Middle East

The Qatar Crisis and the Future of the GCC


Qatar is no stranger to escalation from its fellow members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In 2014, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors, and severed ties with the country for “meddling in international affairs”.  Before that, Saudi Arabia withdrew its diplomatic corps from...

Asia

China’s Subtle Plan for Naval Expansionism


Deng Xiaoping’s “24-Character Strategy” emerged in 1990 in response to the global backlash of Tiananmen Square a year prior. Its subtlety matches its potency: “Observe calmly; secure our position; cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never...

Americas

Will He Stay or Will He Go: Rexit Edition


It comes as no surprise that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson might look for an early exit and a scientific theorem might help explain the reason why. Occam’s razor posits that the easiest explanation is usually the right one. Tillerson never wanted the job and has been largely ineffective as a government leader due...

Americas

A Cautionary Tale of Constitutional Rewrites


Rewriting national constitutions became a trademark of Latin America’s famous “Pink Tide,” or turn towards leftist governments. While this process was frequently seen by supporters as an attempt to give power back to the people, it often resulted in consolidating power within the executive – a problem further...