Day: June 13, 2020

A Pipelineistan Fable for Our Times

A Pipelineistan Fable for Our Times

June 13, 2020
Once upon a time in Pipelineistan, tales of woe were the norm. Shattered dreams littered the chessboard – from IPI vs. TAPI in the AfPak realm to the neck-twisting Nabucco opera in Europe. In sharp co…
Libya’s Negotiating Table

Libya’s Negotiating Table

June 13, 2020
Since the military intervention in Libya by an international coalition (primarily comprised of NATO member states, led by Washington) began in 2011, it has been impossible to establish a stable centra…
Ugly States of America

Ugly States of America

June 13, 2020
The United States seems hopelessly riven with division, as the mass protests over the police killing of African-American man George Floyd reveal. Protesters are calling for police forces accused of sy…
The Failed American Experiment

The Failed American Experiment

June 13, 2020
“The American experiment” is a familiar phrase among us. When we reference it, we do so fully confident that it has proven out: America is an enduring success. But our moment — in its largeness, its i…
The Rise and Fall of Empires

The Rise and Fall of Empires

June 13, 2020
I think that it would be true to say that sudden spurts of economic growth are often caused by preparation for war, war itself, and post-war reconstruction. This process in particular was occasioned b…