Background papers

US Tariff Wars: World Trade on the Brink

Earlier this year, the US announced 25% tariffs on Steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the EU; they also announced similar tariffs on products coming from Canada, Mexico, China and other countries. In retaliation, most countries including the EU has imposed reciprocal tariffs hitting steel, aluminum, agricultural crops, manufactured good, tobacco and alcohol.  Until… Continue reading US Tariff Wars: World Trade on the Brink

Background papers, Political Commentary

The EU Needs a Considered Security Legal Refugee/Asylum Seeker Screening methodology not “Stop Soros”

In contrast to my last analysis  of Hungry's regressive "Stop Soros" law, I do believe that over all these years of refugee influx, the huge secretariat sitting in the EU and its various organizations should have developed a consulted, considered security screening framework to sort out applicant refugees. After all Europe cannot absorb unfettered immigration.… Continue reading The EU Needs a Considered Security Legal Refugee/Asylum Seeker Screening methodology not “Stop Soros”

International Law, Political Commentary

Hungary’s “Stop Soros” Law a Definitive Challenge to EU Human Rights Charter

When Hitler started his rant on the MASTER-RACE, most European leaders stuck their heads in the sand and did not react as vociferously as they should have; they chose the road of appeasement. Today Hungary is feeding into a megalomaniac's distorted view of the refugee influx into Europe, a man who has been able to… Continue reading Hungary’s “Stop Soros” Law a Definitive Challenge to EU Human Rights Charter

International Law, Political Commentary

Foreign Policy Implications of US’ Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Commission

It is not as simple as just removing yourself from the UN Human Rights Commission, particularly if you are the USA. The US is the bastion and the main proponent of all human rights and human rights provided a soft policy building blocks for all US foreign policy for near to 70 years. Why withdraw… Continue reading Foreign Policy Implications of US’ Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Commission

Background papers, Political Commentary

The Singapore Summit: Motives, Objectives and Informal Agreements

A lot of commentary has gone in to analyzing and directing who was and who was not at the summit and what POTUS 45 and Chairman Kim did or did not say. Very little analysis has been presented about how this very complicated summit was actually able to happen; who made it happen; and the… Continue reading The Singapore Summit: Motives, Objectives and Informal Agreements

Background papers, Political Commentary

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Shifting 70 years old World Order

It is remarkable that the 45th POTUS has been able to meet with Kim Jong-Un without any allies present, without China in the room and most importantly, without undue obstructionism from US Congress and the Democrats. This would never have been possible for President Obama and there are clear reasons why. This is the second… Continue reading Trump’s Foreign Policy: Shifting 70 years old World Order

International Law, Political Commentary

Syria: Ingenuine Motives Behind USA, UK and France Willingness to Adopt Military Response

Motivated by failure nationally on key policy issues, each of the leaders of the P3 are looking for an effective distraction. A central consideration for DT is to show that he is a commander-in-chief and able to make war like the best of them. The midterm elections are around the corner and recent congressional races have clearly pointed to the dangers of losing base voters.

Political Commentary

The Koreas: A Typhoon viewed through a Tea Cup

A month before the Olympics in South Korea, the World and the US was facing a nuclear standoff with Kim Jong-Un in North Korea. About a month after the Olympics, President Moon was visiting North Korea at the invite of Chairman Jong-Un. There was no representative of the US present and there apparently was no… Continue reading The Koreas: A Typhoon viewed through a Tea Cup

Political Commentary

China: Global Power and Regent

If you were in any doubt about who is emerging as the most powerful global power, both economic and politically, it would be China. Politically China today heralds the most "convening ability" in bringing to the table a maximum number of countries and regional powers. Its growing global political power is backed by its considerable… Continue reading China: Global Power and Regent

Political Commentary

Alternative Interpretations: UK and the Russian Expulsions

The timing of the alleged Russian poisoning of the defector was uncanny. It was the week before PM May was going to have her final showdown with the EU on BREXIT negotiations. Then there was the positioning and May's carefully crafted House of Commons statement a few days later, in which she invoked the full… Continue reading Alternative Interpretations: UK and the Russian Expulsions

Background papers, International Law, Political Commentary

International Law and Exceptionalism: Russia and the US

The ravages of World War II had put a finer point on the need for the emergent community of nations to maintain a strong collective commitment to international norms and conventions. This created the bedrock for the United Nations and the international legal system in the immediate aftermath. Challenges quickly emerged as Communism and religious… Continue reading International Law and Exceptionalism: Russia and the US

Background papers, Political Commentary

US Foreign Policy: 90 degrees change in Path and Focus

DT has managed to refocus US Foreign Policy within a year of assuming the seat of power, changing key policy commitments and challenging others including the relationship with Europe, China and Russia. Most significantly, Trump's hegemonic focus on the economics of "America First" has resulted in The militarization of US Foreign Policy, creating impunity for particular miltiaristic allies,… Continue reading US Foreign Policy: 90 degrees change in Path and Focus

Background papers, Political Commentary

China’s Continuous Leadership Coup

No one expected China's  Communist party to introduce and approve charter changes that lead to defect perpetual or continuous leadership at the highest party levels. Yet in the lens of the super long term view China takes of politics, history and culture, this astounding move is yet another chip in the ambitious and energetic push… Continue reading China’s Continuous Leadership Coup