geopolitics

chinaChina-Italy BRI Deal Could Be as Historic as Marco Polo

In 1271, Marco Polo traveled from his home in Venice to China via the Silk Road. The Travels of Marco Polo had huge influence. Italy is now signing agreements to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative. China is investing in …

chinaThe Possible Meaning and Impacts of Huawei Global CFO Arrest in Canada

Huawei’s global chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has been arrested in Vancouver and is being sought for extradition by the US government. The reason was because Huawei violated US sanctions against Iran. Hong Kong fell about 2.5% and Tokyo stocks …

energyExamining Challenges and Chances for a Successful Coup in Venezuela

Nextbigfuture wrote several articles in early 2018, where we looked at the rapid economic and social collapse in Venezuela and believed it would lead to a military coup. Nextbigfuture predicted the coup would happen by the end of 2018. There …

australiaDecades of geopolitics shows failure by not acting early and decisively

Writing in the Australian, ­Liberal senator and former senior army officer Jim Molan said the South China Sea battle already lost. * nothing short of all-out war capable of dislodging Chinese forces from a string of heavily fortified ­islands * …

economic impactWhat is actually in the new US National Security Strategy

Here is a link to the 68 page US National Security Strategy. The National Security Strategy indicates that it puts America first. What seems to be different * US will be more aggressive in litigating and responding to trade and …

bitcoinBitcoin set record high of $5380

Bitcoin has an intraday high of $5280 and ended yesterday at $5226. Week-on-week, BTC is up 18.75 percent, while month-on-month it’s up 23 percent. The new record broke a previous all-time high of $5,013 set in September. The cryptocurrency dropped …

geopoliticsTrump taking the US to the edge but not yet breaking the Iran deal

US President Donald Trump is set to announce that the landmark Iranian nuclear deal signed in 2015 does not serve US national interests and that he will decertify but not withdraw from the accord. The Washington Post, citing persons briefed …

geopoliticsAccepting and Managing a nuclear North Korea or other alternatives

Michael Swaine, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, proposes accepting and managing a nuclear North Korea. Swaine says policymakers in the United States, China, South Korea, and Japan should adopt a more realistic approach focused on deterrence, …

geopoliticsTwo US Aircraft carrier groups are off the Korean Coast

The USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups had joined up off the Korean coast. * Each carrier strike group usually contains two destroyers (each with a 96-cell vertical launch missile system primarily used for cruise …

air forceUS Air Force wants to speed up hypersonic weapons development to stay ahead of China and Russia

On May 3, 2017, US Air Force senior leaders met to consider options to accelerate hypersonics research and development to break even more speed barriers and ensure continued technological superiority. Hypersonics refers to flying at five times the speed of …