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Obama and President Xi Jinping

‘Integrating China’ into the Existing Order

June 30, 2015

The United States has repeatedly called for China to be integrated into the liberal international order. U.S. President Barack Obama “absolutely” rejected the notion that the United States seeks to contain China, and instead stated that a principal goal of his administration’s China policy was to “integrate China into the global economy.” 

“NSA: National Security vs. Individual Rights”, Reviewed by Glenn Hastedt, James Madison University

June 29, 2015

In “NSA: National Security vs. Indivdiual Rights,” Amitai Etzioni examines a challenging set of questions surrounding the existence of National Security Agency’s (NSA) clandestine data collection programs including whether the threat to national security justify them, whether the programs are effective, to what extent they may violate the privacy of Americans, whether such programs are in line with the Constitution and laws, and whether there is sufficient accountability of oversight of these programs.

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The Public-Private Fusion

June 17, 2015

For the past two hundred years, much public discourse has centered on the relative merits of the government versus the private sector. However, both liberals and conservatives ignore that the two sectors are ever-more closely linked.

The US Capitol building in Washington. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Speaking to America?

June 13, 2015

The meeting started with an Israeli offering a handshake readily accepted by a retired Saudi general. The hand was extended by Dore Gold, hours before he became the director general of the Foreign Ministry, and accepted by retired general Anwar Eshki, the head of a Saudi think tank.

Naval Ship

South China Sea: The One-Move Chess Player

May 26, 2015

The United States’ announcement that it is considering sending military aircraft and ships within twelve miles of a chain of artificial islands China has built up in the disputed Spratly Islands reveals once again Washington’s propensity to be a one-move chess player – the kind that makes a move without considering how the other side will respond, and what it will do then. 

             

 

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