Venezuelans cross the Simon Bolivar bridge linking San Antonio del Tachira, in Venezuela with Cucuta, Colombia, to buy basic supplies on 16 July, 2016. Photograph: George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images
The burgeoning meltdown in Venezuela has several dimensions, all of them important for anyone concerned about the political health of the Americas and how this can impact on international politics more generally.
As the knot tightens around the American President, what are his options going forward?
This blog looks at the parallels between the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki and that which took place in Yalta in 1945.
President Trump’s letter to a number of NATO Allies in the lead-up to the Alliance Summit on 11-12 July, warning them that America is running out of patience as regards their failure to jack up their defence spending is a cheap shot, but a shot nonetheless. It needs to be taken seriously.
[caption id="attachment_4455" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN[/caption]
The Singapore summit has left me with three major conclusions, none of them reassuring.
There is, of course, plenty that could still go wrong between Washington and Pyongyang in the lead-up to and at the Trump/Kim Jong-Un summit. Everything points to the fact that it will now proceed as planned on 12 June. I also expect that there is a better than even chance that the summit will result in a grand deal, but not one that is in the interests of the United States and its traditional allies in the region and even further afield.
For my take on the emerging global futures and the drivers shaping them, read this input into a discussion on the TopLink platform of the World Economic Forum, originally posted in March 2018 on my site and in a slightly revised version on that of the WEF on June of this year.
What do Putin’s extraordinary polling numbers really say and what can they mean for Russia’s future?
This latest post on the situation in and around the Korean peninsula looks at where
we stand as the world’s athletes gather for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
This blog discusses who may benefit from the attack on the Hudson River Bike Path on 31 October and its possible implications for Russian-American cooperation on combatting terrorism.