Forget Arms Control Agreements With Rogue Nations – They Never Work in the End
As the coordinator for a think tank there are things that I would like to see happen in the world for the betterment of all mankind and the forward progress of species. Some are pipe dreams, some are possible, and some are probable. As a news junkie, because I must stay up on the current events in the geopolitical spectrum, I see some challenges on the horizon.If China is So Great Why Do All the Wealthy People Who Know Better Want to Leave?
Indeed, I am amazed at the number of people who say that the United States is no longer the greatest nation in the history of mankind. Many are beginning to say China is now number one. Not only am I confused because they are wrong, and I know for a fact that we are the top nation, but, I also know some facts that they probably don’t.Homeless Street Children: A Growing Social Ill
One of the major social problems in many nations worldwide is that of homeless street children. Children end up on the streets for a multitude of reasons. Some have lost their parents through civil wars, natural catastrophes, and other calamities while others flee from abusive homes or escape to the streets because their poverty-stricken families are unable to care for them.Can We Stop Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East?
Most of the military analysts have a negative outlook on WMD in the Middle East. Most of the think tank papers I’ve read show a rather dire and pessimistic view of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East as well, but still I ask; does it really have to be that way? No, I don’t believe it has to be any particular way, and that if we are careful and play it right, and have the help of the Arab League and others, we may be able to put a stop to the domino effect unraveling with regards to nuclear weapons…What Change Is the Ongoing Arab Spring Going to Bring in the Middle East?
There is little bit of political and social instability right now in the Middle East, we’ve watched government after government deal with civil unrest, protests, marches, and there has been a good bit of bloodshed and violence. Some nations’ fate are still up in the air as we speak. Not long ago, an acquaintance asked me if the Arab Spring was good for the US and/or how that will change the relationship the US has with various governments there?US Sanctions in Iran – Are They Working For Us or Against Us?
Economic sanctions are tricky business as anyone at the Council on Foreign Relations would agree. If you read Henry Kissinger’s essays you will see he believes economic sanctions are one lever but alone seldom bring the desired results. Okay so, are the economic sanctions working in Iran, well, yes and no, and it looks as if the US, EU, UN may agree to further sanctions including the Iranian Central Bank.China Has Definitely Gone Global
It seems every time we turn around in the United States, as we try to work our diplomatic efforts we see that China is involved. Yes, China is now the number two economy in the world, and that’s good for them, however we must also realize that we are the ones feeding that bubble, and it has now expanded globally. China appears to be on a giant scavenger hunt around the world for resources, materials, and oil.What Will the European Union and Euro Zone Look Like in Five Years?
Most understand that the EuroZone is in serious trouble right now with the Greek Default issues, and of course the people of Greece aren’t making it any easier. They don’t want austerity programs, they want to be given what they were promised by their socialist leaders leading up to the crisis. Of course, no one wants to bail out Greece because that would be throwing good money after bad.India Border Incursions From Chinese Army – That’s Going to Be a Challenge
Many would content that China has only good intentions as it grows economically and moves forward. In fact, a recent RAND Report claims that “China’s International Behavior” is purely peaceful and it is merely going about its business attempting to garner the resources it needs to keep growing its economy and bring its nation up to its full potential. Others content that this is not exactly so and point to the rather bold military buildup in China.Are Political Changes Coming to Venezuela – If So, They Can’t Happen Fast Enough
Generally speaking when a socialist leader of a large nation moves a free-market economy into that looking more like socialist theory, they have already turned towards a cliff and must continually pick up the speed to keep it going. There’s only one problem with that, we all know what happens when you drive a nation off a cliff. Okay so, let’s talk a little bit about Venezuela if we might.