Opinion

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

The legacy of the war still shapes America, even if most of us are too young to remember it. Karl Marlantes The New York Times In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a… Vietnam: The War… Read More »

On the Trump Russia intel Twitter hysteria

Do please relax a bit. Yes, though I no longer have a security clearance, it seems abundantly clear Russia did all it could to help Donald Trump win the US election. Danielle Pletka AEI But even the intel community doesn’t say it won it for him. He won it, and… On the Trump Russia… Read More »

Dealing with the Cyprus problem: an alternative proposal

In recent years a consensus has developed on dealing with the division of Cyprus: things will get better only if there is a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the island. Andreas Theophanous Europe’s World But this is not necessarily the case as the solution that will be discussed at talks in Geneva from 9 to 12 January has a… Dealing with the… Read More »

What Will Assad Do Next?

The pictures and footage coming out of Eastern Aleppo are absolutely horrifying. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest In fact, horrifying may be too tepid a word; genocidal or apocalyptic is more like it. Four years of intense… What Will Assad Do… Read More »

The Canada experiment: is this the world’s first ‘postnational’ country?

When Justin Trudeau said ‘there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’, he was articulating a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some find bewildering, even reckless – but could represent a radical new model of nationhood Charles Foran The Guardian As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. Our government believes in the value of immigration, as does the majority of the population. We took in an estimated… The Canada experiment: is… Read More »

Could an Embassy in Jerusalem Bring Us Closer to Peace?

As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to assume office, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been forced onto his agenda by President Obama’s decision to have the United States abstain on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements. Martin Indyk The New York Times Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his desire to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying he viewed it as the “ultimate deal.” But he has also pledged to… Could an Embassy in… Read More »

Europe’s problem is not populism

What the Continent needs is to restart growth. Alberto Mingardi Politico When we talk about politics, it’s always tempting to use some “mega-trend” to explain the state of the world. Today, the most… Europe’s problem is… Read More »

Volunteerism: A prerequisite for Africa’s progress

The continent’s future lies in the hands of the youth who can successfully harness agriculture and clean energy. Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi Al Jazeera News “Africa will write its own history and, both north and south of the Sahara, it will be a history full of glory and dignity.” These profound words of… Volunteerism: A prerequisite for… Read More »

Get it wrong on Ivan Rogers’ successor, and Brexit disaster could follow

A Westminster yes-man as EU ambassador or an arrogant stickler with no sympathy for European emotions will lose Britain the friends that it badly needs Jonathan Lis The Guardian Ivan Rogers has a reputation in Brussels not only as a knowledgable, accomplished diplomat with decades of EU expertise, but as a decent man. It is no secret that… Get it wrong on… Read More »

From Hands to Heads to Hearts

Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying… From Hands to Heads to… Read More »