Will the Pacific Become the New Middle East?

The old adage “generals always fight the last war, especially if they’ve won it” applies not only to the military and war, but to almost all aspects of human conflict and interaction, such as diplomacy. Paradigms often change right underneath the noses of so-called “experts” or policymakers.

The Spratly Islands are a few of many islands disputed by regional players such as China and Japan.… [Read more]

Israel and the Arab Spring: Crazy Conservatives Wrong Again

Islamist Egypt wipes Israel off the face of earth. Now that’s a headline one would be expecting to see around this time if one bought into all the conservative hyperbolic theories that surrounded the Arab Spring (for example). Conservative pundits argued that regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and even Turkey (which technically was not part of the Arab Spring but experienced a more Islam-oriented political revival in recent years in contrast to its secular, Kemalist past) would soon unite in a frenzy of Islamist passions to seek the utter destruction of the Jewish state.… [Read more]

It’s Time for a More Moral Foreign Policy

One of the things that perplexes me most about conservative criticisms of President Barack Obama is their general painting of a man who, from any sane perspective, appears to be a moderate Democrat, as the second coming of Stalin or Mao.

Immanuel Kant, above, was one of the earliest proponents of what we today recognize as liberalism in foreign policy, advocating strong international institutions, the growth of republican governments, and more morality in the global arena.… [Read more]

Wrapping Up the Week: Give Peace a Chance

The end of another week means that we are that much closer to election day in the US. Based on the way the media covers the flood of campaign ads, the latest polls, voter suppression efforts and the power of Super PACs one could easily draw the conclusion that not much is else is going on in the world.… [Read more]

The Limitations of the United States and its President

Despite his empty-chair-talking tendencies, I still remain a fan of many of Clint Eastwood’s movies. And one of my favorite Eastwood scenes occurs in the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force where Clint observes “Man’s got to know his limitations.”

I only wish more people heeded this advice.

The Republican party used to follow the precepts of Henry Kissinger (right, pictured with former President Ronald Reagan) in foreign policy–preserving American national interest ran supreme and the country’s limitations in foreign policy were taken into consideration.… [Read more]

Mitt Romney: A Foreign Policy of Incoherence

Although the 2012 presidential campaign may still be in its early stages, one thing is clear: foreign policy is not the Republican Party’s strong suit this year. Not only are the party’s overall views on foreign policy disjointed and incoherent (as opposed to the 2004 election where the party was mostly united in a strong hawkish, neoconservative philosophy) but its candidate himself, Mitt Romney, is both inexperienced in and, as can be more clearly gleaned from his recent world travels, uneducated about the international arena.… [Read more]

Islamism vs. Institutions: Not a Simple Equation

Often it goes without saying in the political science world that the best way to foster liberal democracy against the threats of extremism and illiberalism in a post-revolution society is through the presence of institutions and political parties.

However, the recent Arab-Spring-related elections may not bare this popular theory out.

Egypt—a country with a deep history of civic institutions, secularism, and political parties—elected a member of the Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood, as its first post-Mubarak regime president.… [Read more]

Can You Hear?

This “In the Spotlight” post features writer, singer and guitarist Terry Sherven. The song, “Can You Hear,” was written with the Arab Spring, Wisconsin protests and Occupy movement in mind. Terry has toured all of the major Occupy sites in the Northwest — singing this song in the streets, protestors singing along with him.… [Read more]

A Round Of Applause For President Obama

In a world of headlines that change from hour to hour, it is a struggle to keep up even with the volatile ‘now’. Everything needs to be condensed in sound bites and judged in isolation rather than correlation. However, from time to time, it is imperative that we look back — to at least the recent past — to determine how it shaped the ‘now’.… [Read more]

2011: A Blurry Year In Review

This is the time of year when those ‘Year In  Review’ articles appear. The thinking behind (some of) it is that in order to move forward, we should take a look back so that we may see what what we’ve survived and examine the lessons learned along the way. Here’s a small slice of what we recall in no particular order (hey, it’s still holiday season so we’re perfectly fine with being a wee bit foggy from all that, um, holiday cheer).… [Read more]

Donkeysaddle Projects: Art as Inspiration and Activism

Our goals at BorderlessNewsandViews.com include eradicating the walls that arise between people and presenting you with ‘the other side of the news’.  We’re on the lookout for creative people who help us learn about ourselves — and the things that make us more…human. 

The inaugural ‘Breaking Borders’ post is an interview with Ms.… [Read more]