First, the Tokyo Games. The modern Olympics was originally intended to be a collaborative celebration that transcended nationalism, with amateur athletes from around the world coming together to compete on the athletic field rather than the battlefield. A nice idea, perhaps, but it became just another arena of national competition […]
Will the United States and Europe Break Up Over China?
Yet when two stalwarts of this geopolitical union, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden, meet at the White House on Thursday, there will be something new and unsettling in the air: a sense the relationship is changing, perhaps permanently. Americans are increasingly frustrated at European reluctance […]
Free Trade Is Dead. Risky ‘Managed Trade’ Is Here.
But the nondiscrimination principle is now under the most sustained assault it has ever faced. On issues from national security to labor rights to the environment, the world’s largest economies are deciding that nondiscrimination—the bedrock principle of free trade and globalization—must take a back seat to more pressing concerns. The […]
Biden Isn’t Selling Out on Nord Stream 2. He’s Protecting U.S. Firms.
Under the Biden-Merkel deal, the United States and Germany commit to investing $50 million each in Ukrainian green energy. This is to help Ukraine get the $3 billion annual transit fees Russia has been paying to send gas through Ukrainian pipelines and to sanction Russia should it use Nord Stream […]
Beijing’s Attempts to Intimidate Taiwan Have Backfired
China’s pressure campaign against Taiwan has intensified since 2016, when Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office. Tsai, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, refused to accept Beijing’s “One China” formulation, which considers Taiwan a province of a single China. Tsai’s defiance is the culmination of a dramatic swing in Taiwanese […]
Xi Jinping Is Using Party Outreach to Build an Anti-U.S. Bloc
The CCP and World Political Parties Summit targets foreign political parties, whether in power or not. Attendees included former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Argentine President Alberto Fernández. This effort to engage at the national and subnational political level is a potentially potent tool for […]
Pakistan using blasphemy law to abuse minorities in the country
Islamabad: The blasphemy law in Pakistan is used for harassing the minorities of the country, observed by recently held international conference. But, despite such concerns, the European Union is “failing to help” victims and pressure must be put on Pakistan to repeal its laws. The conference on Pakistan’s highly controversial […]