Back to the future: The post-Pax foreign policy debate

Interesting times.

Back map 1914It is no accident that the arc of the 20th century has in some ways circled back to where it started, one hundred years on from the prelude to the “Great War” of 1914-18.  Whether humans imagine themselves to be acting on ideology or “realism,” we continue to do pretty much the same things.  Between politics, geography, and time, we humans are very predictable.

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Russian naval bases for world peace

Interesting times.

 

The face of Old World incursion into the Americas, 1860s-style.  Emperor Napoleon III of France and Empress Eugenie. Painted by Jean-Leon Gerome.
The face of Old World incursion into the Americas, 1860s-style. Emperor Napoleon III of France and Empress Eugenie. Painted by Jean-Leon Gerome.

The times, they are a-changin’.  Five years ago this month, at the very dawn of the Obama Epoch, there was a flutter in the dovecote where the armchair military analysts hang out.  A rumor circulated that Russia planned to secure the use of the Yemeni island of Socotra, in the Indian Ocean, as a naval base.  The old Soviet navy had used Socotra Continue reading “Russian naval bases for world peace”