Power and the Rise and Fall of Nations

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Last week, I appeared on a Turkish TV station and spoke to a business group in Switzerland. The same question was the focus of...

Medical, Economic, Social, Military: The State of Play

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A riot broke out in a poor, predominantly Muslim neighborhood north of Paris over the weekend. The immediate cause was a traffic offense and...

The Coronavirus Closes Borders

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The border between the United States and Canada has been closed. I don’t recall that ever happening before; I’m not sure what it is...

Modeling the US Reaction to the Coronavirus

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The United States is under enormous pressure. The nature of the particular pressure is unique, though pressure on the United States from various forces...

Quarantine and the Supply Chain

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The global medical community appears to have devised a strategy for mitigating the coronavirus that depends largely on quarantine, or limiting contact among the...

Oil Prices

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Since before World War I and throughout the 1970s, the people who controlled oil had a lever for controlling others. Since the 1980s, the...

Thoughts on the Coronavirus

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I have presented geopolitics to be like economics, a science that predicts and summarizes the impersonal forces that drive a system so vast as...

The Canadian Geopolitical Dynamic

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Canada is being wracked by what appears to be a moderately important internal crisis over First Nations’ objections to the construction of a natural...

China, Ultra-Competence and Coronavirus

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The Communist revolution brought to power Mao Zedong. It created a state based on ideology, the belief that what would emerge from the long...

The Geopolitics of the Novel Coronavirus

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Geopolitics is a fairly slow-moving process that unfolds in predictable ways. This is usually the case. There are then moments when a wild card...

The Fragmentation of the European Union

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At the end of this week, the United Kingdom, the second-largest economy in Europe, will exit the European Union. Meanwhile, Poland is under intense...

Russia’s Puzzling Moves

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Over the past few weeks, two odd things have happened in Russia. The first is that Russian President Vladimir Putin has restructured the government....