Mohammed Bin Salman is deftly playing a chess game aimed at positioning the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a foreign policy leader both regionally and internationally, exploiting each of the great powers’ primary weaknesses (and desires): energy prices in the US, Russia’s war in Ukraine, and China’s desperation to assert its regional dominance. His sudden rise to the head of the desert kingdom was consolidated recently with his appointment as Prime Minister and heir apparent to his aging father, securing his untouchability and immunity when it comes to human rights violations, putting partners like the United States in the particular quandry of not being able to use their traditional soft power levers and leaving evermore domestic dissidents at risk.
- Despite its size and demographic weight, India has never managed to become the geopolitical giant it hoped to be in recent decades. It’s fast-paced economic and demographic growth however will soon permit it to surpass it’s historical colonizer making it the subject of courtship in a newly repolarized world.
- Hungarian Prime Minister inflames European politics, again, with his latest illiberal manifesto. But how strong is he, really?
- A new crisis front is shaking Europe and threatens to definitively spark a conflict between Russia and Western countries. While in Ukraine the Russian army reports that is has conquered Severodonetsk and there is a resurgence of missile attacks on Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv, and most lately Kremenchuk, the tug-of-war currently taking place between Lithuania and the Russian Federation risks unpredictable consequences.
- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine marks the beginning of a new geopolitical era. Time to come to terms with it – writes historian Andrea Graziosi
- Once close allies, Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia are now taking different sides towards Russia. Yet in energy terms, they face the same challenge.
- World-renowned philosopher Jürgen Habermas reflects on the West’s dilemma in framing its political and military response to Putin’s war on Ukraine
- Yes, liberal democracies do need to build up a cohesive alliance to counter the threats – militarily and in the war of ideas – that are posed by aggressive authoritarianism, but without falling into two dangerous pitfalls – the author of How Democracies Die warns: to inadvertently bring all illiberal regimes into a united geopolitical front, and to think that the threat of personalistic despotism is just somewhere “out there”, and not also within the fragile corps of Western democracies themselves.
- Hungarians head to polls this Sunday, in a most degratated democratic framework. Hid from view by mainstream media, opposition candidate Márki-Zay struggles to compete.