Israel is no longer a liberal democracy. As Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government took office on 29 December, its illiberalism was evident. No longer a matter for debate or polite embarrassment, the contempt for liberal ideas brings all the disparate factions together: against the…
If straits and islands are the gates to the oceans, microchips are the gates to the virtual. In their countless billions or trillions, “they are the…
The new powers over the atom had a most significant correlate in the power to generate blueprints for new realities. Through a kind of fairy craft…
The prospects for peaceful change at the level of the international system remain rather limited, but in the nuclear age change as such may also have to…
As we said in our last post, the war in Ukraine never became a hegemonic war and that for two reasons: First, the Russian answer: if hegemonic wars are…
The ancient Greek historian Thucydides was the first to write about the idea of great wars. There are many kinds of wars between states, fought for many…
Decoupling is a strategic shift whereby states switch their focus from economic growth to economic control. Ultimately, the meaning of decoupling is…
A mystery play in three acts. First. When the Portuguese arrived at Kilwa in the East African coast, they marvelled at the tall buildings made of coral…
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