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Sunset yoga, CC: Ursula Le Guin

Beware of Wrong Mindfulness

October 23, 2015

At first I was skeptical. A close friend, a rather sensible fellow, told me in no uncertain terms (not his usual style) that I should become "mindful". When I humbly asked what this means, he told me "to be in the moment", to "suspend judgment", and to "run off the inner observer". It reminded me of my days at Berkeley just when the hippies came out of the woodwork. 

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

US-China Relations: Giving Voice to Doves in a Hawkish Environment

October 02, 2015

 As someone who was involved in combat for two and a half years, I much prefer that people, even enemies, talk to each other rather than shoot each other.

Pope Francis, Copyright: Raffaele Esposito

"Unbridled Capitalism": New Evidence

September 24, 2015

If you want to know what Pope Francis has in mind when he points out that capitalism is running amok, or has become "unbridled" and needs to be reined in, you do not have to go far.

Bashar Al Assad

Negotiate an End to the War in Syria

September 15, 2015

The time has come to accept that there are only bad options in Syria, and to choose the least tragic one. 

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

Why ‘Ultimate Encryption’ Should Be Illegal

September 08, 2015

Tech companies are increasingly adopting what I call “ultimate encryption” (UE), encryption schemes that allow only the sender and the receiver of the communication to decrypt the message. Hence, tech companies are unable to comply when the authorities present a search warrant, based on the government having provided a sufficient level of particularized suspicion. 

"Hillary Clinton" (2014) by Marc Nozell (CC BY)

Hillary Needs a Vision

August 19, 2015

The commentariat has made much out of the fact that news about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server has drowned out the policy proposals she has unveiled. These proposals indeed deserve public attention. However, they also reveal one of her campaign's great weaknesses. 

Iraq tank

We Can Defeat ISIS

August 04, 2015

A common argument holds that one cannot defeat ISIS because it is not merely a group of brutal terrorists, but also an idea. And, the argument goes, how can you kill an idea? 

Hand reaching through computer screen

The Ultimate Encryption Debate

July 13, 2015

I have been called "irresponsible" by the famous Ronald Rivest of MIT for arguing that a new form of encryption is not merely the techies' major gift to terrorists and criminals -- but also a gross violation of the constitution! 

Obama and President Xi Jinping

‘Integrating China’ into the Existing Order

June 30, 2015

Obama “absolutely” rejected the notion that the U.S. 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.” 

FBI Headquarters: photo credits to andrewarchy

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. 

Coins in a hand

Economic Insecurity: A Major Concern

April 29, 2015

In informal encounters with regular folks,I gained the impression that there is an issue on their minds which no political leader is addressing.

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Majority of Americans Exhibit ‘Economic Insecurity’

April 27, 2015

We found that the majority of Americans — both Democrats and Republicans— indeed experience a sort of economic anxiety.

President Obama and President Xi

Mearsheimer’s War With China

March 30, 2015

In the new edition of his 2001 book, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, John J. Mearsheimer lives up to his reputation as a provocative political scientist.