“What did the president know, and when did he know it?” This was the question asked by Senator Howard Baker who worked on the Senate committee investigating the Watergate Scandal. … Continue reading Conspirator in Chief?
What do Mitch McConnell and Prayut Chan-o-cha have in common? Not much at first glance. One is the Republican Senate Majority Leader of the United States, a masterful tactician who … Continue reading Welfare State Woes
Donald Trump’s administration is incredibly myopic. This is the main takeaway from the president’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Let us first make … Continue reading The Myopia of the Trump Administration
Vox recently published an article, written by David Roberts, titled “We overanalyse Trump. He is what he appears to be“. In it, Roberts discusses the concept of a “theory of … Continue reading Rationalising the Irrational
This was not a blog post that I had intended to write at this juncture in time. What was in the queue was an overview of Thai politics. Instead, it … Continue reading Chaotic Orthodoxy
Rex Tillerson initially seemed like a solid pick for Secretary of State. Yes, he had received an odd medal from Putin, of all people, and yes, he had no experience … Continue reading Rock Bottom for Foggy Bottom
Illiberal Democracy “Acta est fabula, plaudite.” These, according to the Roman historian Suetonius, were the last words of Augustus Caesar: “The play is over, applaud as I exit”. Augustus, of … Continue reading An American Autocracy?