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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at www.theendofhistory.net
sudan and the mahdi
The story of Sudan and the Mahdi during the scramble for Africa is one of the epic stories in the history of Africa. It features two extremist figures who cast themselves as deliverers, Messianic figures for their own side of the struggle. This podcast episode is available wherever you listen...
human rights council
The United Nations voted Thursday to suspend Russia from its main human rights body, the U.N. Human Rights Council, for “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” by Russian forces in Ukraine. It might be good to have some context regarding this austere body that gave Russia the...
The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations
This book is in the lead for my best read of 2022 so far. For those interested in international relations, geopolitics, energy, and just about anything else that might have brought you to this website – this is a good one that you should add to your library. The author,...
Sri Lanka’s security forces confronted protesters over the weekend, raising alarms of more instability in the Asian island nation. The country is facing a cascade of crises. What began as an economic crisis has now devolved into a political crisis and could soon worsen into widespread national instability.  The...
This weekend President Biden “forcefully” called for regime change in Russia. Speaking of Vladimir Putin, the US President said, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” In prior years I have written articles and published podcast episodes concerning America’s short memory and one-sided perspective when it comes...
the boer wars
This podcast episode continues the story of the Scramble for Africa and European imperialism, specifically in South Africa. In the last episode, we looked at the beginnings of South Africa. This episode looks at the rise of the Boer republics, the first and second Boer Wars, the Anglo-Zulu Wars,...
Russian invasion of ukraine
This backgrounder explains the significance and risks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. See each question and answer included in this backgrounder on the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the bottom of this post. Any war is a tragedy. The Ethiopian civil war that has been ongoing since November...
why did russia invade ukraine
This backgrounder explains the significance and risks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. See each question and answer included in this backgrounder on the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the bottom of this post. Following World War II, the democratic west formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to block...
was russia provoked
This backgrounder explains the significance and risks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. See each question and answer included in this backgrounder on the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the bottom of this post. Officially, neither Ukraine nor NATO provoked Russia into invading Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky recently stated...
Facts about Ukraine
This backgrounder explains the significance and risks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. See each question and answer included in this backgrounder on the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the bottom of this post. Ukraine is the second-largest European country geographically (Russia is the largest) and seventh-largest when measured by...