This Week in Geopolitics, May 2017

Russia’s History of Destabilization Campaigns

May 22, 2017

From its founding, the Soviet Union conducted campaigns designed to destabilize and neutralize potential enemies.

The Stability of Trump’s Foreign Policy

May 15, 2017

With no fat lady in sight as the opera unfolds in Washington, it is useful to stop and consider an interesting point: For all the tumult that has defined President Donald Trump’s domestic policy, his foreign policy is relatively stable. There are some notable differences, of course, but what went before is pretty much what is going on now—a startling revelation, given the expectations.

Don’t Forget About the Islamic State

May 8, 2017

Two things happened in Syria over the past two weeks that went under the radar. First, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed to have ousted Islamic State fighters from the last IS-controlled districts in Tabqa, a town 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the Islamic State’s de facto capital, Raqqa. According to the Syrian Kurdish Hawar News Agency, IS fighters are now besieged at the Tabqa Dam outside the town.

Regime Collapse and a US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

May 1, 2017

There is a paradox when it comes to perceptions about Afghanistan. No one would disagree that after 15 years the Afghan state built by the West remains ineffective. Yet, no one is willing to acknowledge that if present trends continue the logical outcome will be regime collapse.