The Hope Behind Putin Helping in Syria

President Obama insists on looking the gift horse of Russian military help for Syria’s embattled government in the mouth. Rather than welcome assistance in blocking a Sunni extremist victory, Obama bends to the neocons and liberal hawks, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains. Russia’s airstrikes on rebel strongholds in Syria, now in their fifth day, … More The Hope Behind Putin Helping in Syria

The Sell-Out of Greece by SYRIZA and the Bankruptcy of the Globalist “Left”*

The “victory” of the globalist “Left” in Greece The second victory of SYRIZA in Greece within eight months was celebrated by many in the European and US “Left” as a victory for the Left in general, following its almost total political and ideological bankruptcy of the last two decades or so. That is, the kind … More The Sell-Out of Greece by SYRIZA and the Bankruptcy of the Globalist “Left”*

Another example of a failed ideology: Venezuela should be rich, but its government has destroyed its economy

The problem with socialism isn’t that you eventually run out of other people’s money. It’s that you eventually run out of oil money. Well, at least in Venezuela. It doesn’t have an economy, so much as a poorly run oil exporting business that isn’t enough to subsidize everything else. And that was true even when … More Another example of a failed ideology: Venezuela should be rich, but its government has destroyed its economy

Foreign Policy Responses to International Cyber-attacks

How could foreign policy instruments be helpful in responding to major cyber-attacks? This policy brief provides a first exploration of this topic by investigating five cases of international cyber-attacks which had a great deal of societal impact. What role did foreign policy instruments play in the responses to these cyber-attacks, and how can we evaluate … More Foreign Policy Responses to International Cyber-attacks

Oil and gold: private sector and post-conflict risks in Colombia

For the first time in decades Colombia seems to be on course towards a negotiated settlement with its two remaining guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army. However, the post-conflict prospects are not altogether auspicious. Abundant weapons in circulation, demobilised combatants with criminal expertise, and multiple opportunities for applying this know-how in both … More Oil and gold: private sector and post-conflict risks in Colombia

The BRICS as an EU Security Challenge: The Case for Conservatism

The Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’ has published a new report, titled “The BRICS as an EU Security Challenge: The Case for Conservatism”. This report by Peter van Ham examines whether, and if so how, the BRICS are a security challenge to the European Union (EU). The report argues that, apart from demanding a … More The BRICS as an EU Security Challenge: The Case for Conservatism