Oscar Silva-Valladares

The 2022 Russo-Ukraine War after 100 Days

A destroyed Russian Tank near Mariupol; UKraine war, cc Mvs.gov.ua, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=ukraine%20war%20tank&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search#/media/File:Destruction_of_Russian_tanks_by_Ukrainian_troops_in_Mariupol_(2).jpg

After a string of early victories, the tide appears to be slowly turning against Kiev in the Ukraine war.

Sun-Tzu on Peru’s Political Battlefield

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How would the legendary Chinese strategist evaluate the political conflict brewing in Peru?

Saudi Arabia: A Revolution from the Top?

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Big changes are brewing in Saudi society. Will they be embraced or resisted by the monarchy?

Marxism in the 21st Century: Dead or Alive?

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Did Marxism die with the collapse of the Soviet Union? Or is there still something it can tell us about today’s society.

Catalonia and Spain: The End of the Beginning?

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There’s only one road that leads to peaceful reconciliation, and it continues to elude the Spanish authorities.

Trump, Exceptionalism, and the Russian Boogeyman in US Foreign Policy

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How different will US foreign policy look under President Trump?

American Decline and the Limits of Academic Thinking

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A new Harvard report has cast some light on American decline and the US presidential race, but it also illustrates the limits of academic thinking.

The Brexit and How Democracy Works in Mysterious Ways

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To understand dispassionately the meaning of the Brexit vote we need to consider if it was a genuinely democratic decision.

An Immigrant’s Case for Brexit

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One immigrant’s view on whether Britain should remain in the EU or not.

Donald Trump: a New Dawn in US Foreign Policy?

Donald Trump, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In terms of foreign policy vision, there’s less separating Donald Trump and President Obama than you might think.

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