Articles by: Thomas Lahey

President Trump greets a crowd in Orlando, Florida.

What Defines a Populist Movement?

Populism is difficult to define because those who cloak themselves in its meaning and those who oppose it often invent their own definitions that suit their own causes. William Jennings Bryan, a Democratic nominee for President several times at the turn of the 20th century, claimed to be a populist because he wanted the US Government to peg the dollar […]

by · 15th March 2017 · US Politics, Blog
President Donald Trump gestures towards the crowd as he delivers his inauguration speech.

President Donald Trump- What We Learned from his Inauguration and What to Expect

It’s officially official. Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. Many never, ever, would have predicted such a headline one year ago, but the day has come. Obviously, it goes without saying that Donald Trump divides opinions. He’s one of those people that one either loves or hates. Mr Trump’s supporters are passionately behind him and generally believe […]

by · 23rd January 2017 · Blog
President Barack Obama addresses a crowd during his farewell address on 11 Feb 2017.

If Only There was a List of all of Obama’s Achievements…

This article was originally published in The Huffington Post by the author. No president is perfect. Every president has issues that he must contend with that are serious and define his legacy. Clinton had the economy, Bush had 9/11 and the War on Terror, and the Great Recession. President Obama inherited the War on Terror, the worst recession since the […]

by · 18th January 2017 · Blog
Save Your Moral Outrage: What’s Happening in Aleppo is the West’s Failure

Save Your Moral Outrage: What’s Happening in Aleppo is the West’s Failure

This article originally featured on the Huffington Post by the same author.   Social media is overwhelmed with images and videos of terrified, fleeing Syrians who are desperately trying to escape the wrath of Assad’s murderous army as it completes the take over of Aleppo. CNN International ran several videos posted on Periscope and Facebook of people recording what they […]

by · 14th December 2016 · Blog
A Tale of Two Votes: Different Messages from Austria and Italy

A Tale of Two Votes: Different Messages from Austria and Italy

Yesterday, Austrians and Italians headed to the polls for two different reasons. Austrians were voting in the run-off election to elect their next President. The choice was between Independent candidate and former Green Party and university economics professor politician Alexander Van der Bellen, and far-right Freedom Party leader Norbert Hofer who led a populist revival on the issues of immigration, […]

by · 5th December 2016 · Blog
Governor Romney meets with President-elect Donald Trump.

The Who’s Who So Far in the Trump Transition

Since Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US Presidential election on 08 November, the President-elect has been busy assembling the team he will rely on when he assumes office on 21 January 2017. Some of the names have sparked controversy, others surprise, but Donald Trump has deflected criticism of his picks in the most Donald Trump way possible- by Tweeting […]

by · 28th November 2016 · US Politics, Blog
The EU and Canada Will Sign CETA Tomorrow- an Important Win for Europe

The EU and Canada Will Sign CETA Tomorrow- an Important Win for Europe

The European Union has been in need of some good news for a long, long time. Between the debt crisis, refugee crisis, Brexit and the insurgency in Ukraine, the EU hasn’t had it easy for a while. It looks as though the US-EU trade agreement, TTIP, is doomed for failure no matter who wins the Presidential election on 8 November, […]

by · 29th October 2016 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gesture during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Is the Republican Party Finished?

Many have predicted the collapse of the G.O.P. for quite some time. After Governor Mitt Romney’s defeat to President Obama in 2012, political commentators (let’s take a page out of Jose Mourinho’s book and call them “Einsteins”) declared the Republican Party dead and that there was no foreseeable path to the White House. Fast forward to the 2014 midterm elections […]

by · 25th October 2016 · US Politics, Blog
Colombian opposition led by former President Alvaro Uribe march to protest against President Juan Manuel Santos' government and denounce concessions they have made in peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,  in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, April 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

When Governments Abdicate Their Responsibilty, Chaos Ensues

What is a referendum? A referendum is a single-issue vote by which the state delineates decision making on a controversial issue to the people. In the past year, we’ve seen two issues which have long divided nations come to a head at the ballot box, and the results have been a disaster. Last week, the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, […]

by · 5th October 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
What the State Elections Mean for Merkel

What the State Elections Mean for Merkel

Sunday’s elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern were a resounding defeat for Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) — in her home state no less. Coalition partners Social Democratic Party (SPD) topped the election results, whilst the far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) beat the CDU into second place. Quite the embarrassing finish for a Chancellor who has been in power since 2005 and is […]

by · 8th September 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog