L
ately there have appeared in the media a plethora of columns and cartoons attempting a daunting task: to explain rationally what is almost by definition unexplainable: i.e., the irrational psychotic behavior of someone who lives in an alternate reality punctuated by inveterate lying. I am referring to President Donald Trump, of course. There is one such daily column in the on-line publication Modern Diplomacy dubbed “The Caligula Presidency.” That title ought to suggest its scope to the reader.

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rump has been shadowed by questions about potential ties to Russia since winning the election. U.S. intelligence agencies have also concluded that Russia did indeed meddle in the campaign to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

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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.

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disheveled, unkempt, unclean Steve Bannon finally emerged from his warren this week to claim outstanding success for this administration in its first month in office. Disheveled, unkempt, unclean is how Mr. Bannon always looks. The American Psychiatric Association Manual of disorders DSM-IV defines a mental disorder as a "clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome or pattern ...". Add Mr. Bannon's paranoid fulminations on Breitbart and there is cause to worry.

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t has become apparent that the Republicans in the House, under White House pressure, are now dragging their feet on the investigation of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Consequently the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund, in an attempt to hold their feet to the fire, has launched an independent “Moscow Project” which will promote and advocate the creation of a truly independent investigation.

Published in Caligula Presidency

Either we hang together or we will surely hang separately”--Benjamin Franklyn to the Colonial Congress I don’t really care whether Europe is separate or together”--Donald Trump

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or a while now, at least a dozen years, the European Union has been going through an identity crisis. I have often analyzed the causes of such a crisis, arguing that to recover its identity the EU needs to re-examine the origins of its birth and the purposes of its union.

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ouse Republicans are getting ready to derail a Democratic resolution by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), named a “resolution of inquiry,” which would have forced a disclosure of President Trump’s potential ties with Russia and any business conflicts of interest. They are sending it to the House Judiciary Committee for a panel vote on Tuesday 28 of February, when it will be killed. It will never see a floor vote.

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akistan and India relations have always been termed as the roller coaster ride, with fledgling democracy, imperious military dominion and uncanny mistrust decelerating its velocity. During the season of peace, the governments of both countries confabulates the campy slogans and glib promises of never-ending friendship between both nations, which turns into irksome babbling in times of political tension.

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