Brian F. Bridgeforth

Understanding the World

The World

Global Warming
International

The Effects of Global Warming on Geopolitics

July 9, 2018

Too often the most consequential issue in world affairs gets pushed off to the backburner and ignored. We pay attention to forces such as a rising China, a nuclear North Korea, a nuclearizing Iran, or

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
International

Mexico’s Next President: Andrés Manuel López Obrador

July 2, 2018

Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (also known as A.M.L.O. by his supporters) is best known for his populist and nationalist rhetoric. He has run for president of Mexico on three occasions, and on

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Europe

Turkey’s Erdoğan Cements his Power

June 25, 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has dominated Turkish politics since his rise to prime minister in 2003 and later as president.  During that period he has slowly gained control of almost all levers of power.  However, when

History

Leopold II
History

Leopold II and the Rape of the Congo

June 11, 2018

King Leopold II of Belgium is remembered in history as a monster.  His atrocities in the Congo committed in the name of greed are the darkest chapters of European colonialism.  Through the period from the

September 11, 2001
History

Remembering September 11, 2001

March 27, 2018

September 11, 2001 is one of those events that anyone who is old enough remembers exactly what they were doing when they heard the news that terrorists had flown planes into the World Trade Center

Simón Bolívar
History

The True Legacy of Simón Bolívar

January 23, 2018

When Hugo Chavez came to power in 1999 he set about changing the name of Venezuela to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela after the South American liberator, Simón Bolívar.  It was part of what Chavez

Forty-Five

John Bolton
Forty-Five

Trump’s Project for a New American Century

June 18, 2018

If you take a trip back to the days where the neoconservatives reigned supreme in the George W. Bush White House and advocated and got their war in Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein, you will

The Republican Party
Forty-Five

The Republican Party Under Trump

April 25, 2018

Republicans are dropping like flies and November’s midterm elections have not even arrived.  At last count 40 Republican members of Congress have announced their intention not to seek reelection—a record.  The party is hemorrhaging support

Forty-Five

The F.B.I. Raids on Michael Cohen are Bad News for Trump

April 16, 2018

In another twist to the ongoing investigations of Donald Trump and his interactions, the F.B.I. raided the office of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, last week.  It is unclear what wrongdoing prosecutors were looking for,

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