February 14th, 2017 | Blog - Good governance | By Radu Magdin

Romania is more prosperous, more democratic and more forward-looking than has ever been

Eurasia Diary: More than 100 thousand people have participated in protest against government’s measures versus anti-corruption. From your viewpoint, is it greatest demonstration in history of Romania after 1989 revolution? Is it big victory for democracy in Romania? Radu Magdin: The last week’s protests represent indeed the greatest popular mobilization recorded in Romania after 1989. […]

February 14th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Why does the U.S. military have such a staggering record of failure?

The official end of the Cold War came in 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the creation of the Russian Federation. Since then, remarkably, the United States has been at war or engaged in significant conflicts and military interventions in which tens of thousands of its soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen have […]

February 7th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Inside Vladimir Putin’s head, it’s all about Donald Trump

It does not take someone with 30 years experience at the CIA, MI-6 or Mossad to imagine what must be going through the mind of former KGB Lt. Col. Vladimir Putin, now president of Russia. Who is this fellow Donald Trump, the newly elected leader of the United States? What and how does he think? […]

February 6th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Dania Koleilat Khatib

What will be the fate of Syria?

Astana talks did not bring any new solution to the Syrian crisis. It was merely an extension of cease fire. The different parties agreed to continue negotiations in Geneva. The question is: what will be the fate of Syria? In order to know the fate of Syria it is important to determine the fate of […]

February 2nd, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Trump’s first week brings bizarre campaign to Oval Office

What a week. President Donald J. Trump has transferred the unconventional and often bizarre aspects of his campaign into how he intends to govern the nation. The new chief executive entered office with the lowest popularity rating of any president since records have been kept. His inaugural address was a repeat of his campaign promises […]

January 25th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

2017 – the year of no world order

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of two transformative events. The U.S. entered World War I to make the world safe for democracy. And that November, Russia became the Soviet Union. In the ashes of the so-called Great War, the seeds for a second global conflict and a cold war were sown. In many ways, the […]

January 25th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Dania Koleilat Khatib

The time is ripe for side track diplomacy with Iran

In Davos, Jawad Zareef announced that his country is ready to work with Arab neighbours. Some described his speech as hypocritical. A cartoon showed a drawing of Zareef and doves flying out of his speech, next to a drawing of Qassem Soleimani with bullet being fired from his riffle. The comment was: Iran at Davos […]

January 18th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Russian meddling – why are we shocked?

The response by most Americans, less so by one president-elect, to Russian meddling in the U.S. elections is reminiscent of a memorable scene in the movie classic Casablanca. When informed of gambling at Rick’s Café, Captain Louis Renault, aka Claude Raines, blurts out “I am shocked,” as he is being handed his cut of the […]

January 12th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Adina Anghelache

Romania’s foreign policy for the next four years

On January 4th the Grindeanu government was sworn in and its governing program accepted by the Parliament. While in terms of foreign affairs, the document fails to offer a coherent vision and a realistic list of priorities, in terms of the country’s security environment, threats, and needs, the new government seems more coherent. The document […]

January 10th, 2017 | Blog - Good governance | By Harlan K. Ullman

Resistance to change will make for short honeymoon for Trump

Make no mistake: President Donald Trump’s political honeymoon will end just three days after he is inaugurated on Jan. 20, on his first working day. The reason is hidden in clear sight. Both domestic and international politics require confronting the nearly infinite inertia and resistance to change no matter how justified. In threatening or promising […]

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The 2017 edition of the Strategikon Annual Book – The Year of Challenging Choices

The 2017 edition of the Strategikon Annual Book – The Year of Challenging Choices

It’s not easy to be a leader, but the solution is closer than people may think and it has to do with returning to some good old fashioned traits that shaped leaders in past decades: will power, values and vision. Launched at the Good Governance Summit, The Year of Challenging Choices strives to understand the fault lines in international relations and the relevant actors, as they are and not how they appear to be.

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