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On GeopoliticsDec 6, 2018 | 11:00 GMT
This photo shows 10,000 Iranian rials on top of U.S. dollars.
The U.S. Supersizes Its Sanctions
Nearly a century ago, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson laid out the case for economic sanctions as he defended the League of Nations. To Wilson, it was the economic aspect of World War I that had helped defeat Germany. Moreover, it was the United States -- now truly a global military and economic power -- that had to take a seat at the international table so that it could use its economic heft to help prevent another crisis. Ironically, of course, Wilson's own country never joined the League of Nations, as it was not yet ready to play an active role on the global stage. After World War II, however, the United States finally began to engage with the world, capitalizing on its status as a global superpower to impose economic sanctions in lieu of armed conflict, thereby aiding it in achieving its foreign policy objectives. But since the 9/11 attacks,
Contributor PerspectivesOct 8, 2017 | 13:15 GMT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gather for a press conference after a June 29 meeting of EU leaders in Berlin.
Europe's Fate Foretold
Any close observer of global events can tell you that, in some ways, geopolitics is uncannily similar to geology. Just as the rapid shifts in the Earth's tectonic plates give way to earthquakes that can shake countries and regions to their core, so do the underlying forces of international affairs send deep tremors across corners of the globe from time to time. Perhaps no region knows this better than Europe, which has taken up the difficult task of determining what its future will look like. Many citizens within the European Union are unhappy with Brussels' leadership, while many more are dissatisfied with the political agendas of individual member states. As the Continent's leaders try to forge a path forward, this discontent will doubtless be on their minds as they grapple with the thorny issues of austerity, defense and illegal immigration that must be settled carefully if the bloc is to survive.
Contributor PerspectivesNov 2, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
What if the problems of the 21st century are simply so complex that democracy can no longer solve them? Is there alternative system that would work?
The Disappointment of Democracy
With barely a week left before Americans head to the polls to decide who will be the most powerful person on Earth, it would be odd to devote this column to anything other than politics. Voters face a choice between the two least popular candidates in presidential history. Poll after poll reports that solid majorities dislike and distrust both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and millions of Americans seem appalled by the entire electoral process. When audiences cheer on a presidential nominee who refuses to commit to abiding by the outcome of the election, something has gone seriously wrong.
On SecurityFeb 11, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Preventing the movement of illegal drugs and undocumented workers across the U.S.-Mexico border will require more than just a wall.
For Border Security, Economics Trumps Politics
In this presidential election year, much of the focus has been on national security, and one idea that has come up repeatedly is that walls can be built along the U.S. border with Mexico to keep contraband and people from crossing illegally. This suggestion ignores the reality that powerful and basic economic forces make it simply impossible to hermetically seal the U.S.-Mexico border.
Contributor PerspectivesOct 7, 2015 | 08:00 GMT
In 2007, EU polls found that around the world, regardless of country, continent, age, gender or religion, about 80 percent of respondents believed democracy was the best way to run a society. And yet, very few people felt this way until very recently.
Democracy: The Least Bad Form of Government
"No-one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise," Winston Churchill observed in 1947. "Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." And most people tend to agree with Churchill's sentiment that nothing beats the wisdom of the crowd. But few people felt this way until very recently; throughout most of recorded history, democracy has consistently equated to mob rule. This raises one of the biggest but least asked questions in global politics: Should we assume that we are cleverer than our predecessors and that we have finally figured out the best way of organizing communities, regardless of their circumstances? Or should we assume that because democracy has a history, it -- like everything else in history -- will someday pass away?
ReflectionsJun 22, 2011 | 05:29 GMT
Eurozone Crisis: Not a Greek Drama
No single event, in Greece or elsewhere, can bring down the Eurozone. But the diverging long-term political priorities of Europe's leaders can.
ReflectionsMay 7, 2010 | 11:20 GMT
Germany Makes Its Choice
Germany is fighting to save the eurozone for the short term, but may begin contemplating new economic, political and security arrangements for the future, after the crisis recedes.
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