Policy

How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

by |April 18th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | April 18, 2017 Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO… read more

Categories: Climate Policy, Policy

Our misguided ‘wars of choice’

by |April 16th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | April 16, 2017 There is one foreign policy goal that matters above all the others, and that is to keep the United States out of a new war, whether in Syria, North Korea, or elsewhere. In recent days, President Trump has struck Syria with Tomahawk missiles, bombed Afghanistan with the most… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

Eurasia is on the rise. Will the US be left on the sidelines?

by |April 10th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | April 9, 2017 The world’s biggest geopolitical trend today is not America First, or the global war on terror, or Brexit, or the renewed Cold War with Russia. It is the economic integration of Europe with Asia, especially the European Union with China. Europe and Asia co-inhabit the world’s largest landmass,… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

US military should get out of the Middle East

by |April 2nd, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | April 3, 2017 It’s time to end US military engagements in the Middle East. Drones, special operations, CIA arms supplies, military advisers, aerial bombings — the whole nine yards. Over and done with. That might seem impossible in the face of ISIS, terrorism, Iranian ballistic missiles, and other US security interests,… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

Donald Trump’s Climate Fantasies

by |March 31st, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | March 31, 2017 Legend holds that King Canute brought his flatterers to the sea to show them that even a king could not command the ocean waves, that the laws of nature are more powerful than the decrees of men. So pity Donald Trump, who really believes that his executive orders can… read more

Trump passes the baton of technological leadership to China

by |March 27th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | March 27, 2017 At the core of a country’s global competitiveness is its ability to innovate. As economist Joseph Schumpeter observed in his classic “Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy,’’ capitalism is characterized by waves of “creative destruction,” in which advances in technology create new industries while destroying old ones. Yet President Trump… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics, Technology

The Muslim ban and American history

by |March 19th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | March 19, 2017 Donald Trump’s revised executive order to bar entry to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries is the latest salvo in America’s epic culture wars over race and American identity. As a matter of national security and law, the policy makes no sense, as the US District Court for… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

The ethics and practicalities of foreign aid

by |March 13th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | March 13, 2017 As a lifelong advocate for development aid for the world’s poor, I am angered by the reported plans of the Trump administration to slash US foreign aid. I know how many children will die or grow up without access to education if President Trump’s proposals are adopted. I… read more

Categories: Financing, Policy, Politics

The high costs of abandoning international law

by |March 6th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | March 6, 2017 Even before Donald Trump put America first, the Republican Party had largely walked away from international treaty law. Now Trump’s “America First” is likely to mean a further denigration of international law and process, to the further detriment of America’s national security and long-term interests. Consider the following… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

The Three Trumps

by |March 1st, 2017

As featured in the Project Syndicate | March 1, 2017 Never in recent history has a change of leadership attracted as much attention and speculation as Donald Trump’s rise to the US presidency. What this change signifies and what it portends requires unraveling three mysteries, because there are three versions of Trump. The first Trump is the friend… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics