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Thailand’s Ideological Divide and the US-China Rivalry

Thailand’s Ideological Divide and the US-China Rivalry

In Thailand’s democratic history, no foreign influence was ever as impactful in shaping the country’s political structure as that of the United States. Bilateral relations peaked during the anti-communist alliance during the Vietnam War. But despite Thailand’s geopolitical neutrality since then, the Sino-US rivalry is being recontextualized under the country’s ideological divide.

Turkmen Neutrality: A Way to Survive

Turkmen Neutrality: A Way to Survive

On December 12, 2023, Turkmenistan celebrated the 28th anniversary of its neutrality. Since the UN General Assembly adopted a special resolution on Turkmenistan’s Permanent Neutrality in 1995, the principle has become a key feature of Ashgabat’s foreign policy, squaring several geopolitical circles for the young state. A geopolitically difficult position.

Georgia in the New Balance Of Power

Georgia in the New Balance Of Power

Morality and international politics do not mix easily. For good reason. War is the distinguishing trait of relations among states. And war is all about killing and maiming other human beings. Of course, war is episodic rather than continuous. But the ubiquity of conflict situations remains the hallmark of inter-state relations. Violence is omnipresent – in mind if not in act.

In Support of Switzerland’s Neutrality Initiative
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In Support of Switzerland’s Neutrality Initiative

A group of engaged citizens in Switzerland has started the process for a political initiative with the goal of writing a definition of the country’s signature foreign policy into its constitution. If the initiative is signed by 100’000 eligible voters by May 2024, this will lead to a mandatory referendum in a few years time….

Morals and Foreign Policy

Morals and Foreign Policy

Morality and international politics do not mix easily. For good reason. War is the distinguishing trait of relations among states. And war is all about killing and maiming other human beings. Of course, war is episodic rather than continuous. But the ubiquity of conflict situations remains the hallmark of inter-state relations. Violence is omnipresent – in mind if not in act.

Europe, the Jews, and the Muslim World

Europe, the Jews, and the Muslim World

Europe has an obsession about Jews. For nearly 2 millennia, it hated them and persecuted them. Now, after a respite of a few decades, it condemns and abuses Muslims in a similar way – all in the name of supporting Jews. Israel’s inhuman treatment of the Palestinians – culminating in their massacre and mass eviction from Gaza – leaves Europeans unmoved.

Death Spiral

Death Spiral

The multilayered tragedy unfolding in Israel/Palestine has us all transfixed. But not inert. Our emotions and minds are roiled in an effort to make sense of what happened, what is happening at the moment and what the chain of repercussions will be. A deliberate thinking through of this maelstrom requires a rare discipline that is…