Category Archives: International Relations and Global Security

Lost in 7

There’s a good interview with Lee Smolin at Quanta on his relational view of nature, which you can also find in his Three Roads to Quantum Gravity. His view is inspired by Leibniz’s metaphysics in The Monadology, and it reminds … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security, Philosophy and Science, Politics and Economics | Tagged | Comments Off on Lost in 7

Is Donald Trump a Chollima Rider? On the Kim-Trump Meeting at the DMZ.

What but a mysterious force could propel the Chollima horse to speeds of 1,000 ri a day? Could it be the very same mysterious force that Kim Jong-un says brought Donald Trump and he together at the DMZ? Or is … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Is Donald Trump a Chollima Rider? On the Kim-Trump Meeting at the DMZ.

The Twin Paradox of Denuclearisation Diplomacy with North Korea

June 12 marked the first anniversary of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, and the period thereafter has seen some suggest preparations are afoot for a third summit. Kim Jong-un sent a letter to Trump to mark … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security, Politics and Economics | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Twin Paradox of Denuclearisation Diplomacy with North Korea

Weekly Thumbprint

The business about the DIA’s assessment, it is not clear that this assessment is shared by the US IC as a whole, continues to attract attention. Likely this is related to a push from within the US nuclear weapons complex … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security, Philosophy and Science, Politics and Economics | Tagged | Comments Off on Weekly Thumbprint

Taking the Standoff Between Iran and the US in the Gulf as a Controlled Experiment

The escalating crisis in the Persian Gulf between Iran and the United States and its allies is about as close as one can get to a controlled experiment in international relations. On the hand the crisis promises to tell us … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Taking the Standoff Between Iran and the US in the Gulf as a Controlled Experiment

Back to the Future: US Ups the Ante on Russian Nuclear Weapons Testing at Novaya Zemlya

A lot of the new nuclear weapons systems that have been discussed from the 1990s onward, but never realised, have origins that can be traced back to the US and Soviet weapons labs of the 1980s. The end of the … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security, Philosophy and Science | Tagged , | Comments Off on Back to the Future: US Ups the Ante on Russian Nuclear Weapons Testing at Novaya Zemlya

Weekly Impressions

Jovo Bakic is perhaps the only left wing, by that I mean genuinely socialist, public intellectual in the Serbian public sphere. That’s most unfortunate, however, there is a flip side to this. Although Bakic, who describes himself as anarchistic, is … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security, Philosophy and Science, Politics and Economics | Tagged | Comments Off on Weekly Impressions

North Korea’s KN-23 SRBM and Strategic Stability

It’s not the KN-23 SRBM alone that’s a threat to strategic stability on the Korean peninsula. That threat comes from a mutual strategic interaction between the US, South Korea, and North Korea. Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on North Korea’s KN-23 SRBM and Strategic Stability

It Takes Two Baby: North Korea’s Second Iskander Like SRBM Test and Strategic Stability

The escalation ladder we are climbing with North Korea is starting to take some serious and some ominous shape. Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on It Takes Two Baby: North Korea’s Second Iskander Like SRBM Test and Strategic Stability

Making an International Crisis into an International Crisis: North Korea Tests Short Range Ballistic Missile and Multiple Rocket Launchers in Echo of 2017

We’re riding an escalation ladder with North Korea, and we’ll continue to do so until we recognise that North Korea also has interests. Continue reading

Posted in International Relations and Global Security | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Making an International Crisis into an International Crisis: North Korea Tests Short Range Ballistic Missile and Multiple Rocket Launchers in Echo of 2017