Category Foreign Policy

Goodbye Gorbachev

For decades a nuclear sword of Damocles hung over the head of the world.  This was the essence of the Cold War. During those decades there were periods of relative peace and times when a Third World War seemed unavoidable.  In the 1980s things heated up considerably. Ronald Reagan became the President and promised a […]

India at 75: Kashmir, Pakistan and China

The Kashmir crisis has consumed India and Pakistan since independence. It is the defining aspect of politics in South Asia and it should not be. To understand Kashmir, you have to understand partition. Partition cost approximately a 1,000,000 lives as the departing British much like they did in Ireland partitioned India based on religion. I […]

India at 75 – The perils of Democracy

India’s democracy has been consistent as we discussed yesterday- a remarkable achievement for a developing nation. But it hasn’t been all sweetness and light. I’ll preface this piece by saying, this is a highly simplified version of how things have gone, but done as a sort of an “India for Dummies” narrative. India has since […]

India at 75 – The wonders of democracy

I am taking a short break from Florida-oriented posts the next few days to focus on the 75th Anniversary of India becoming independent on August 15, 1947. The Republic of India marks 75 years of independence from the United Kingdom on Monday (3 years as a Dominion within the British Commonwealth and 72 years as […]

HOW PUTIN WINS: Authoritarians as a Global Coalition

After an expansion of freedom and democracy since 1980 there has been a reversal that has been labeled a “democratic recession.”  In this period democratically elected strongmen and authoritarian leaders have consolidated power in Russia, Venezuela, India, Turkey and Hungary.  These leaders have suffocated freedom and represent the style of leadership Fareed Zakaria warned of […]

America’s shame. Sexism, radicalization and loss of global soft power

The United States loves to say “we’re number 1!” and have otherwise ignorant fans in sports chant “USA USA USA!” America is always the best, always on top. We are god’s chosen people, an exceptional race (even though we’re not a race or ethnicity or anything of the sort, but what does that matter, we […]

#Indiaat75 Masterclass video series – The East India Company 1686-1799

The latest in my #Indiaat75 masterclass series covers the period from 1686 to 1799.

Beyond saving western democracy (no hyperbole ) Macron’s victory broadly points to themes Democrats need to seize on

Emmanuel Macron’s resounding re-election victory in the French Presidential Election has potentially massive implications for Democrats in the US. Macron defeated far-right populist Marine Le Pen, whose ideology broadly resembles that of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Le Pen’s neo-fascism has found broader appeal in France over the last ten years than in the past and […]

TFS + Early Access- A discussion on the French Election

Tim Smyth and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss the French Presidential Election Runoff which takes place on Sunday.

Cool hand Vlad or Crazy Ivan?

This month’s invasion of the Ukraine marks a new era in Russia’s relations with the rest of the world.  Vladimir Putin inherited Russia in a time of economic and political collapse.  Slowly he stabilized the economy and gradually stabilized the domestic political scene.  As an authoritarian thug he jailed, tortured and killed his political opponents.  […]