Former presidential candidate and US Senator John McCain's comment was a biting kicker at opening dinner of 2011 Halifax International Security Forum.
In China, Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs is selling like Szechuan dumplings, and Jobs' death has sparked a discussion among Chinese on whether China could ever produce a Jobs. In fact, they did -- and his name was Deng Xiaoping.
There are probably significant economic bubbles embedded in China's political economy -- I just can't find them. Some argue that the entire country is a bubble, or a Ponzi scheme, that will collapse the moment China has a really bad year.
In the morass of the Eurozone, Germany's economic triumph and political ascension may ultimately lead to the unraveling of the economic and political binds that have tied European states together. Germany, despite moments of leadership in the Euro crisis, has mostly been a 'euro late and kilo short' throughout the crisis.
Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has now been in his post for a year. This is the first installment in taking stock.
The president knows he has very hard choices ahead and that the cutting edge of global affairs will not be in the Middle East but in Asia
Comments on Maureen Orth and her work to highlight the work of the Peace Corps on its 50th Anniversary.
Think tanks in Washington scramble and compete with each other to influence the policy debate on a variety of fronts -- but what is desperately needed is for one of them to put forward a white paper on how to spell Moammer Gaddafi's name.
Pervez Musharraf, the former Army general turned (former) President of Pakistan, is a different man than the Musharraf who has now declared that he will again contest for his nation's presidency
The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index offers comparative rankings for 139 countries. Here's how the United States ranked on the various criteria in the 2010-2011 Global Competitiveness Report.
I'm inclined to think Washington, DC constrains, frames, levels, directs, empowers, and topples -- all of which can be important. In contrast, the west coast of the United States -- and perhaps many corners of the country outside the beltway -- builds, innovates, creates, launches, discovers, struggles, and just figures out stuff, and designs the future.
Why his view that deployments to Afghanistan undermine American interests and embolden enemies is strategically coherent
Perhaps some folks who attend the Global Councils meeting are so deep into their various NGO terrains trying to alleviate poverty, curtail pandemics and disease, deal with water shortage problems, enhance human rights and the like that the fragility of the developed economies doesn't really rank as a big concern. Maybe World Economic Forums and the network of business leaders and economists just naturally tilt to more positive takes on the globalization track and downplay the downsides.
This alleged Iranian assassination plot against Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel Al-Jubeir simultaneously indicates both the intensity of anti-Saudi passion among Iran's senior leaders and a greater aggressiveness by Iran against the US. This is a serious situation -- and this kind of assassination is the sort that could lead to an unexpected cascade of events that could draw the US and other powers into a consequential conflagration in the Middle East.