Thursday, April 24, 2014
  1. Kennan’s Revenge

    Robert Skidelsky

    Kennan’s Revenge

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     uses the Ukraine crisis to revisit the West's Cold War-era "containment" doctrine.

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    American diplomat George Kennan traced the Cold War partly to neurotic insecurity and Oriental secretiveness on the Russian side, and legalism and moralism on the Western side. If Cold War II erupts in Ukraine, it will be because the middle ground of cool calculation of interests, possibilities, and risks remains elusive to this day. READ MORE

  2. Asia’s Giants Under New Management

    Kishore Mahbubani
  3. Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

    Rodrigo Pardo

    Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

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     sees no near-term resolution that would halt the country's descent into violence.

    Newsart for Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal andresAzp/Flickr

    Venezuela is descending ever deeper into violence, with street protests spreading rapidly across the country and President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to suppress them becoming increasingly brutal. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming elections that might resolve the worsening power struggle – and no outside actors willing to intervene. READ MORE

  4. The German Leadership Question

    Otmar Issing

    The German Leadership Question

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     wants Germany to lead Europe with good economic policy, not by bailing out governments and banks.

    Newsart for The German Leadership Question Laura/Flickr

    Bailing out governments and banks is not the direction in which Germany should lead. If Germany should lead at all, it should do so by providing a model of good economic policies for others to emulate, and by respecting the commitments enshrined in the treaties that established the European Union and the eurozone. READ MORE

  5. Turkey’s Electoral Dictatorship

    Timur Kuran

    Turkey’s Electoral Dictatorship

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     warns that recent local elections will reinforce Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's authoritarian turn.

    Newsart for Turkey’s Electoral Dictatorship European External Action Service/Flickr

    In the run-up to Turkey’s municipal elections on March 30, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that the vote would serve as a referendum on his scandal-plagued leadership. Following his party's overwhelming victory, institutional checks on his power are likely to be eroded further. READ MORE

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