Who I Voted for and Why, II: Clinton, bc Trump is Grossly Unqualified


Cleon, demagogue of Athens during the Peloponnesian War and the archetype of democratic demagogue feared by conservatives like Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle. The following essay is a re-print of an op-ed I just wrote for the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter blogline. … Continue reading

Who I Voted for & Why, I: Clinton, bc Trump is a Threat to US Democracy


In the interest of ‘pundit accountability,’ I will post my thoughts about the upcoming US presidential election this week. It is a pretty open-and-shut affair this year. As Foreign Policy put it in an unprecedented presidential endorsement: “A Donald Trump … Continue reading

If Trumpian Duterte Really Bandwagons with China, It won’t End Well


This is the English-language version of a story I just wrote for Newsweek Japan on Philippine President Duterte’s strange new flirtation with China. The big question I suppose is whether Duterte actually follows through. He has already shown himself to … Continue reading