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What Does 2013 Have in Store?

almost 2 years ago

I mentioned in my last post that I had attended the Economist’s “The World in 2013” festival. Here are some zingers (paraphrased) that got my attention: Peter Orszag: Life expectancy for the poorest 30% of Americans will decline next year.   Bill Easterly: China’s growth miracle is done ...

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The Next President’s Foreign Policy

about 2 years ago

In the run-up to their third and final debate on October 22nd, the theme of which is foreign policy, President Obama and Governor Romney will likely attempt to portray themselves as strong leaders who’re deeply committed to American exceptionalism and preeminence.  November 6th, however, shouldn’t ...

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Some Thoughts on the United Nations

about 2 years ago

Bloomberg recently asked me a few questions about the evolving role and capacity of the United Nations.  With the 67th session of the UN General Assembly underway, I wanted to share my answers and ask folks how they’d respond. (1) Where does the UN fit in the 21st-century world? It remains a ...

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The Future of Power: Ten Questions with Joe Nye

about 2 years ago

As a Ph.D. student in Harvard’s Government Department in the early 1960s, Joe Nye asked whether Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda would be able to forge an East African Common Market (he correctly predicted that they wouldn’t be able to do so).  Roughly half a century later, he’s probably best known for ...

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Realism About America’s Influence

over 2 years ago

Roger Cohen recently argued that despite “the enduring centrality of American power” and “the nation’s immense capacity for renewal,” “even all the right choices for the United States will not alter the rise of India and China.”  Cohen’s statement isn’t one of fatalism, but rather, of realism.  In ...

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How Will the South China Sea Disputes Be Resolved?

over 2 years ago

There’s growing concern that tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea could escalate into a military confrontation between China and its neighbors—a confrontation, many argue, that would inexorably draw in the United States.  Bonnie Glaser, a leading figure on U.S.-China relations ...

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The Future of Global Finance

over 2 years ago

In a piece about the Barclays traders who colluded to fix the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR), the Economist declared that the LIBOR scandal “could well be global finance’s ‘tobacco moment’….[It is imperative] to change the way finance is run—and the culture of banking.” Perhaps because ...