Kazakhstan emerged from the Soviet Union as a poor country under Russian domination. Today, its new capital rises from the steppe and its living standards are improving. Behind this lie both a Eurasianist politics and an authoritarian development model.
Indonesia’s rising working and middle classes have demonstrated a commitment to its traditional religious values. In response, formerly neoliberal leaders are jettisoning their Western influences and renewing alliances with the country’s major Islamic organizations.
Retired military generals financially entangled in the defense industry structurally bias the media towards war. These networks have legitimized many of the U.S. military interventions which continue to define foreign policy.
Non-Western universities are rising in reputation and research capability as Western universities become increasingly consumed with social politics. As more global decision-makers are trained by non-liberal institutions, liberalism will cede a key historical vector of influence.
As testosterone levels decline in America, executives at the highest levels of industry are supplementing with human growth hormone and testosterone to build their empires and engage in corporate trench warfare well into their 70s.
In the 20th century, a Catholic world centered in Europe and North America sought to engage the liberal world order. Many believed the age of ecclesial conflicts with modernity to be at an end. With the coming of Pope Francis, the periphery is exerting its influence—and a political theology of confrontation is returning.
Barack Obama’s 2008 election promised a reform of American foreign policy. Ten years later, a new book by senior Obama official Ben Rhodes explains how forces both inside and outside the administration successfully constrained executive action.
A Palladium team embeds with the Gilets Jaunes in Paris. They return with on-the-ground observations about the riots, the movement’s desires, and France’s political winds.
Developments in technology and politics are leading to increasing competition for control over space. The liberal focus on time and progress seems ill-suited to such a reality. As a result, the spatial politics of history may well play a role in defining the future.
A team of Palladium correspondents spent a week in Xinjiang. They saw how the Chinese state uses Uyghur manpower and high-tech Maoism to suppress Islam and extremism.
The prospect of mass political violence is a growing theme in American discourse. However, the pacifying effects of liberal political structures have made such an outcome virtually impossible.
A close look at America’s geopolitical situation reveals striking similarities with the late British Empire, but an alternative model like the Eastern Roman Empire could provide a more sustainable way forward.
Retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis’ book Sea Power has ambitions to be the next classic text on the subject, but the expansionary neoliberal vision it offers is uncreative, obsolete, and could lead to war.
The realist school of foreign policy has long predicted a post-liberal geopolitics. Rather than an existential crisis, the current landscape is merely the latest move in a very old game.
Macau is a meeting point between the West, China, and Africa. The broader Lusosphere is well-placed to play the same role globally.
Pierre Trudeau’s legacy is as the Prime Minister who made Canada a liberal and multicultural success story. However, Trudeau’s own writings reveal deep contradictions between liberal theory and the realities of sovereignty and power.
Patterns of land usage have a profound effect on history and the structure of society. Understanding this fills an important hole in Western political discourse.
The Belt and Road Initiative has made waves as China’s largest regional development push to date. It also has the potential to start reshaping international norms. But understanding the project’s structural logic requires looking through Chinese political lenses.