W
hen I was in college in the 60s I took a required course in American Government. It had chapters on Federalism, the Constitution, Checks and Balances, the Three Equal Branches of Government, the demarcation, separation and balancing of power.

Published in Americas

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or a very long time Intelligence Studies has been dominated by analysis of the Five Eyes community, which is comprised of the United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. In reality, that study is more often the study of intelligence in the US and UK. While not entirely fair to characterize this as Western prejudice - access to data is better in these two countries and intelligence scholars and analysts for the most part do not fear retribution or reprisal – more voices need to come forward to consider intelligence and its role on societies beyond the Five Eyes.

Published in Africa

F
ake news has become a great problem in our life. The more so, questionable news and lack of clarity can seriously influence society and bring chaos to the minds of ordinary people.

Published in Eastern Europe

P
resident Trump has been in the White House for a total of one month. He came in reassuring us all that he would be a strong, efficient CEO who would hire the best and manage successfully just as he had managed his business empire (never mind tax return disclosure or a half a dozen filings of bankruptcy). So, perhaps as assessment is already due.

Published in Caligula Presidency

T
here is an ongoing wishful thinking which began as soon as Donald Trump announced his candidacy: it’s fed by the wrong notion that somehow democratic institutions will stop, or at least curb Trump’s abuse of power. Now that he is president, some historians give us approximately a year to save the Republic.

Published in Americas

R
ecently I had a robust discussion with a colleague on the predicament of American democracy. I was told that I should desist from my obsessing with President Trump and focus instead on the damage already done. Trump is merely filling the vacuum created by such damage. He kept reminding me that it is not him who is crazy, it is us who are crazy for electing him.

Published in Caligula Presidency

I
t is a conceit of democracy that opposing parties, after months of trying to convince the public the other would be a disaster for the country, should after the election cooperate for the good of the whole.

Published in Americas

W
e are three weeks into the administration of the 45th President of the United States and we already observe signs of the beginning of the end.

Published in Caligula Presidency
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