In this episode
The US Midterms, the 100 year anniversary of the War to end all Wars, more strategic rebalancing, this time, with Pakistan, and Happy Veteran’s Day.
US Midterms, WWI Armistice anniversary, Pakistan, and more.
We are back from a short trip to Malaysia and back up and running on a regular schedule.
This week I focus on the US midterms, the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I, and some early indications of a new strategic direction in Pakistan. I also end with a brief message in commemoration of Veterans Day.
The US Midterm election was meant to be the event of the year – but was it? The result, in the balance, was not only ordinary but followed trends of history and expectations regardless of the occupant of the White House. We learned very little in this election, other than an increasing and solidifying divide between the “political Americas” vis-a-vis urban and rural parts of the country.
On the other side of the Atlantic, European leaders gathered to honor the sacrifice of 10’s of millions of their forebearers in WWI. The reminder is stark: this is the consequence of war. Center stage in the ceremony is French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel. Their behavior was moving, and will hopefully serve as a reminder to this generation that work in the maintenance of peace is far more advantageous and meaningful than that of war.
Finally, Pakistan. After the US pulled financial support, a change-based election elevating Prime Minister Khan, and crippling debt, they need a new partner. Enter China. The current report is an early indicator, but at this time it would appear that the strategic winds are changing in Pakistan, and they will begin to align with China.
Happy Veterans Day everyone.
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