Conn Hallinan

Conn Hallinan

Conn Hallinan is a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist. Hallinan is also a columnist for the Berkeley Daily Planet, and an occasional free lance medical policy writer. He is a recipient of a Project Censored "Real News Award." He formally ran the journalism program at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was also a college provost. He can be reached at: ringoanne@sbcglobal.net

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Drought-ravaged agricultural land in Central Europe. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, September 06, 2019
Climate Catastrophe Comes for Europe
It’s been a rough summer in Europe. On August 18, several dozen people gathered around a patch of snow in Iceland to commemorate the demise of the Okjokull glacier, a victim of climate change. Further to the west, Greenland shed 217 billion tons of ice in the month of July alone. Not long before,...
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By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population could be under “water stress” conditions, setting the groundwork for conflict and wars. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The World Needs a Water Treaty
During the face-off earlier this year between India and Pakistan over a terrorist attack that killed more than 40 Indian paramilitaries in Kashmir, New Delhi made an existential threat to Islamabad. The weapon was not India’s considerable nuclear arsenal, but one still capable of inflicting ruinous...
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Diego Garcia on map Views
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Diego Garcia: The “Unsinkable Carrier” Springs a Leak
The recent decision by the Hague-based International Court of Justice that the Chagos Islands — with its huge U.S. military base at Diego Garcia — are being illegally occupied by the United Kingdom (UK) has the potential to upend the strategic plans of a dozen regional capitals, ranging from...
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The U.S. will try to get Iran to withdraw from the nuclear pact by aggressively tightening the sanctions. If Tehran takes the bait, Washington will claim the legal right to attack Iran.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, February 04, 2019
Could Trump Really Launch a War With Iran?
Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not right away). We’re leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn’t). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union,...
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“The cost of one-half day of world arms spending could pay for the full immunization of all the children of the world against the common infectious diseases.”(Photo: Bart Everson / Flickr) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
“Are You Serious?” Awards 2018
Each year Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan gives awards to individuals, companies, and governments that make reading the news a daily adventure. Here are the awards for 2018. The Golden Sprocket Wrench Award goes to Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms manufacturer, for its F-22...
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A U.S. aircraft carrier pulls into port at Guam. (Photo: U.S. Navy / Flickr) Views
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The U.S. Returns to ‘Great Power Competition,’ With a Dangerous New Edge
The Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy is being touted as a sea change in U.S. foreign policy — a shift from the “war on terrorism” to “great power competition,” a line that would not be out of place in the years leading up to World War I. But is the shift really a major course...
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The Long Term Threat to Europe Isn’t Le Pen. It’s Capitalism.
The good news out of Europe is that Marine Le Pen’s neo-Nazi National Front took a beating in the May 7 French presidential election. The bad news is that the program of the winner, Emmanuel Macron, might put Le Pen back in the running six years from now. Macron pledges to cut 120,000 public jobs,...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate
Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats poem, The Second Coming : “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold — The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” The right was on the march, the...
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Bush-Era Foreign Policy Delusions Are Alive and Well in 2017
In trying to unravel the debates over U.S. foreign policy currently being fought out in the editorial pages of the New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , and the magazine Foreign Policy, one might consider starting in late December on a bitter cold ridge in northern Wyoming, where 81 men of the...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Is Trump Moderating on Foreign Policy? Not in the Least.
“Chaos,” “dismay, ” “ radically inept ” — those are just a few of the recent headlines analyzing Donald Trump’s foreign policy. In truth, disorder would seem to be the strategy of the day. Picking up the morning newspaper or tuning on the national news sometimes feels akin to opening up a basket...
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