NEW : Geopolitics Podcast

Geopolitics Podcast: the Age of Paradox Episode 1 When future historians look back at our age they might think of it as the Age of Paradox. On the one hand we have the pandemic which has slowed down the pace of individual life. On the other we are seeing massive accelerations in politics, economics and [...]

Edith Wharton’s Moroccan Clichés | History Today

Some reviewers disagreed with her and In Morocco prompted political debate. ‘All the properties of an Arabian Nights tale are here’, wrote Irita Van Doren in the Nation, noting ‘camels and donkeys, white-draped riders, palmetto deserts, camel’s hair tents, and veiled women’. However, she cautioned, Wharton ‘accepts without question the general theory of imperialism’. Wharton [...]

Dreams of a Red Emperor: The relentless rise of Xi Jinping – Los Angeles Times

No Chinese leader since has held as much authority — until Xi. But he is not Mao 2.0. A disciplinarian, not a revolutionary, Xi is driven by a need for control. He is a legalist in the tradition of Han Feizi, the philosopher who taught China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, that people are fickle [...]

Standing Up to Goliath | The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Cities in Central and Eastern Europe are becoming promoters of democratic values, even when central governments are acting otherwise. The impact of the coronavirus on democracy has been mixed in Central and Eastern Europe, as elsewhere. While the pandemic has accentuated community-led solutions and the importance of responses tailored to local realities, central governments have [...]

The Day After: Navigating a Post-Pandemic World – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Navigating the post-pandemic international landscape will pose an enormous challenge for decisionmakers in boardrooms and situation rooms alike. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has convened its global network of more than 150 scholars from twenty countries and six global centers to produce “The Day After: Navigating a Post-Pandemic World”—a digital magazine that provides grounded, [...]

Revisiting Thucydides: Ruminations on the Future of U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy in an Age of Great Power Competition

While war between the United States and China is a possibility, a larger and more refined lesson could be gleaned from Thucydides’ ancient text. In an era of great power competition, The Peloponnesian War provides one of the first nearly complete histories of a conflict that included complex alliances, ideologically opposing views, civil discord, diplomacy, [...]

Christiane-Marie Abu Sarah: How do daily habits lead to political violence? | TED Talk

What drives someone to commit politically motivated violence? The unsettling answer lies in daily habits. Behavioral historian Christiane-Marie Abu Sarah shares startling insights into how seemingly mundane choices can breed polarization that lead to extreme, even deadly, actions -- and explains how to identify and bypass these behaviors in order to rediscover common ground. — [...]

China: Charting a Course Between Conflict and Accommodation – OZY | A Modern Media Company

Our China strategy will require the flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances, but starting principles could include: A determination to compete aggressively on all measures of power and influence and to implement this with an American “whole-of-government” effort — that is, a strategy that marshals all parts of the U.S. government in a coordinated manner [...]

Why the World Should Care About Language in Inner Mongolia – The Diplomat

On August 26 China passed a law to sideline teaching in the Mongolian language in the region of Inner Mongolia (also referred to as Southern Mongolia). This measure, which sparked immediate protests, will create irreparable losses not just for ethnic Mongolians, but also for many cultures around the world. What is at stake here is [...]