Here’s How Kim Jong-Un’s Death Could Change North Korea and Tensions with China

This article was written by IWP alumna Patricia Schouker.  North Korea might choose to become like China or a new tense stand-off between Washington and Beijing could emerge. News of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s possible ill-health rippled throughout the world, sending governments scrambling for information. Given recent developments, it could foreshadow a transition in…

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The National Interest

Of all competing concepts in the political vocabulary, the term “national interest” remains both the most vital and simultaneously the most elusive. Barring outright treason, there can be no honest citizen in any sovereign nation that will deliberately advocate violation of a country’s national interest. Interests Then the fun begins. Being vital is not enough.…

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Coronavirus Debt Crisis: A Catalyst for Geopolitical Change

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Western states to increase their national debt by a considerable margin. At the same time, Russia is taking advantage of the opportunity to buy up American financial obligations. The geopolitical consequences will not be anodyne. If one state owns the majority of another’s debt, the latter is geopolitically weakened in…

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Land and Oceans


For most of history, geography represented an inescapable, deterministic phenomenon that controlled how, when, and where nations and peoples lived out their short lives. Where you lived, the climate, access to outside, barriers from outside, etc. were factors that pre-technology could not overcome. If you were born in a closet, you lived in the dark.…

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America’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Is Too Valuable to ‘Unsign’

Resuming nuclear testing is for chumps; “unsigning” or ratifying the treaty is for the flamboyant. For now, steering clear of all three is America’s best course. Last week, the State Department caused a stir raising suspicions the Chinese were violating the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Almost immediately, at least one senator repeated an earlier request…

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Honore Daumier, L’Equilibre Europea, (1866)

The Balance of Power

In the realm of World Politics, the term “Balance of Power” is the governing concept that controls the entire field, but it is rarely even mentioned in any popular media. The explanation, so far as can be seen, is that public opinion is so consumed with personality, domestic politics, self-indulgence, good or bad behaviors, and…

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General George Washington Resigning his Commission

Strategic Doctrines, Then and Now

In its relatively short history (two and one quarter centuries), the United States of America has gone through several phases of foreign policies, each beginning with a form of strategic “doctrine” or outline of direction. The First: George Washington and Isolationism The first, and probably the greatest, came from the hand of the nation’s “Father,”…

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Hungary at War with COVID

As the world battles the global coronavirus pandemic, Budapest stands accused of using the crisis to enshrine authoritarianism via parliamentary vote—by giving conservative prime minister Victor Orbán extraordinary powers forever. An angry clamor has gone up, calling for Hungary to be expelled from NATO and the EU. Such calls are premature, however. There is no…

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The PLA’s Exploitation of the Coronavirus Pandemic

In Davos in 2017, Xi Jinping painted a vision of a China-led globalist world. The Chinese Communist Party’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic gives us a taste of Chinese global leadership: it includes a breathtaking degree to which other nations, desperate for transparency and reciprocity in the form of detailed information and medical supplies, have…

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