Markos Kounalakis

California Forum

Making Russia, Turkey and China great again

The parochial interest of creating “America First” threatens to make her a second-rate global power and a self-absorbed bystander of a dangerously transforming world. The combination of a more assertive Russia, Turkey and China and a more isolationist and passive America is bad news for the world.

Markos Kounalakis

Where will Trump venture for his first state visit?

President Trump may want to use the high-visibility first foreign trip to do something other than affirm tradition and reflect the importance and strength of U.S.-Canadian ties. He may want to make a grand strategy statement, letting the world know that he is going to shake-up the global status quo.

Markos Kounalakis

Ethiopia’s promise, potential at a crossroads

UC Davis researcher Sharon Gray was in the wrong place at the wrong time when she was killed in Ethiopia, as rioters demonstrated against the country’s single-party government, accusing it of taking property and abusing human rights. Ethiopia could move toward the West or align itself with China.

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How safe are we?

EgyptAir Flight 804 went down this week, and experts immediately suspected an act of terrorism. Downed flights and TSA airport checks are high-visibility, regular reminders that we live in a dangerous world.

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Chinese year of living dangerously

Firecrackers and dancing dragons will welcome the Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey in early February. The Monkey is one of 12 Chinese horoscope years that can predict wild success or portend catastrophic failure, depending on one’s level of superstition or gullibility.

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