Limes: Where Economics Meets Geopolitics

  • The Janus-Faced Presidency: Barack Obama, Syria, and the Demise of Closet Realism

    Unlike the case for the vast majority of their gods, the Roman deity Janus has no Greek equivalent, being distinctively part and parcel of the unique experience of the greatest of empires. Traditionally depicted as having two faces looking both to the past as well as the future, Janus is the god of transitions, being […]

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  • Don’t Call It Spring: Turkey’s Decisive Turn Away From the West

    This piece is an abbreviated analysis of a longer paper available in PDF here. Erdogan’s autocratic shift is not accidental. It is the byproduct of a strongly majoritarian political culture, mostly foreign to Western countries. Protests weaken the Prime Minister and confine his ambitions. But they don’t erase the ‘Turkish exception’. Even after everything that […]

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  • A Guide to Political Power in Italy

    This piece is an abbreviated analysis of a longer paper available in PDF here. “Who rules Italy?” Knowing the answer to this question is important to providing investors with a sense of how the country really works and allowing any serious reform project a chance to succeed. But understanding the dynamics of Italian politics is […]

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Aaron Menenberg is Foreign Policy and Energy analyst, and a Future Leader with Foreign Policy Initiative. He also co-hosts Podlitical Risk (@podliticalrisk). He is a graduate student in international relations at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Previously he has worked at Praescient Analytics, The Hudson Institute, for the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and at the IBM Corporation. The views expressed are his own, and you can follow him on Twitter @AaronMenenberg. He welcomes questions and comments at