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
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
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
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
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.
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
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