Financial Times title: Democracy might be in crisis. But Autocracy certainly is FT subtitle: From the 2008 crisis on, authoritarians were praised for their ‘efficiency’. Their troubles dwarf ours By: Simon Kuper Date: 12 May 2022 “Crisis of democracy” is a cliché of our time. But what about the even more consequential crisis of autocracy? Just watch the meltdowns in...
23 Apr, 2022
GeoPolitical Futures title: The World and a Small War By: George Friedman Date: 19 April 2022 "No war is small when you are living in it, but the world is large, and large wars are rare. At the same time, wars reverberate in unexpected ways. A small war here might make another war elsewhere deadlier, or it might help prevent a war elsewhere. No war can be understood...
22 Apr, 2022
In past centuries, Russia was invaded several times by (a.o.): Turkey (1570-1572), Poland (1609-1618), Sweden (1708-1709), France (1812), Japan (1918-1922), and Germany (1941). The roles were reversed after WW2. To date, Russia invaded Georgia (2008), Crimea and Donbas (both 2014) and Ukraine (2022). The above paragraph is an (international)...
3 Apr, 2022
GeoPolitical futures title: The Emerging Order By: George Friedman Date: 29 March 2022 "I am writing this from Dubai, on a trip I will describe on my return to the United States. A summit was held in Israel over the weekend between Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Israel and the United States. The meeting was designed to back the U.S. into a...
3 Mar, 2022
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EU has suddenly adopted high speed decision-making and even without much fuss from its 27 members. Some are surprised about these changes. I'm not. I suppose, Condoleezza Rice (b.1954) was right when she once stated: "We need a common enemy to unite us." Quite often, leaders create imaginary enemies to get what they need,...
1 Mar, 2022
Today is the 6th day of war, Ukraine is still fighting back against the Russian invasion. That mere fact is providing Hope to all Ukrainians. According to a recent Polito article, the Russian president may have assumed that Ukraine would be like Afghanistan: a fleeing president and a swift surrender. A major miscalculation. The Ukrainian resistance is also providing...
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