West, Russia Face Off in Belarus Over Baltic–Black Sea Waterway Project

Plans for a new Baltic–Black Sea waterway, passing through Ukraine, Belarus and Poland, have the potential to revolutionize the geopolitics of Europe’s East as well as exacerbate East-West tensions (see EDM, February 18). The European Union has labeled the project “E40,” and the United States has signaled its support. And were the E40 waterway to be…

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AI

When Paul Valéry Imagined Hacking the Human Brain

In his interwar work Les regards sur le monde actuel (1962), Paul Valéry intuits that civilization would one day enter a new era following the triumph of technology over contemplation. For Valéry (who worked as a clerk in the French War Ministry), an intelligence-disrupting regime had already been established by fraudulent intellectuals who disconnected thought…

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Digitalizing the World: The Era of Invisible Power

Thomas Flichy de La Neuville is an IWP Research Professor and the Chair of Geopolitics at the Rennes School of Business. It is clear that digitalizing the world, which interconnects people and equipment, represents a major transition within our civilization. It is changing the ways in which power is exercised, partly concealing it from public…

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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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