Pope Francis' role in the US-Cuba relations breakthrough has a notable precedent.
Inside the Russian bear
The strength of the Russian people is that they can endure suffering that would break other nations.
Taking the strategic intelligence model to Moscow
Strategic forecasting and analysis depends on things hidden in clear sight.
What ails Europe?
Pope Francis says that it is weariness, ageing and loneliness.
Civic trust and my friend José
The disappearance of 43 Mexican students reminds us that civic trust is a legacy we cannot take for granted.
The Islamic State reshapes the Middle East
Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US have all been deeply affected by the success of the terrorists.
25 years on, a united Germany mixes success and struggle
Contemporary Germany is legally united but psychologically still divided.
Denial kills you twice: Canada’s response to terrorism
Some people cannot and will not accept that Canada has been attacked by Islamic terrorists.
Principle, rigor and execution matter in US foreign policy
Not since the end of the Cold War has the US had a president with a deep understanding of history.
Dangers for export giants Germany and China
Around the globe, many fear a major readjustment of politics and economies.
Saving ourselves from Ebola
Nine months into Ebola crisis it's sad we're taking more notice because of 'threat' to West
Admirable Nobel decision unlikely to spur India-Pakistan peace
The history of the prize in galvanising peace between acrimonious countries is very discouraging.
Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: the prize and peril of Kirkuk
The Turkish government is looking at Iraq and Syria in a way similar to its stance almost a century ago. .
Scotland’s “no” vote befits a melancholy nationalism
An expatriate British Scot's prediction has proved correct, though it cost him some angst.
Putin strides forward into the 19th Century
Vladimir Putin is not a new Stalin, but he does have the mindset of a Czar.
Doing justice to Ian Paisley
Forgiveness, yes, but the honest recording of memory has its own moral imperative.
The implications of a “yes” vote for Scotland’s independence
Does separation foreshadow the break-up of the nation-state model?
The global citizen without a country?
Today’s global citizenship movement emphasizes human rights disconnected from the history of any particular nation.
The virtue of subtlety: a U.S. strategy against the Islamic State
The American strategy in the Middle East is fixed: allow powers in the region to balance against each other. When that fails, intervene.
Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea strategy
It is essential for the US to think in terms of a coherent center of gravity of operations.
Iraq and Syria follow Lebanon’s precedent
A strong case can be made that the nation states created a century ago in the Middle East are now defunct.
The urgency of peace
Peace between Israel and Hamas must be founded on justice, not merely a cessation of hostilities.
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