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October 8, 2018

United States
The White House National Cyber Strategy: Continuity with a Hint of Hyperbole

There seems to be a general consensus that the White House's new cyber strategy is a continuation of existing policy. However, the us-versus-them approach the strategy takes could pose a problem. 

The White House

September 25, 2018

United States
“Russia is the first instance of a socialist economy in action. And it works!” My transcription of an H.D. White essay.

“Political Economic Int. of Future,” by Harry Dexter White (c.1944) In 2013, I published an historical narrative entitled The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dex…

Essay First Page

November 19, 2018

International Organizations
The World Bank Group’s Role in Global Development

Since its founding in 1944, the World Bank has evolved from a lender focused on European reconstruction to the preeminent international institution for economic development and poverty reduction.

Villagers line up for cooking oil donated by local businessmen in Myanmar.

November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

Lectern with presidential seal

November 14, 2018

Southeast Asia
The Trump Administration Can Make the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Idea Work in Southeast Asia—With Vietnam as a Model

For many Southeast Asian states, the Trump White House’s new strategy for the region, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept, is a hard idea to sell—at least right now. The strategy vows to promote a…

Mattis-Vietnam_1.25.2018

November 14, 2018

United States
Spare Us the Nationalist Defense of American Sovereignty

The idea that current trends in multilateral cooperation threaten American sovereignty is a red herring. The fundamental reality of modern international life is that global challenges require multila…

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day in Paris, France on November 11, 2018.

November 14, 2018

South Africa
South Africa National Elections Scheduled for May 2019

The South African Independent Electoral Commission has announced that national elections will occur on a Wednesday between May 7 and the end of the month in 2019. The three leading parties will be the governing African National Congress (ANC), led by current state President Cyril Ramaphosa; the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), led by Mmusi Maimane; and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by Julius Malema.

South-Africa-Maimain-Malema-Parliament

November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

USMC birthday

November 9, 2018

China
Selling U.S. China Policy

Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4 speech on China, which many commentators have referred to as the administration’s defining China moment, was a leaden litany of Chinese vices and a hyped-up asse…

US-China meeting

November 7, 2018

Asia
How Will the Midterm Elections Affect U.S. Foreign Policy?

This past week, the Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives. In the Senate, however, the Democrats lost several seats, though multiple races remain uncalled. The U.S. midterm …

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