John C. Hulsman

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John C. Hulsman

Dr. John C. Hulsman is the President and Co-Founder of John C. Hulsman Enterprises (www.john-hulsman.com), a successful global political risk consulting firm. John is the Senior Columnist for City AM, the newspaper of the city of London. A long-time Washington insider, Hulsman is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. The author of all or part of 12 books, Hulsman has given over 1510 interviews, written over 560 articles, prepared over 1290 briefings, and delivered more than 490 speeches on foreign policy around the world. He writes regularly for Aspenia online.

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The depressing sameness of American foreign policy in the Middle East

Despite their deep, irreconcilable differences across the board, Trump’s and Obama’s strategic approaches to the Middle East are strikingly similar. Both recent administrations have sought to avoid pointless distractions in the Middle East, pursuing an offshore balancing strategy...

Trump’s surprisingly positive foreign policy – and some unanswered questions

Despite a surprisingly upbeat and coherent first address to Congress on February 28, given these polarised times it is highly unlikely Donald Trump changed anyone’s mind. Those who rather fanatically support him will have found nothing particularly objectionable with what he said. Those who rather fanatically oppose him will have heard nothing to alter their opinion, either...

The thwarted greatness of Barack Obama in foreign policy

It seems like a million years ago that Barack Obama, then at the apogee of his fame, gave his address to half a million people in Berlin in 2008. Curious to see the phenomenon of Obama-mania, I was a drop of water in that ocean of people...

Il metodo dietro la sfida di Trump, e i quesiti per l’Europa

Per tutta la campagna elettorale, pur senza mai essere in vantaggio nei sondaggi, il team di Donald Trump raccolto attorno a Kellyanne Conway ha seguito una teoria su come avrebbe prevalso nel voto che si è appena concluso...

The method behind Trump’s challenge and the questions for Europe

All along, despite never leading in the polls, the capable Trump campaign team clustered around Kellyanne Conway had a theory as to how they were going to prevail in the just-concluded presidential election. Conway believed that Trump’s most fervent supporters—high-school educated white men—were being systematically undercounted in all the polling data...

Europe’s hidden barriers to economic excellence

In a sense, every macroeconomic debate I have had about Europe’s endemic malaise over the past 17 years always comes down to this: Given the undoubted quality of the continent’s higher education system (of which I myself am a grateful product), how can one explain that Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell are all Americans?...

Why the US elections really matter for the Mideast

Before talking about the immediate future of US foreign policy in the Middle East, let us spare a kind thought for the last days of the underrated, if embattled, Obama administration. In his quiet, deliberative, realist manner, the President has accomplished two big things in the Middle East (which is two more than the administration of George W. Bush ever managed)...

Trump versus Clinton: the oddest march to the White House

A particularly low point in French politics was reached in 2002 when the electorate was left to choose its president from the louche, conniving, incumbent Jacques Chirac, and the beyond-the-pale Jean-Marie Le Pen. The French people, without any joy but mindful that the credibility of the Fifth Republic was on the line, opted for the former...

Why a crisis lies ahead for American foreign policy

It is not too early to think through what sort of foreign policies the two would be likely to run if they were to enter the White House. One thing is for sure: the relatively quiet, steady, realist Obama years are about to be superseded by a more activist US foreign policy of either the left or the right...

Ukraine, where only Putin has a plan

Like many a flawed analyst, Barack Obama has the distressing intellectual tendency to assume that those who oppose him simply must not know what they are doing...