The EU is punishing young Hungarians

The European Commission has decided to suspend funding to 21 Hungarian universities from its Horizon Europe initiative, which supports cross-border collaboration on research and development, and its Erasmus+ study-abroad program. The aim is to defend …

Aces-high frontier: space war in 2053

There are good reasons why the best science and speculative fiction ranks high on the reading lists of many military scholars and leaders. Done well, speculative military fiction projects thoughtfully beyond the here and now, …

Peace by exhaustion in Ukraine

While wars invariably end, the underlying disagreements often remain. The peace is tenuous and interrupted by spasms of violence. The way a war ends—whether through outright victory, exhaustion or mutual deterrence—might make a difference, with …

Russia’s post-Putin possibilities

Now that Russia has been so greatly damaged and diminished by President Vladimir Putin’s reckless war of choice in Ukraine, what might the country’s future hold? Plausible scenarios range from a power grab by a …

Malaysia’s new dawn?

In 2007, on the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence, Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz celebrated the ‘miracle’ of the country’s economic rise and creation of a vibrant multiethnic society. In the 15 years that followed, …

Iran’s protests go back to the future

The public unrest that has gripped Iran since September, spearheaded by women, is essentially about the very objectives that the instigators of the 1978–79 Iranian revolution sought but failed to achieve—a pro-democracy transformation of the …

Remembering Jim Molan

Major General Jim Molan—outstanding soldier, leader, statesman, strategist, pilot, linguist, politician, patriot and author—passed away peacefully on 16 January. At 72 years young, Jim lost his last campaign with his loving wife Anne and their …

Sri Lanka’s hard road to recovery

In 2022, Sri Lanka faced its deepest ever economic and political crisis. The country’s descent into chaos accelerated from March, sweeping away high-level bureaucrats and political leaders held culpable for implementing the misguided economic policies …