Pikria Saliashvili

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 to…

The French Vote and Coming Up Short on Leadership

Campaigns have become battlegrounds for ideas and all is not quiet on the western front. President Trump was not elected on a policy platform, but on an idea of fear and protectionism. Brexit was not part of a well thought-out strategy, but rather an emotional response to short-term concerns. The birthplace of existentialism now faces…

A New Ceasefire for a New Year

Turkey confiscated supplies from a Russian plane destined for Syria, Saudi Arabia armed the Syrian rebels, and the Free Syrian Army continued to benefit from the better equipped, funded, and experienced al-Qaeda fighters. This was 2012 in the war in Syria. Not much has changed as Syria nears the sixth-year anniversary of the conflict. In…

Reset 2.0: A view from Washington

In an old Soviet stop-motion animated children’s film, Cheburashka, a small bear character, offers to help his friend Krokodil carry a package. Krokodil accepts the offer, Cheburashka picks up a parcel, and Krokodil then puts the parcel-carrying Cheburashka on his shoulders and they continue their journey. Offers of cooperation from Moscow ring similarly shallow. Yet…

Can the U.S. Elections Get Hacked?

When it comes to Election Day cyberattacks, illusion trumps reality. The perception of election rigging would more effectively undermine trust in the democratic process than an actual hack. Russia stands accused of an unprecedented escalation of cyber activity and direct interference in the U.S. elections. Coincidental or not, a highly polarized society and increasing skepticism…

A Case for Globalization in a World of Skepticism

In 2014, then-Prime Minister David Cameron promised to put rocket boosters behind talks to secure the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Now, Cameron is out of 10 Downing Street, the UK is out of the EU, and the momentum behind U.S.-EU talks has all but died out. TTIP has become a casualty of rising…

Taking a Tax Bite Out of Apple

The European Commission ruled that Apple should pay retroactive taxes to the Irish government for alleged tax avoidance over the last decade. What makes this case unusual is the fact that Ireland doesn’t want the money, and both the Irish government and Apple plan to appeal the ruling. Apple CEO Tim Cook rightly expressed frustration…

#MediaEffects Terrorism

One hashtag at a time, the so-called Islamic State uses social media as a very effective tool. Direct and open access to a large audience enables them to successfully attract foreign fighters and spread fear across the world. Unfortunately, Western mass media outlets end up amplifying the fear through their coverage of terrorism, which creates…

Playing with Money

Cleveland Cavaliers just clinched their first-ever NBA championship. In the world of soccer, Leicester City just won the English Premier League for the first time in team history. On both sides of the Atlantic, the two teams found a way to translate a penchant for working together into a winning strategy. The United States and…

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 to…

The French Vote and Coming Up Short on Leadership

Campaigns have become battlegrounds for ideas and all is not quiet on the western front. President Trump was not elected on a policy platform, but on an idea of fear and protectionism. Brexit was not part of a well thought-out strategy, but rather an emotional response to short-term concerns. The birthplace of existentialism now faces…

A New Ceasefire for a New Year

Turkey confiscated supplies from a Russian plane destined for Syria, Saudi Arabia armed the Syrian rebels, and the Free Syrian Army continued to benefit from the better equipped, funded, and experienced al-Qaeda fighters. This was 2012 in the war in Syria. Not much has changed as Syria nears the sixth-year anniversary of the conflict. In…

Reset 2.0: A view from Washington

In an old Soviet stop-motion animated children’s film, Cheburashka, a small bear character, offers to help his friend Krokodil carry a package. Krokodil accepts the offer, Cheburashka picks up a parcel, and Krokodil then puts the parcel-carrying Cheburashka on his shoulders and they continue their journey. Offers of cooperation from Moscow ring similarly shallow. Yet…

Can the U.S. Elections Get Hacked?

When it comes to Election Day cyberattacks, illusion trumps reality. The perception of election rigging would more effectively undermine trust in the democratic process than an actual hack. Russia stands accused of an unprecedented escalation of cyber activity and direct interference in the U.S. elections. Coincidental or not, a highly polarized society and increasing skepticism…

A Case for Globalization in a World of Skepticism

In 2014, then-Prime Minister David Cameron promised to put rocket boosters behind talks to secure the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Now, Cameron is out of 10 Downing Street, the UK is out of the EU, and the momentum behind U.S.-EU talks has all but died out. TTIP has become a casualty of rising…

Taking a Tax Bite Out of Apple

The European Commission ruled that Apple should pay retroactive taxes to the Irish government for alleged tax avoidance over the last decade. What makes this case unusual is the fact that Ireland doesn’t want the money, and both the Irish government and Apple plan to appeal the ruling. Apple CEO Tim Cook rightly expressed frustration…

#MediaEffects Terrorism

One hashtag at a time, the so-called Islamic State uses social media as a very effective tool. Direct and open access to a large audience enables them to successfully attract foreign fighters and spread fear across the world. Unfortunately, Western mass media outlets end up amplifying the fear through their coverage of terrorism, which creates…

Playing with Money

Cleveland Cavaliers just clinched their first-ever NBA championship. In the world of soccer, Leicester City just won the English Premier League for the first time in team history. On both sides of the Atlantic, the two teams found a way to translate a penchant for working together into a winning strategy. The United States and…