Stratfor explains how China’s Belt and Roads Initiative might reshape Europe

The Turkey Istanbul tunnel under the Bosphorus

Summary: Monday's post looked at how China's Belt and Roads Initiative was spurring growth in the less developed areas of Asia and Africa -- and linking those nations more tightly to China. Here Stratfor looks at how the B&R initiative links to Europe, the end of its new Silk Road. China uses the EU's weakness as an … Continue reading Stratfor explains how China’s Belt and Roads Initiative might reshape Europe

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Stratfor looks at signs the end times have begun for France’s Fifth Republic

Summary: All the western nations are experiencing similar stress from slow growth, cultural change, immigration -- and political structures that no longer well fit their societies. We can learn much from how others cope. Now its France's turn. The results from Sunday's elections seem unlikely to improve or resolve their problems. "Has France's Fifth Republic … Continue reading Stratfor looks at signs the end times have begun for France’s Fifth Republic

An arms race in hypersonic missiles: burning billions to accomplish nothing

Summary: Along with a new Cold War we get a new arms race. Hypersonic weapons are one of the expensive new military toys the major nations will spend tens of billions to build, after which neither they nor the world will be safer. It is a cycle of madness. Americans, of the exceptional nation, see … Continue reading An arms race in hypersonic missiles: burning billions to accomplish nothing