The Geo-Politics of the Global Game

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Sports
Marco Vicenzino

Although geopolitics will always play some role in shaping international football, it should not be allowed to dictate its course. This further underscores the fundamental need for FIFA's transformational reform and restoring the credibility of the global game.

Iran's Nuclear Accord: An Opportunity, Too Much Noise, or a Strategic Mistake?

David Oualaalou | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

How significant might President Obama's deal be? Let's use American presidential history to frame the question.

Saudi Arabia Ditches the US for Russia: Does It Matter?

David Oualaalou | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Step back and calmly contemplate the geopolitical shift taking place in the Middle East. Does anyone realize what's happening beyond what the headlines read? The answer is may be.

US Needs to Think Twice About Antagonizing Russia

David Oualaalou | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

I fear U.S. foreign policy has become dependent on politicians who prefer short-term gains over long-term strategies. They prefer confrontation instead of diplomacy.

How America Should Fix FIFA

Vishal Khetpal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Sports
Vishal Khetpal

As it serves justice, America now faces an obligation to construct a culturally competent organization -- one that fairly governs international soccer for the greater good. Or else these arrests will soon become meaningless, and FIFA will fall back into its old habits.

Surreptitious Totalitarianism

Daniel Raphael | Posted 06.12.2015 | College
Daniel Raphael

How many people reading this have heard of Turkmenistan? The isolated central Asian nation has geopolitical importance due to its proximity toward both Iran and Afghanistan, but beyond that is virtually unheard of.

Two Hundred Years of 'Containment' -- Imperial History Revisited

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It might have been the most influential single sentence of that era: "In these circumstances it is clear that the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies."

Geopolitics in HD at The New Museum Triennial

Christian Hendricks | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Christian Hendricks

Surround Audience, as is titled the 2015 New Museum Triennial, closes later this week after a three-month run full of reviews, performances, lectures, screenings, and a quirky ad campaign.

Saudi Arabia Continues to Turn Screws on U.S. Shale

James Stafford | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
James Stafford

As Saudi Arabia continues to ramp up production, taking market share away from U.S. shale producers, U.S. shale is being forced to cut back. This story has been told many times over the past few months, but the data is finally confirming the success of Saudi Arabia's strategy, albeit a minor one thus far.

Are Low Oil Prices Here to Stay?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It's often said that you can't get economists to agree on anything. Well, oil economists certainly can't agree on future prices, with commentators suggesting anything from $20 to $200. Seldom has there been such a discrepancy in forecasting, though the median forecasts seem to be somewhere between $60 and $70.

Cyprus: Russia's Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Athéna Tacet | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

The recent deal between Cyprus and Russia may seemingly have no real short-term impact on the EU or Russia's politics in the Balkans. But it is in fact part of Russia's grand design to bypass the sanctions, stabilize and increase its foreign expansion in the EU, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman

As the U.S. resumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council for a two-year term starting on 24 April 2015, the ball is squarely in President Barack Obama's court to provide statesmanship needed for the Arctic as a zone of peace.

Park's Dresden Speech

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Jung-kyu Kim

Park may have thought she was holding out an olive branch, but her counterpart in North Korea did not see it that way.

Twelve Days: A Talk With Alex Berenson

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

His ninth John Wells thriller, Twelve Days, has ex-CIA agent Wells and his associates uncovering a huge plot: a secret plan to convince the President to attack Iran and ignite a war.

Leave Them to It: Some Geopolitical Reflections

Peter Clothier | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Peter Clothier

It's a tempting response to the latest act of barbarism in the Middle East, especially in the wake of the unending violence of sect upon sect, tribe upon tribe, nation upon nation: Leave them to it. I've heard the sentiment expressed by a good number of friends.

Falling Oil Prices and Geopolitics

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The dawn of 2015 finds Americans continuing to marvel and benefit at the pump from low oil prices. Yet many ask: Why all of a sudden are prices falling so drastically? Do market forces have anything to do with it? Or is this a political strategy?

The Taliban in the Self

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

How many children has our greed killed? How many children grow up without proper education? How many children are subjected to the slow deaths of racism, homophobia and sexism? How many children are dead because of our thirst for guns and violence? The questions can go on and on.

US-Pakistan Relations: An Insight With Vali Nasr

Mariam Khan | Posted 01.31.2015 | College
Mariam Khan

What is Pakistan's problem? Let us come back to that first. Pakistan needs to make its stature clear and work on the common interests which will be of essence be it trading or opening up safe and secure paths to foreign investments.

Misconceptions of Political Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As soon as the Tunisian elections results were announced with Nidaa Tounes overtaking Ennahdha party, celebrations of the "Islamists'" defeat at the hands of the "secularists" got underway across the media in France and many other western capitals.

Africa Unsure of Its Place on World Stage

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Obadias Ndaba

While the media touted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as a sign of Africa's "rising" and its soon-to-be key role on the world stage, the truth is quite the opposite. African leaders' love for summitry isn't a sign of a rising continent, but rather, a sign of confusion, weakness and lack of direction.

The Geopolitics of Oil Promotes Islamic Fundamentalism. Ben Affleck's Political Correctness Doesn't. Tell Sam Harris.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It feels good for many people to look at Islam without looking at the bigger picture of geopolitics and foreign policy, but doing so allows us to repeat the same mistakes, while focusing intently on only part of the problem.

The Best Way the U.S. Can Help Fight ISIL Is Staying Out

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

If the past is any indication of what could result out of this "mission," the U.S., the nation leading the way with words, guns and treasure, is likely to fail simply because every time it has gone there it has made things worse.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

On Japan and China: Taking a Stand, Not Taking Sides

Gareth Evans | Posted 08.14.2014 | World
Gareth Evans

We have not yet seen any renewed attempt to re-establish the "Quadrilateral Security Dialogue," comprising Japan, Australia, the U.S., and India, which conducted joint military exercises in 2007 and was seen by China as a hostile containment enterprise. But it is not hard to imagine that this is still very much on Abe's wish list. The dangers should not be exaggerated. But, with strategic competition between the U.S. and China as delicately poised as it is, and with the economic interests of Australia, Japan, and many others in the region bound up just as intensely with China as their security interests are with the U.S., rocking the boat carries serious risks.

The Window of M&A Opportunity for Transformative Deals Remains Open

Pip McCrostie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Pip McCrostie

A broad-based recovery across a variety of sectors driven by the US should see market conditions continue to foster this trend -- making the next 6-12 months an ideal window of opportunity to do transformative deals.