Blindsided – The United States and North African Unrest
For the last fifty years, U.S. foreign policy vis-à-vis Arab and Middle Eastern nations has been dominated by two big issues: the Israeli state and secure access to oil. Even if the United States is today much less dependant on oil from autocratic regimes in the region, the events of September 9, 2001 made the Arab and Islamic nations the key issue of U.S. foreign policy. In no particular order it meant Iran, Iraq and of course Israel/Palestine. Developments in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya during recent weeks have turned the table and forced the U.S. (and the European Union) into ad hoc crisis management.
Taiwan in Tokyo’s 2022 Defense White Paper: Reconfiguring Security Imperatives?
This article was originally posted on the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies (JFSS) website, you can find the article here. A few days prior to the highly controversial visit […]
Did Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip Close the Thucydides Trap?
This article was originally posted on The National Interest’s website, you can find the article here. Chinese state media has declared the U.S. House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit […]
Merkel’s China Legacy
Abstract Angela Merkel’s time as the Chancellor of Germany is soon coming to an end. An unofficial mainstay of the European Union, she leaves office having helped put in place […]
Beijing’s Foothold in Central America: El Salvador’s Diplomatic Realignment
Introduction The diplomatic struggle between China and Taiwan, officially the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (RoC) respectively, has intensified in recent years. Under the One […]