Rajan Menon

Our Global (Dis)Order and Climate Change

Washington’s vaunted “rules-based international order” has undergone a stress test following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and here’s the news so far: it hasn’t held up well. In fact, the disparate…

The Economic Consequences of the War

Why the Conflict in Ukraine Is a Disaster for the Poor of This Planet In 1919, the renowned British economist John Maynard Keynes wrote The Economic Consequences of the Peace, a…

War with Russia?

The Strategic Blunder of the 1990s That Set the Stage for Today's Ukrainian Crisis Understandably enough, commentaries on the crisis between Russia and the West tend to dwell on Ukraine.…

The Politics of Water

Think of it this way: what we don’t know will hurt us. And water — yes, water — is an example of just that. Even at a time of such angry political…

The True Lessons of the Afghan War

Disagreements over how to assess the American exodus from Afghanistan have kept the pundits busy these last weeks, even though there wasn’t much to say that hadn’t been said before.…

Vaccine Nationalism

Fifteen months ago, the SARS-CoV-2 virus unleashed Covid-19. Since then, it’s killed more than 3.8 million people worldwide (and possibly many more). Finally, a return to normalcy seems likely for a…

The Graveyard of Empires Redux

America's Ruinous Pursuit of Mission Impossible in Afghanistan On May 1st, the date Donald Trump signed onto for the withdrawal of the remaining 3,500 American troops from Afghanistan, the war there, already 19 years…

USA: A Covid-19 Hell on Earth

Economic crises shine a spotlight on a society’s inequities and hierarchies, as well as its commitment to support those who are most vulnerable in such grievous moments. The calamity created…

So Trump Loses, What Happens Then?

Donald Trump isn’t just inside the heads of his Trumpster base; he’s long been a consuming obsession among those yearning for his defeat in November. With barely more than a…

Homelessness in the Covid-19 Era

The novel SARS-CoV-2 has roared through the American landscape leaving physical, emotional, and economic devastation in its wake. By early July, known infections in this country exceeded three million, while deaths…

Normalizing Nukes, Pentagon-Style

If you’re having trouble sleeping thanks to, well, you know who... you’re not alone. But don’t despair. A breakthrough remedy has just gone on the market.  It has no chemically induced…

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