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.

This is the scene of big water rally at State Capitol in Sacramento

Farmers and others rallied Monday on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento in protest against the state’s water delivery plan plan.