November 19

New World Order

Monday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Near Failed Statism

The Middle East right now is powder keg, and not just because of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. If you look at the demographics in a country like Egypt, you see a young population with high unemployment. If a solution is not found for that problem, argues Senator John Kerry, the stability of Egypt will grow incredibly fragile. The winds of war are blowing, Kerry says.

So how can the U.S. play a leadership role and quell these conflicts? Kerry, who is on the short list of candidates to lead either the Department of State or Defense, says the U.S. must be united at home -- and pass a budget -- or else lose its leverage with countries like China and Russia on the foreign stage. 

  1. 1 John Kerry: The Winds of War Are ...
  2. 2 Beyond The Failed State: Time To ...
  3. 3 U.S.-Israel Relations
   
  1. John Kerry: The Winds of War Are Blowing

    John Kerry: The Winds of War Are Blowing

    If we are divided at home, Senator John Kerry argues, we won't be able to deal with the complex challenges that confront the world. Among these challenges is what Kerry describes as "near failed statism" in Egypt and Pakistan. 

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  2. Beyond The Failed State: Time To Recognise Somaliland

    Beyond The Failed State: Time To Recognise Somaliland

    Amidst the failed state Somalia, the northern part of of the country, encompassing the colonial boundaries of the former British Somaliland is a functioning, free and fair democracy. Bizarrely, it remains unrecognised by any other country.

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  3. U.S.-Israel Relations

    U.S.-Israel Relations

    The U.S. sees Israel as its eyes and ears in the region. Israel understands American politics only as, “What is good for us?”

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