Ultimately, intimidation and psychological warfare against innocent civilians contributed to the group’s success just as much as physical destruction did.
Tunisia emerged as the democratic success story of the Arab Spring, but President Saied is changing course.
The lack of political will and neighboring cooperation to promote integrity inevitably ensues havoc within a country—such as mismanagement of natural resources, poverty, and social unrest. This is a state of affairs that Central America has cyclically encountered.
“Theories of history, fundamental beliefs about how the world works, are usually assumed rather than argued and rarely get subjected to serious scrutiny. Yet these general ideas set the parameters for all the specific policy choices an administration makes. Know an administration’s theory of history, and much of the rest is easy to fill in.”
– Gideon Rose
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Big-stick Politics: how the Biden-led airstrikes in Syria demonstrate the United States’ continued hard power stance in the Middle East
While Washington is unlikely to remove all economic sanctions imposed on Iran, only time will tell which country will give in first. Even though the United States continues to carry a big stick, at some point some compromise from both sides must occur.
The power vacuum in Syria and the influence of rival players urges the U.S. to protect its interests in the region by rebuilding the country’s social infrastructure with very limited violence.
The United States’ status as the world’s sole hyperpower will most likely erode by 2050. However, instead of replacing the current superpower, China will most likely be locked into a bipolar international structure.
In recent times, however, there have been tensions between the United States and other NATO member nations regarding financial contributions to NATO.
The tendency of Eastern cultures to focus on relationships highlights the importance of community, hierarchy, and interpersonal relations, while the emphasis on logic and fixed rules in ancient Greece is fundamental to the individualist Western worldview.