Russia: Between Cooperation and Reluctance

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Not a foe, neither a friend, what is Russia to the world? My last two articles tried to shed light on Russia’s strategic interests and new foreign and security policies. Having lived in the former Soviet Union, I can claim that if Russia wants to catch up with the West, […]

The Backbone of Moscow’s Security and Foreign Policy

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer In my last contribution I argued that Russia sits on a vast territory surrounded by threats and is full of structural weakness. The country seems to be a weak and paranoid state with delusions of grandeur, but with no real power other than an assertive discourse and limited military capacity. […]

Russia Is Back! Are We Ready for the Challenge?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer On Wednesday, in Moscow, the U.S. Secretary of State held high-level conversations with his Russian counterpart and the President of Russia. According to CNBC, his words were: “There is a low level of trust between our countries. The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship.” Both countries […]

NAFTA 2.0 Or What?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Trade Representative passed a NAFTA draft letter in Congress to outline the strategic objectives of the renegotiation of NAFTA. The letter allegedly was moderate in tone and does not align with the electoral propaganda that NAFTA was the worst deal […]

The Seven Tudes and Paradiplomacy: Why Our Arizona Cities Win?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer According to the local news, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton might be looking for a “higher, statewide office,” potentially the Arizona Secretary of State. Regardless of the political intentions of Stanton, he has been one of the most adamant proponents of a globally minded Phoenix Metro Area. His Department of Economic […]

Promexico at Thunderbird: Why Global Trade and NAFTA Still Matter

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Being aware of Mexico’s strategic value for both the U.S. and Arizona economies, as well as the current uncertainty surrounding the future of the U.S-Mexico relationship, I decided to partner with my Mexican colleagues at Promexico to find venues of cooperation and to start conversations for fostering a robust ASU-Mexico […]

Global Chamber’s International State of the Phoenix Metro

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer On February 22nd Global Chamber Phoenix, in collaboration with the City of Phoenix and the City of Surprise, held a vibrant conversation and report card on how global business is progressing in the Phoenix metro. The event took place at DIRTT, a Canadian sustainability-driven manufacturer of highly customized interiors with […]

Japanese Foreign Policy in the XXI Century: A True Global Leadership

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer If U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry’s mid-19th century black ships were the symbolic incentives that eventually propelled the Meiji Restoration, then now 9/11, the Second Gulf War, the rise of China and Russia, the North Korean nuclear program, and the overall uncertainty in both regional and global power balances are the […]

Japanese Foreign Policy in the XXI Century: The New Black Ships

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Throughout the duration of the Cold War, Japanese foreign policy contributed to the achievement of peace and prosperity for the Japanese. In the Post-Cold War era the new political elite in Japan agree that the Peace Constitution, the Yoshida Doctrine and the alliance with the U.S. are milestones and constraints […]

We Are the USA, Not the USA, Inc.

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer As I’ve mentioned before, the relationship with Mexico is vital for some industries and for the middle class of America. About 5 million American jobs depend on trade with Mexico, and millions of American households depend on highly affordable agricultural products from Mexico. By imposing a border tax, the Trump […]