The high-profile visit of the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris to Southeast Asia came to an end. Harris concluded her trip to Singapore and Vietnam with what seemed empty promises and left the international audience somehow bewildered regarding the U.S. administration’s foreign policy for Southeast Asia. Security and defense have traditionally been the main objectives … Continue reading Why Biden’s New Southeast Asia Foreign Policy is Easier Said Than Done?
Last year, due to the pandemic and the social and political problems caused by extended lockdowns, people were watching the evolution of the Covid-19 outbreak with apprehension. Few would have imagined that a health crisis could quickly have economic repercussions. These effects are no longer regional or national, but global. As economies came to a … Continue reading The Global Shortage of Raw Materials: Pandemic Aftermath
It is not very difficult to see how the Democrats of today more and more closely resemble the Republicans of yesterday.
As part of my graduate studies, I recently had to read Dr. Walter McDougall’s 1997 book Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776. McDougall outlines eight US traditions of diplomacy and foreign policy, which he identified in the process of reviewing previous conceptions of these and the primary source they … Continue reading Promised Land, Crusader State: The Eight Traditions of US Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
Despite their promises, the Taliban have failed to honour their word on a number of commitments. There are still ongoing violations of basic human rights (such as the right of women to study and work, and freedom of the media). The amnesty offered to political opponents turned out to be mere lip service. The situation … Continue reading “Peacemaking” Hypocrisy: Human Rights Violations are Turning into a Norm Under the Taliban Regime
In an effort to counter China and its strong military navy technology, the United States, Australia and the UK announced their new joint AUKUS agreement. This partnership will allow Australia to equip itself with stealthy, long-range nuclear-powered submarines in order to stand strong against China’s growing military capacity. It is evident that an acceleration of … Continue reading Chinese and American Arms Race Intensifies
President Biden won the 2020 Presidential elections with a campaign strategy that promised a more compassionate foreign affairs policy. His decision to remove all American troops from Afghanistan’s territory, leaving the country completely vulnerable to Taliban intervention, gave a very different impression. The humanitarian catastrophe currently unfolding in Afghanistan suggest that Biden’s concern was directly … Continue reading Biden’s Foreign Policy and his Afghanistan Decision
The world seems to be confronting the same news articles that surfaced around 20 years ago. “USA enters the Middle East” “Is the US military pulling out of the Middle East?” The newsstands, internet, and entire world seemed to become consumed by the political affairs between the US and the Middle East. Today, more than … Continue reading Biometrics Beware: an Advancement in Modern Warfare
Modern politics are a mashup of game theory and political pretenses. This setup has many political interactions assimilating to chess mentality rather than a direct attack to any issue that may arise. This is best exemplified through the events of Monday, the 12 of July. Yesterday, 50 House Democrats gathered onto two private jets and … Continue reading Texas Democrats Take Off
On July 4th, 1776, all members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, establishing the 13 colonies’ separation from Great Britain, and recognizing a new sovereign state; this was the beginning of the United States of America. This day, all across the 50 states of the U.S., commemorates this declaration of … Continue reading Is July 4th a Cause for Celebration?