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The End of the TPP Will Not Upend America’s Role In Asia

December 07, 2016

There are many reasons to believe that the end of the TPP will have rather few implications for America’s role in the region.

Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and other Congressmembers

Democrats, Avoid The Deficit Trap

November 28, 2016

The Democrats have responded to Republican criticism that they are burdening future generations with debt by making great effort to reduce deficits; this often entailed capping social expenditures. The following Republican administrations then used the slack created by the lower deficits to pay for huge tax benefits to the rich and to balloon the deficit...We are about to witness another round of this same sequence

Fighting between Kurdish gunmen and Al-Nusra Front.

Syria: The Next U.S. President's First 100 Days

October 29, 2016

America’s goal should be ending the civil war, not regime change.

It is not just Wall Street

October 25, 2016

Democrats like to think about the government as a provider of Social Security and Medicare, the guardian of national parks, and the place you get your passport. However, many see daily examples of a government serving special interests at the cost of the public.

President Barack Obama offers a toast to President Xi Jinping of China. Copyright: Flickr/The White House

How China and America Can Make a Serious North Korea Deal

October 10, 2016

While Trump’s suggestion for how to deal with North Korea is not more likely to be adopted than a few of his other ideas, the challenge of North Korea is real enough. In effect, there is a strong case to be made that the greatest threat to U.S. security that the new president will have to confront is that of North Korea.

Foreign Policy, An Interview with Deborah Kalb

September 26, 2016

This interview was conducted with Deborah Kalb in regards to Amitai Etzioni's latest publication: Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box. 

Testimony Before Asia and Pacific Subcommittee

September 22, 2016

On September 22, 2016, Professor Amitai Etzioni testified for the Asia and Pacific subcommittee hearing titled “Diplomacy and Security in the South China Sea: After the Tribunal.”  His testimony calls for a grand bargain between the United States and China and provides details about what such a bargain may include.

US Navy ships, Image Credit: Official U.S. Navy Page

Making a US-Sino War ‘Thinkable’?

September 22, 2016

A recently published study of four ways that the U.S. and China may engage in war seems at first to warn against the high human and economic costs of all four kinds of engagement. 

Rows of jail cells/Copyright: The National Interest

To Stop Terrorism, Detain Potential Terrorists

September 12, 2016

Most law enforcement involves punishment after a crime is committed. But terrorism is no ordinary case.

Build a wall? On the beaches?

August 31, 2016

If Trump the Quack would be half serious about national security, he would call for building a wall, not on the border with Mexico, but along the beaches running from Maine to Key West, and from Seattle to San Diego.

Tank outside Misrata, Libya/ Flickr @joepyrek

The Illusion That America Can Fix Libya

August 29, 2016

Will we ever learn? How many people will have to die, and how many more hundreds of billions of dollars will be squandered, before we get that long-distance social engineering does not work?

Obama, Biden, Xi. Image Credit: White House

For a Grand Bargain with China

August 23, 2016

Few people who are in Asia or who are interested in Asia can afford not to study Kurt Campbell’s new bookThe Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia. The book justifies the pivot by arguing that “the lion’s share of the history of twenty-first century will be written in Asia.”

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Responding To The End Of Economic Growth

August 10, 2016

Both the Democratic and Republican parties promise Americans more and better jobs, a vibrant economy. But what if this is truly a dreaming field, which no one can build? The time has come to consider a fundamental change in what we aspire to.

US Continues to Ignore Massive Pedophilia in Afghanistan

August 02, 2016

 “In an Afghanistan ravaged by war and poverty, an ancient tradition has been secretly revived: Young boys sold by their families to wealthy merchants and warlords, taught to dance and entertain, and used for sex.”

Statue of Liberty Flickr/Celso Flores

Effective Assimilation Can Thwart Authoritarianism

July 27, 2016

Both Haidt and Brooks may well be right that immigration is a very significant factor in the current reaction of the nationalists to the liberal policies favored by globalists; however, it is far from the only one. Two other major factors are involved: the march of individual rights, and the growing community deficit.