Syria: Peace Talks and Political Reality

March 21, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (March 18, 2016) on the latest developments in the Syrian peace talks. Draitser explains that the potential for peace is there, though it is the reality on the ground which will dictate the terms of any deal and the nature of a “political transition.” He also notes that the Saudi-backed opposition has attempted to dictate terms of negotiation despite coming to the talks from a position of relative weakness.

Trump, Clinton & the Danger of US Liberals; Global Economic Crisis and the Potential of World War

March 8, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Eric Draitser appears on Community Public Radio (March 4, 2016) with broadcaster Don DeBar and Professor Anthony Monteiro to discuss the US elections and the implications for the future. The conversation begins with a discussion of both the Republican and Democratic sides with particular attention to the socioeconomic conditions giving rise to the anti-establishment sentiment among voters in both parties. From there, Eric, Tony, and Don talk about the likely outcome of the elections, the danger of both white and non-white liberals, and the implications for the US and the world. Be warned, there are some frightening themes discussed including the potential for global war, the historical precedent, and the danger of the current moment. All this and more in this wide-ranging conversation.

On Refugees, the Turkey-EU Summit, and the Ascendance of the European Right

March 8, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on “Loud & Clear with Brian Becker” (March 7, 2016) to provide his analysis of the Turkey-EU summit on refugees, and the broader politics of the issue. Draitser explains how Turkey has cynically manipulated the refugee issue to its advantage in order to further its hegemonic agenda for the region. He discusses the rise of ultra-nationalist political formations throughout Europe whose racism and xenophobia have been couched in populist talking points about “culture” and “democracy.” These and a number of other critical issues are raised in this roughly 17 minute interview.

Obama and the US Destabilization of Venezuela

March 8, 2016 at 3:09 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (March 5, 2016) on the latest moves by the US in undermining Venezuela. Draitser explains that US imperialism seeks to reassert itself in the Bolivarian Republic, and throughout Latin America, and it is doing so by any means necessary.

ASEAN Summit: The Geopolitics of US Power in Asia

February 19, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary on the conclusion of the ASEAN Summit 2016 in California. Draitser explains some of the ways in which ASEAN acts as a political arm of US power projection against China in Southeast Asia. He explains the connection between US policy and the South China Sea disputes among other issues. He also notes how independent countries in the region are forced into complex power relations with the US and China, and how Washington manipulates these to its advantage. These and other issues discussed in this conversation.