Dilip Hiro

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When 114 countries reported coronavirus cases to the World Health Organization on March 11th, it declared the Covid-19 outbreak a global pandemic. (Photo: CC) Views
Monday, April 27, 2020
The Coronavirus Chronology From Hell
Historically, in hyper-crises, local and global systems can change fundamentally. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit first China and then the rest of the globe, the question of whether the American imperial era might be faltering was already on the table, amid that country's endless wars and with...
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A portrait of US President Donald Trump burns during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on December 11, 2017 to denounce his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 01, 2019
Under Trump, America's Global Standing at Record Low
Make America Great Again? Don’t count on it. Donald Trump was partly voted into office by Americans who felt that the self-proclaimed greatest power on Earth was actually in decline -- and they weren’t wrong. Trump is capable of tweeting many things, but none of those tweets will stop that process...
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People living along the ceasefire line dividing Kashmir into India and Pakistan-administered portions have continually been at risk due to hostility between the armies of the two nuclear rivals.  (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)(Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 04, 2019
India, Pakistan, and a Planet in Peril
It’s still the most dangerous border on Earth. Yet compared to the recent tweets of President Donald Trump, it remains a marginal news story. That doesn’t for a moment diminish the chance that the globe’s first (and possibly ultimate) nuclear conflagration could break out along that 480-mile border...
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"For the first time since the end of World War II, Washington’s allies in the West as well as the East thumbed their noses at an American president." (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 24, 2018
Can Donald Trump Unite the World (Against Himself)?
One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground. His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense, and climate change are already creating an incipient anti-Trump...
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 "While chanting his mantra of “America First,” Donald Trump has so far followed policies that have only eased the way for the Chinese dragon to roar past Uncle Sam, with the Russian bear not far behind." (Photo: Presidential Administration of Russia) Views
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Donald Trump Offers a Helping Hand to China and Russia
In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump warned grimly of “rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values.” In response, he demanded that Congress give even more money to “our great military” and fund the growth and modernization of the U.S. nuclear...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017
The Enemy of My Enemy Is My...?
The Middle East. Could there be a more perilous place on Earth, including North Korea? Not likely. The planet’s two leading nuclear armed powers backing battling proxies amply supplied with conventional weapons; terror groups splitting and spreading; religious-sectarian wars threatening amid a...
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
American Power at the Crossroads
In the strangest election year in recent American history -- one in which the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson couldn’t even conjure up the name of a foreign leader he “admired” while Donald Trump remained intent on building his “ fat, beautiful wall ” and “ taking ” Iraq oil -- the world may be...
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Monday, April 04, 2016
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades, the most dangerous place on Earth has been the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir. It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border might -- given the known military doctrines of the two nuclear-armed neighbors -- lead...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Great Game in Afghanistan (Twenty-First-Century Update)
Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own. He seems to be in the process of trying to sideline the country’s...
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Downtown Cairo is plastered with huge posters of Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the U.S.-trained Egyptian army chief who helped overthrow President Mohammed Morsi. (Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters/Landov) Views
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Clueless in Cairo: How Egypt's Generals Sidelined Uncle Sam
Since September 11, 2001, Washington’s policies in the Middle East have proven a grim imperial comedy of errors and increasingly a spectacle of how a superpower is sidelined. In this drama, barely noticed by the American media, Uncle Sam’s keystone ally in the Arab world, Egypt, like Saudi Arabia,...
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