A proverbial “turning point” came during the 1998-1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1992, your Strategic Demands editor, working in the presidential campaign of Gov. Jerry Brown and developing the campaign’s platform, spoke often of a “peace dividend”. Governor Brown focused the campaign’s foreign policy on peace potential….
Category: War & Peace
Oh how the truth is bent, twisted, psyop’d, propagandized, comm killed and botted about. Today, war in Ukraine is displayed with dis- and mis-info, virally blasted out and marketed as war-by-other-means.
Perspective is essential in understanding causes of war — and roads to peace. Strategic Demands strives in our work to see security, and mutual security, with a realistic perspective. Here, Anatol Lieven, brings a “Responsible Statecraft” perspective…
September 10, 2019 — Breaking News. In a Tweet, the US President sends another of his “You’re fired” missives. This time aimed at the long-time aggressive advocate of hard-line, failed wars — John Bolton. In a chaotic White House with daily-shifting policy, who’s willing to be next in a succession of foreign policy/national security advisors?
As the U.S. energy policy continues to focus on fossil fuels, we at Strategic Demands take a look at the data and consider crude oil proved reserves. It is an appropriate moment to consider the longer term, e.g., the longevity of the U.S. fracking upsurge… and consequences
John McCain was a warrior and a patriot. To his last days he supported policies of extended war and a belief in American military strength. The questions he leaves behind, as the nation hears of his funeral and politics, are questions of victory — and of costs. Strategic Demands writes of this as “surviving victory”
Visit Strategic Demands’ Associate, GreenPolicy360.com Daily perspective … New Definitions of National Security; Environmental Security; Global Security; Climate Change & Climate Policy; Nuclear Issues; Atmospheric Science; Earth’s “Thin Blue” Layer; “Eco-nomics”; Geopolitics of Oil & Gas; Natural Resources; The Strategic Challenge of Acting to Secure “The Commons”
The lies of the Iraq war and subsequent disaster now shift toward an Iran disaster. After listening this past week to Israel’s PM present his country’s official POV regarding Iran, although it veered widely from top U.S. security officials public statements and testimony before Congress, the U.S. president has decided
A war moving toward a 20 year failure …. and centuries bear witness. The war in Afghanistan has a history, a more extended history than most every policy maker, pundit and political commentator has confronted directly or in passing. Roger Morris reminds our readers of a brutal past and of Bagram’s ghosts
October 27, 2016 — The United Nations today adopted a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.
Remember the moment there, back at the end of the cold war, when the U.S. could have shifted policy direction away from contined war-time mobilization… The moment passed. The new century has delivered continued crisis. In the holiday season, David Stockman adds his voice to calls for a different vision and wiser security policy
World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT) was published by the U.S. State Department in December 2015. The report covers the eleven-year period from 2002 through 2012, the most recent year for which final data for many parameters were available in 2015
53 years ago today, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasili Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain’s order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and beginning a nuclear war between the superpowers
As Presidents Obama and Putin meet in New York … the UN meets this week under a supermoon to talk of the state of the world. In DC and NYC the signs are ominous as the Pope returns from the U.S. to the Vatican and throughout the Mid East, catastrophe escalates as millions of refugees […]
The debate over the #IranDeal swirls abetted by multi-million dollar donations and unprecedented lobbying. One issue is rarely mentioned even though the commencement of another war — an extended Middle East/Near East war — involves entangling alliances, economic/domestic consequences, and multi-dimension, multi-year costs
President speaks to the issue of international agreement with Iran — As delivered at American University — August 5, 2015 ◊ Obama: Arguments against Iran deal echo those favoring war in Iraq — Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama, seeking to amplify his campaign to garner congressional support for the Iran nuclear deal, declared Wednesday the decision […]
What is the president of the Brookings Institute’s thinking for an “endgame”? The recent escalation of the Ukrainian conflict has been accompanied by an escalation at Brookings with its positions urging greater US military involvement. In a series of strongly worded statements directed toward Vladimir Putin, Strobe Talbott takes hard lines and pushes for “lethal […]