International Status-Seeking and the Olympics

We are five days into the 2020 Summer Olympics and we have already seen some tremendous highs and crushing lows. Despite all of the problematic elements of the Olympics (and there are many) I am an unabashed and unrelenting fan. The Olympics, being an international event, are also have important for international relations. the Olympics, […]

Why is Duterte so popular?

My wife was born and raised in the Philippines and on occasion we like to commiserate on the terrible Presidents of our respective countries of birth.  I have written a lot trying to explain the horribleness of Donald Trump.  I understand the appeal of Trump because he is one of the quintessential American archetypes – […]