Most zombie-films and books deal with disasters appearing in the U. Given the plethora of issues currently affecting the region, ranging from deficient health systems to a variety of narco-insurgent organizations, how would Latin America fare when the undead appears in that region?
January 8,4: Why is a distinguished and well-known approach to foreign policy confined to the margins of public discourse, especially in the pages of our leading newspapers, when its recent track record is arguably superior to the main alternatives?
I refer, of course, to realism.
This situation is surprising insofar as realism is a well-established tradition in the study of foreign affairs, and realists like George Kennan, Hans Morgenthau, Reinhold Niebuhr, Walter Lippmann, and others said many smart things about U. Realism also remains a foundational perspective in the academic study of international affairs and with good reason.
Similarly, major media outlets have shown Geopolitics in humanitarian affairs inclination to give realists a prominent platform from which to disseminate their views.
The results, alas, speak for themselves. Fast forward to today. Relations with Russia and China are increasingly confrontational; democracy is in retreat in Eastern Europe and Turkey; and the entire Middle East is going from bad to worse.
The United States has spent hundreds of billions of dollars fighting in Afghanistan for 14 years, and the Taliban are holding their own and may even be winning.
Two decades of U. Even the European Union — perhaps the clearest embodiment of liberal ideals on the planet — is facing unprecedented strains for which there is no easy remedy. All of which raises the following counterfactual: Would the United States and the world be better off today if the last three presidents had followed the dictates of realism, instead of letting liberals and neocons run the show?
The answer is yes. Realists believe nationalism and other local identities are powerful and enduring; states are mostly selfish; altruism is rare; trust is hard to come by; and norms and institutions have a limited impact on what powerful states do.
In short, realists have a generally pessimistic view of international affairs and are wary of efforts to remake the world according to some ideological blueprint, no matter how appealing it might be in the abstract.
Had Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama been following the realist playbook, how would U. First, and most obviously, had Bush listened to Brent Scowcroft, Colin Powell, or some other notable realistshe would not have invaded Iraq in Bush would have focused solely on eliminating al Qaeda, instead of getting bogged down in Iraq.
Thus, rejecting sound realist advice has cost the U. Realists understood that great powers are especially sensitive to configurations of power on or near their borders, and thus experts such as George Kennan warned that NATO expansion would inevitably poison relations with Russia.
This is a textbook combination of both hubris and bad geopolitics. Unfortunately, this sensible approach was abandoned in the idealistic rush to expand NATO, a decision reflecting liberal hopes that the security guarantees entailed by membership would never have to be honored.
Ukraine would still be a mess if realists had been in charge of U. Had Clinton, Bush, and Obama listened to realists, in short, relations with Russia would be significantly better and Eastern Europe would probably be more secure.
Instead of pledging to contain Iran and Iraq simultaneously, a realist would have taken advantage of their mutual rivalry and used each to balance the other. Dual containment committed the United States to opposing two countries that were bitter rivals, and it forced Washington to keep large ground and air forces in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.
A realist approach to Persian Gulf politics would have made that attack less likely, though of course not impossible. Had Obama listened to the realists, the United States would have cut its losses in Afghanistan a long time ago and the outcome would be no different than what we are going to get anyway.
Countless lives and vast sums of money would have been saved, and the United States would be in a stronger strategic position today.
Source: Mona Caron. Water is arguably the substance most important to maintaining life on earth. At the mountainous center of South America, Bolivia’s complex struggles with the scarcity and commodification of water captured worldwide attention at the turn of the twenty-first century. Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ге́льевич Ду́гин; born 7 January ) is a Russian philosopher, political analyst, and strategist known for his fascist views.. He has close ties with the Kremlin and the Russian military, having served as an advisor to State Duma speaker Gennadiy Seleznyov and key member of the ruling United Russia party Sergei Naryshkin. The French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) is one of the main independent European Think Tanks on geopolitical and strategic issues.
Fifth, for realists, the nuclear deal with Iran shows what the United States can accomplish when it engages in tough-minded but flexible diplomacy.
Realists repeatedly warned that Iran would never agree to give up its entire enrichment capacity and that threatening Tehran with military force would only increase its desire for a latent weapons capability.
Perhaps not, but the United States could hardly have done worse. Rather, it stemmed from the belief that unconditional U. Finally, had Obama listened to his more realistic advisors e.Mar 29, · Indian Ocean geopolitics and its impact on Sri Lanka March 29, , pm.
Indian Ocean. By Neville Ladduwahetty. I write to express my appreciation to Prof. Gamini Keerawella (Prof. Emeritus, University of Peradeniya), for publishing excerpts of a keynote address titled "Indian Ocean: Maritime Security" delivered by . The European Commission is making ambitious yet realistic proposals for a modern EU budget.
It is time for an EU budget that reflects rapid developments in innovation, the economy, the environment and geopolitics, amongst others. The literature on leadership in international affairs is interdisciplinary and, of course, extensive.
For the purpose of this bibliography, leadership is considered as the art of influencing people, organizations, and institutions to accomplish specific purposes, such as missions that serve public.
Towards more inclusive and effective diplomacy. Diplo is a non-profit foundation established by the governments of Malta and Switzerland. Diplo works to increase the role of small and developing states, and to improve global governance and international policy development.
Early last month notorious war hawk US Senator John McCain (R-Az) was diagnosed with brain cancer, and while he’s now been accorded a very high profile Khazarian sendoff by his fellow mafiosi, i.e.
the liberal and conservative establishments, Geopolitics Alert instead compiled a list of reasons why we don’t care much about srmvision.comue reading .
The Henry Jackson Society is a neoconservative British foreign policy think tank. It has been described as right-wing, but positions itself as cross-partisan, with support from some left-leaning politicians.
The former think tank Centre for Social Cohesion has been a part of HJS since It is named after the American politician Henry M. Jackson, the .