Reading Time: 4 minutes Orthodox religious politics are often Byzantine. Yet the earthly repercussions of the split between the Ukrainian and Russian churches could be severe.
Reading Time: 2 minutes An orderly Brexit could actually enable grand European projects such as a common army. Whether that would fix relations with the US is another matter.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Brazil will become the third country in recent months to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, president-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced on Thursday.
Reading Time: < 1 minute A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to attack Kurdish forces in Syria, social media were abuzz with reports of an impending Turkish operation against these troops, who have been the main US ally on the ground against the Islamic State.https://twitter.com/metesohtaoglu/status/923178493269237760The enclave of Afrin and the Kurdish-held city of Manbij, both in northern Read More
Reading Time: 2 minutes In a lightning advance, Iraqi forces captured the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces on Monday, sending thousands of civilians fleeing.The fighting between two US-trained and -equipped forces that have been central to the war against the Islamic State was a slap in the face to US foreign policy. US-supplied Iraqi tank knocks over Read More
Reading Time: 2 minutes Prof. John Reilly, the co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, was one of the scientists drawn in President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the US would pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. WhoWhatWhy interviewed Reilly prior to the events of last week. An Read More
Reading Time: 5 minutes While scientists say the US president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is disastrous, they also describe a cyclical pattern where, driven by greed, humanity periodically comes to the brink of catastrophe.
Reading Time: < 1 minute It hasn’t just been WhoWhatWhy’s domestic coverage that has been far ahead of the curve: with our limited resources we got many of the international stories right too. For example, according to mainstream media reports, it now seems increasingly likely that Donald Trump might try to play Russia and China off of each other, by cozying Read More
Reading Time: 7 minutes Donald Trump’s “bromance” with Vladimir Putin, as well as the foreign-policy skills of his tentative generals-rich cabinet, will face a dangerous challenge in Syria as soon as he takes office.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Hundreds of millions around the world welcomed Trump or saw him as the lesser of two evils, despite his xenophobic campaign. It has a lot to do with Clinton’s hawkishness and the fear of nuclear war.