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Obama’s Own JV Team

Author: Max Boot
Weekly Standard

Gates, Panetta, Petraeus, Clinton, Mullen and Jones have given way to Biden, Hagel, Kerry, Rice and Brennan. In response to criticism of American foreign policy from former Defense Secretaries Gates and Panetta, Max Boot explores the causes and implications of the post-Bin Laden shake-up in Obama's foreign policy team.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

Combating Ebola: What Can Africa Learn From China?

Author: Yanzhong Huang
China-US Focus

Yanzhong Huang notes the limited public health infrastructure in certain West African countries that are currently battling the spread of Ebola, which is a similar phenomenon to that which occurred in China during the 2003 SARS outbreak. Dr. Huang stresses the importance of foreign aid, particularly Chinese funds, to slow the spread of Ebola but points out that dependence on foreign aid is ultimately an unsustainable public health strategy.

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Public Health Threats and Pandemics

The Shape- Shifting Coalition

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

The U.S.-led coalition to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) includes fifty-five states, nine of which have taken part in military operations or stated their willingness to do so. However, over time, CPA's Micah Zenko argues, these commitments will diminish as the mission shifts, resources dwindle, and national support decreases, just as was the case in the Iraq War and 2011 intervention in Libya.

See more in Syria; Iraq; Counterterrorism; Military Operations

Hollow Words and an Exponential Horror

Author: Laurie Garrett
Foreign Policy

Obama called the world to action against Ebola, but most countries are only paying lip service to the coming catastrophe. Laurie Garrett asks two questions about this newly announced war on Ebola in this article for ForeignPolicy.com: Will personnel and resources reach West Africa rapidly enough to dam the viral flow, and will the nations of the world learn from this disaster to build institutions and long-term targets that prevent pandemics in the future?

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Emma Watson Gives Feminism New Life

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
cnn.com

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon highlights actress Emma Watson's speech on feminism at the United Nations. While she extols the importance of celebrity power in popularizing women's rights issues, she calls for increased action to create "visible, on-the-ground gains in the lives of ordinary women and men."

See more in Global; Women

The Campaign Against ISIL Could Cost $1.5B a Month

Authors: Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking
Defense One

Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking assess the ramifications of the anti-ISIS air campaign's expansion into Syria. They argue that the campaign will be stymied without robust regional partnerships. They conclude that, should the campaign escalate further, both domestic funding and political authorization will become significant issues of debate.

See more in United States; Syria; Military Operations; Defense Budget

Europe's Bargain

Author: A. Michael Spence
Project Syndicate

A. Michael Spence argues that the eurozone has an opportunity to jumpstart economic recovery by relaxing fiscal constraints on the condition that member states use the reprieve to initiate public sector investment and structural reforms.

See more in Europe; Monetary Policy; Budget, Debt, and Deficits

UK Will Grapple With the Unsolved Problem of Greater Autonomy

Author: Richard N. Haass
Financial Times

"The biggest danger from this side of the Atlantic is that the British government will be preoccupied for the coming years with how to grant and manage greater autonomy not just in Scotland but in Wales, Northern Ireland, and England – and then further distracted by the debate over its contested relationship with Europe," argues Richard N. Haass in the Financial Times.

See more in United Kingdom; Polls and Opinion Analysis