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”

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

Background papers, Political Commentary

Emerging Alliances: Central and Near West Asia

On 4th and 5th April, President Erdogan hosted a meeting with President Putin of Russia and President Rouhani of Iran. While the stated goal was to discuss the situation in Syria, the meeting was a clarion call, a warning and a sign of changing times and alliances. The conflux of Russia, Iran and Turkey allows… Continue reading Emerging Alliances: Central and Near West Asia

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

Syria Seven Years Later: No Comment

I defer to the perfect written statement from the Responsibility to Protect (G2P) IGO. Here it is ... there are no words to describe the sorrow and regret that I have for what is happening in Syria. Please read this: Quote: This Thursday, 15 March, will mark seven years of deadly conflict in Syria. Since… Continue reading Syria Seven Years Later: No Comment