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Geopolitical Journey, Part 5: Turkey

Geopolitical Journey, Part 5: Turkey

We arrived in Istanbul during the festival of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael on God’s command and praises the God who stayed his hand. It is a jarring holiday for me; I was taught that it was Isaac whom God saved. The distinction between ...

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The NATO Summit: The Day After

The NATO Summit: The Day After

“An historic encounter; a turning point in the history of the organization” was how some of the NATO leaders assessed the summit in Lisbon (November 19-20, 2010). The focus of the summit was approval of the new strategic concept that will underlie the organization’s activities in the coming years. ...

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Geopolitical Journey, Part 4: Moldova

Geopolitical Journey, Part 4: Moldova

Moldova is a country in need of explanation, two explanations in fact. First, there is the question of what kind of country Moldova is. Second, there is the question of why anyone should care. Oddly, I went to Moldova thinking I knew the answer to the second question but not the first. I came away ...

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North Korea, China's Hidden Dagger

North Korea, China's Hidden Dagger

The Korean War ended in a stalemate in 1953. Having begun on June 25, 1950 with the blessings of Joseph Stalin, an armistice agreement on July 27, 1953 left the peninsula divided between the Republic of South Korea and the Peoples Republic of North Korea. How long ago was that? Dwight D. Eisenhower ...

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Coming To America! Preview the Shredding of US 1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech

Coming To America!  Preview the Shredding of US 1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech

The first hearing in Elisabeth’s case will take place in the court of Vienna on November 23rd, starting at 9:00 CET. In collaboration with EuropeNews and Tundra Tabloids, we will be live blogging the event from the morning, aiming to decipher exactly what is the offense Elisabeth is charged ...

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Geopolitical Journey, Part 3: Romania

Geopolitical Journey, Part 3: Romania

Editor's note: This is the third installment in a series of special reports that Dr. Friedman will write over the next few weeks as he travels to Turkey, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Poland. In this series, he will share his observations of the geopolitical imperatives in each country and conclude ...

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Sudan on the Verge of Division? The Referendum, Oil, and Foreign Involvement

A referendum in Sudan scheduled for January 9, 2011 stands to determine no less than the creation of a new state. Southern Sudan, rich in oil and populated mainly by Christians and animists, will decide whether to split off from the primarily Muslim north, poor in oil and striving to impose shariyalaw ...

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Just What Is a Ghetto, Really?

In Denmark and elsewhere, there has been a lot of discussion about so-called 'ghetto areas', where out-of-control crime, unemployment and disrespect for the authorities makes for some interesting challenges. Unfortunately, we do not seem to quite understand the nature of the problems yet. This ...

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Geopolitical Journey, Part 2: Borderlands

Geopolitical Journey, Part 2: Borderlands

A borderland is a region where history is constant: Everything is in flux. The countries we are visiting on this trip (Turkey, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Poland) occupy the borderland between Islam, Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. Roman Catholic Hapsburg Austria struggled with the Islamic ...

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