Rethinking the Geography of Power

Where the seats of power are located matters. Given the populist revolt in the United States and Europe against the so-called "global elite," it is time to refigure the geography of governmental and transnational power. Take the United Nations. Much of the international body's perceived negatives derive from being in the world's richest

By | 2018-02-01T01:52:53+00:00 February 1st, 2018|

Beltway Ducks Grand Strategy Debate Over Europe

This month marks the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s “14 Points”—the document that arguably formed the basis of a rule-based international order. There were debates about Wilson’s idealism, right after it was published, and there continues to be a disagreement over whether there ever was a rule-based order, or whether the aspiration

By | 2018-01-23T10:25:17+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Trump’s Conservative-Realist Approach Will Outlast Trump

Anne Applebaum laments the death of Wilsonian world order, in her latest column for the Washington Post. Let us for a moment skip over the fact that the notion we ever had a Wilsonian order is debatable. It is also, arguably, impossible as an aspiration, as any international relations theorist worth his salt

By | 2018-01-09T13:12:28+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

Is Europe Experiencing Immigration—or an Invasion?

History is replete with examples of the migration of peoples across vast and distant lands. Depending on the numbers and the purpose of the migration, such movements have the capacity fundamentally to alter or even destroy indigenous civilizations and countries. Other times, of course, such movements can empower the native people. It is

By | 2017-12-28T14:22:22+00:00 December 28th, 2017|

EU and Anglo-American Interests Differ: Peter Hitchens Was Right

Two years ago, as a fresh doctoral researcher in the United Kingdom, I wrote an essay called “The Grand Strategy Debate London is Avoiding,” and submitted it to a top tier center-right newspaper in London. Needless to mention, it was rejected. No one would believe at that time that the European Union could

By | 2017-12-08T11:36:07+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

Why Carbon Taxes Actually Increase Global Emissions

As the hysteria over global warming heats up, carbon taxes have become the “cool” option. Environmentalists love them. So do politicians, who are more than happy to raise taxes while scoring political points. Carbon taxes, or other analogous pricing schemes, are now prevalent in Western Europe, and are making headway in North America.

By | 2017-12-06T11:54:46+00:00 December 6th, 2017|

Corruption, Globalized

As long as there has been politics, there has been corruption. So the investigative hand-grenades which have been flying for the past year, first at the Trump campaign, now at Mrs. Clinton’s, are not exactly new in American political life. What is new, however, is the geography. Corruption used to be something American

By | 2017-11-07T11:20:56+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

Why Populism? Globalism Isn’t Worth It

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the international body based in Basel, Switzerland that represents the world’s central banks, claims in its latest annual report that globalization is a “scapegoat” for rising inequality, as it launches a defense of closer cross-border ties and integration. You didn’t get a copy and read every word

By | 2017-10-25T18:41:44+00:00 October 25th, 2017|