At Large
At Large
by | Mar 25, 2020

Last night I returned from Spain. Along with Italy, it is the so-called epicenter of the coronavirus in Europe. Worse, the last six weeks have also seen me in Britain, Portugal, France, and all over North Africa, as if I…

by | Mar 14, 2020

Boris Johnson can boast that in at least one political maneuver, he has trumped Benjamin Disraeli. As the United Kingdom begins three months of intense negotiations with the European Union, discussions will be in English. That’s quite a concession from predominantly…

by | Mar 11, 2020

One consequence of the United Kingdom’s victory in securing independence from the super-state pretensions of the European Union may be to rejuvenate the EU itself. Not that the UK, as a member state, posed an inexorable risk to the viability…

by | Feb 25, 2020

Until now, most international bodies have remained cautiously optimistic regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), refusing to take hard measures necessary to prevent the spread of the disease. This hesitancy is understandable, given that the Western world has not experienced…

by | Feb 23, 2020

For four years, the German Empire took on much of the world in what was originally called the Great War. Berlin had allies, after a fashion — the decrepit Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, along with Bulgaria, a smaller kingdom on…

by | Feb 16, 2020

Rodrigo Duterte, the ever-unpredictable president of the Philippines, has given official notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that governs the presence of U.S. military personnel. Among other complaints, he said Americans were rude and failed to leave their…

by | Feb 13, 2020

While President Donald Trump’s recently released Mideast peace plan is likely to gain little traction — both with Israel and the U.S. facing partisan gridlock and elections and the Palestinians swiftly rejecting the measure — it does provide a fresh…

by | Feb 10, 2020

“There is a dayspring in the history of this nation, which perhaps those only who are on the mountaintops can as yet recognize,” Benjamin Disraeli wrote of England. “You deem you are in darkness, and I see a dawn.” Since January 31,…

by | Feb 6, 2020

President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Poland this week to assure his hosts that France will not let the Russians do anything bad to them. At the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, alma mater and home town of his host, President Andrzej…

by | Jan 28, 2020

As in any divorce, attention is focused upon the agitator for break-up. What led to the severing of cordial relations? Why are resolution and compromise no longer options to explore? How will our “hero” fare once separation is accomplished and…

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