Is Vietnam adopting a tough South China Sea posture?

By Xuan Loc Doan Over the past month, some international news outlets have reported that Vietnam is pursuing a strong stance on the South China Sea. Yet a closer look at Hanoi’s overall position – as well as those of other countries and international entities – vis-à-vis the maritime issue shows that is not the … Continue reading Is Vietnam adopting a tough South China Sea posture?

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No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

He’s just shifting the burden to allies and relying more on mercenaries By Stephen Gowans The announced withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the drawdown of US occupation forces in Afghanistan very likely do not represent the abandonment of US aims in the Middle East, and instead more likely reflect the adoption of new … Continue reading No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

Either the EU ditches neoliberalism or its people will ditch the EU

John Wight has written for a variety of newspapers and websites, including the Independent, Morning Star, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, London Progressive Journal, and Foreign Policy Journal. We live in a world fashioned by Washington, and as 2019 approaches the dire consequences remain woefully evident. In 1948 US State Department mandarin George Kennan – the man credited with devising the … Continue reading Either the EU ditches neoliberalism or its people will ditch the EU

Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game

Moscow hosted talks last week to promote peace in Afghanistan as neighbors and regional heavyweights eye the rewards of stability in the long-troubled land By Pepe Escobar In the “graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia pledged … Continue reading Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game

Economics, not ‘security,’ likely fueling nuclear arms race

By Ken Moak The US starting an arms race with China and Russia might be motivated by economics, in that defense industries are a major part of the US economy. According to the US Department of Commerce, defense industries account for nearly 15% the economy, employ millions of people and are a major revenue generator. … Continue reading Economics, not ‘security,’ likely fueling nuclear arms race