The Second Phase of American Geopolitics

I began this series with discussions of geopolitics and philosophy. I think it is useful now to attempt to show the practical impact of geography on politics and to continue using geography to explain the evolution of the United States. Last week, I showed how geography shaped America’s founding, both in terms of its foreign […]

July 3, 1863: The Birth of a Nation

The United States didn’t fully form until after the Civil War, which turned at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Technocracy, Liberal Democracy and the Division of Our Time

Feb. 15, 2017 The idea that expertise ought to guide our political life is at odds with the principle of national self-determination.

President-Elect Donald Trump

Nov. 9, 2016 His victory proves he – and the class of voters who elected him – cannot be overlooked.

A Different Kind of Reset in Russia

July 26, 2017 Whatever the intent of the propaganda and the hacks, the Russians are back where they started.

The Dispensability of Allies

May 17, 2017 Trump brings unpredictability to his talks with Middle East leaders, but some things we already know.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

I’m writing this on Memorial Day, a day dedicated to remembering those who died fighting for the United States and to enjoying the first outdoor gatherings of the summer. For some, marking the day by enjoying the pleasures of a barbecue seems a betrayal of the dead. For me, it is a celebration of life. […]

The US-China War Will Have to Wait

There are more important issues to attend to first.

Israel’s Russia Gambit

How will Russia respond to the implied request to rein in the Iranians?

The Middle of an Era

Only now is the full power of what started in 2008 being felt.