Jacob Parakilas

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NATO headquarters in Brussels. Photo: Getty Images.

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), one of the central institutions of the transatlantic alliance. The anniversary comes as NATO faces growing external threats – and even more significant threats from within, as some of its member states turn towards authoritarianism and away from democracy.

But calls to save NATO because it is a bulwark of liberal values have it backwards. NATO has numerous elements and serves many purposes, but it is first and foremost a military alliance. As such, it reflects the internal politics of its membership to a far greater degree than it shapes them.…  Seguir leyendo »

Since becoming president, Donald Trump’s proclivity for ‘unpredictability’ has been on full display. Whether this is a carefully thought-through strategy or simply the gloss the president and his inner circle apply to his freewheeling, chaotic and seemingly strategy-free approach to political leadership, the effects of that approach are being felt keenly in Washington DC and across the world. Nowhere is this truer than in ongoing political crisis in the Gulf, where not knowing the US’s next move is being equated in some corners with the US not having one.

The standoff between Qatar, three of its GCC neighbours and Egypt is the first major foreign policy crisis of Trump’s term in office.…  Seguir leyendo »

Tonight, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet on the debate stage for the first time. With polls showing only a narrow Clinton lead, there is enormous interest in what the three presidential debates represent not just in the US, but around the world.

But what perspectives will viewers outside the US be bringing to the debates? Our research offers a few clues. Since 2013, we have been tracking how elites in various regions view the US, using narrative submissions from those most closely connected to their country’s foreign policy process. The most recent iteration of this report looked at Latin America and the post-Soviet states.…  Seguir leyendo »

Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign last year by targeting the Mexican government, which he accused of intentionally sending murderers and rapists to the United States. Since then, he has continued to launch attacks, claiming that he will force Mexico to pay for a border wall with the United States and claiming that an American judge’s Mexican heritage prevents him from fairly adjudicating a lawsuit against one of Trump’s businesses.

Against that backdrop of recent history, Trump will sit down with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday. But what does either side stand to gain from it?

Despite their geographic proximity, Mexico and the United States have a political relationship that could be better described as «complex» rather than «close.» Mexico prizes its independent approach to international relations, and has historically diverged from the United States on counternarcotics and trade policies, among others.…  Seguir leyendo »

Experts weigh in with their top three arguments on Britain’s so-called ‘Brexit’ vote: Why Britain should remain in the EU, why it should leave, and why America should care. The views expressed are their own.

Why it’s time for Brexit.

The vital issue at the heart of Brexit — whether Britain should exit the European Union — is simple. It’s not about money, trade, war, or immigration. It’s about democracy.

As long as Britain’s in the EU, it doesn’t govern itself. It doesn’t control its borders: The EU does that. It doesn’t make its own rules: The EU does that. Its laws can even be overturned by European judges.…  Seguir leyendo »

A demonstrator carries an AR-15 at a gun rights rally at the Utah State Capitol on 2 March 2013 in Salt Lake City. Photo by Getty Images.

Every time guns enter the national conversation in the US – every time there is a massacre, or a contested police shooting or a push for additional gun control measures – we are treated to a repeat of the same conversation. Gun control advocates call for new legal restrictions on gun ownership, the NRA and its Republican allies push back, tempers flare and nothing happens.

Wash, rinse, repeat. The lack of progress has become so absurd that satirical newspaper The Onion has begun to run the same story every time a mass shooting gets national attention: ‘»No Way To Prevent This,» Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.’

One of the few things that seems widely agreed upon in this debate is that a ‘national conversation’ about the stubborn resilience of gun violence is needed.…  Seguir leyendo »