Flying Dragon, Crashing Eagle

Flying Dragon, Crashing Eagle

Four geoeconomic summits compressed in one week tell the story of where we stand in these supremely dystopian times. The (virtual) signing of RCEP in Vietnam was followed by the equally virtual BRICS meeting hosted by Moscow, the APEC meeting hosted by Malaysia, and the G20 this past weekend hosted by Saudi Arabia. Cynics have…

Saudi Rushes to Improve Its Image in Advance of G20 and Biden

Saudi Rushes to Improve Its Image in Advance of G20 and Biden

Saudi Arabia has taken multiple steps to polish its tarnished image in advance of this weekend’s hosting of the virtual summit of the G20 that groups the world’s foremost economies and in anticipation of an incoming Biden administration in the United States that is expected to be critical of Riyadh and potentially more conciliatory towards…

Sick and Sadistic: World Fights COVID-19 Amid U.S. Sanctions

Sick and Sadistic: World Fights COVID-19 Amid U.S. Sanctions

Dozens of U.S. government-chartered flights have begun to airlift vital medical equipment and supplies from China to the U.S. as the latter becomes the world’s biggest case load of infections from the novel coronavirus. There are grim forecasts for the number of deaths in the U.S. as the pandemic is weeks from peaking there. China…

Nepotism in Government Breeds Stupidity in Governance

Nepotism in Government Breeds Stupidity in Governance

As witnessed during Donald Trump’s recent attendance at the G20 Summit in Osaka and his side trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea, relying solely on the counsel of one’s daughter and son-in-law resulted in Trump displaying for the world his total ignorance of the fundamentals of international relations and geo-politics. Trump insisted on…

The G20 Summit in Osaka

The G20 Summit in Osaka

The most recent G20 summit, attended by heads of state of the 20 most important global economies, was held from June 28-29 in the Japanese city of Osaka. The G-20 format, as we have noted on previous occasions is, at present, possibly the only political platform that allows participants to discuss and try to resolve urgent…

Trump’s Relationship to Russia and China: A Revival of the Henry Wallace Doctrine for the Post-War World?

Trump’s Relationship to Russia and China: A Revival of the Henry Wallace Doctrine for the Post-War World?

During the course of the G20 important agreements and alliances were reached between Russia-China and the USA which indicate that President Trump is not “just another neo-con” as some of his cynical detractors have claimed, but is actually working to re-orient the United States into a strategic alliance with the Eurasian superpowers. This was seen…