The rise of the Chinese World Order – Asia Times

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” – Chinese proverb The above proverb tells a lot about the Chinese — Read on asiatimes.com/2020/05/the-rise-of-the-chinese-world-order/

Will a Global Depression Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic Trigger Another World War?

Will a Global Depression Caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic Trigger Another World War? The bottom line: Economic conditions (i.e., a depression) may affect the broader political environment in which decisions for war or peace are made, but they are only one factor among many and rarely the most significant. Even if the COVID-19 pandemic has [...]

How Different Is the “New Normal” from the Old Normal in South Asian Crises? – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

How Different Is the “New Normal” from the Old Normal in South Asian Crises? - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace — Read on carnegieendowment.org/2020/05/08/how-different-is-new-normal-from-old-normal-in-south-asian-crises-pub-81746

The World Order Is Dead. Here’s How to Build a New One for a Post-Coronavirus Era. – POLITICO

International orders seldom change in noticeable ways. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, the Pax Romana was not a passing phase: it persisted for centuries. The order that arose from the 1815 Congress of Vienna didn’t fully unravel until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. But at rare moments, confidence in [...]

For These Two Countries, the Strategic Calculus in the Indian Ocean Region Remains Unchanged – Defense Security Monitor

While forecasts anticipate flat or declining topline defense budget trajectories among many countries stemming from COVID-19 relief measures, the same cannot be said for two peer rival states angling for strategic leverage in the Indian Ocean Region: China and India. Though defense-related spending may slow this year and possibly next, the investment paths in the [...]

The End of Grand Strategy | Foreign Affairs

The changing nature of power, along with its diffusion in the international system, has made it much more difficult for the United States to shape its destiny. Rather than quarrel over contending strategic doctrines, U.S. scholars and policymakers should focus on more pragmatic forms of problem solving.  — Read on http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2020-04-13/end-grand-strategy

Refugees’ Geopolitics: The Black Scene of Power Play – Modern Diplomacy

... the issue of refugees along the Turkish-Greek border has become a very prominent global issue these days. On the one hand, there is the issue of human rights and the humanitarian approach to refugee issues along the Greek border and on the other hand, the discussion of the actors behind the shaping of the [...]

Chile: Notes from a Revolt | The New York Review of Books | Daily

... on October 6, 2019, high school students were igniting the first sparks of the rebellion by joyously jumping the turnstiles of a number of subway stations to protest a fare hike, Chile’s right-wing president, Sebastián Piñera, was boasting on a television program that the country was “an oasis” in a turbulent and convulsed Latin [...]

Histories of Violence: Unlearning History – Los Angeles Review of Books

THIS IS THE 37th in a series of dialogues with artists, writers, and critical thinkers on the question of violence. This conversation is with Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, a theorist of photography and visual culture. She is a professor of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University. Her most recent book [...]