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The IMF and American Power

The IMF and American Power

The IMF is ‘in trouble’ because it does not represent a place for collective action nor of universality. Rather, it constitutes an executive agent of American power and its global projections vis-à-vis other economies.

More ‘Hama Rules’ or a Democratic Opening from the Tragedy of Syria?

More ‘Hama Rules’ or a Democratic Opening from the Tragedy of Syria?

The conflict in Syria has gone beyond the point of no return. The rules of the game are Hama Rules; the regime views the contest in terms of us or them.

US-Indian Relations: Permanent Interests Not Permanent Friends

US-Indian Relations: Permanent Interests Not Permanent Friends

It is important that the United States do a better job of defending its own interests in its negotiations with India. Nevertheless, there are areas of common strategic concern where we can work with the Indian government to the benefit of both nations.

Security Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Arctic Environment

Security Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Arctic Environment

As the polar ice cap melts, the US and the international community are underprepared to address the growing economic dynamics of the Arctic.

The China-Philippines Face Off at Scarborough Shoal: Back to Square One?

The China-Philippines Face Off at Scarborough Shoal: Back to Square One?

The current standoff in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China threatens to raise tensions to new heights.

MORE THAN TEN MONTHS TO GO

The US presidential election is more than ten months off and it is going to be, to borrow a phrase from the unloved Donald Rumsfeld, a long, hard slog to get there. The Republican nominee is yet to emerge from the messy competition that began months ago and seems likely to stretch on for months more.

Is al Qaeda on the Wrong Side of History?

Is al Qaeda on the Wrong Side of History?

The Arab Spring’s impact on the Global Jihad Movement is ironic. Al Qaeda, its associated groups and home-grown cells are no longer the agents of change. In the eyes of the people, this most powerful grouping of violent entities remains marginalized.

The Potential for Sino-US Conflict in the South China Sea

The Potential for Sino-US Conflict in the South China Sea

Arguably, the most significant fact in international relations at the beginning of the 21st Century is the gradual emergence of China as a regional and global power, and the relative decline of what can be loosely termed the ‘status quo powers’ and their most powerful member, the US. A number of mini-crises in the South China Sea this year, are sparking concern about China’s rise and the potential for Sino-US conflict.

Are women important in US foreign policy?

Madeleine Bunting wrote a fascinating piece regarding the inclusion of a feminist agenda in US foreign policy (USFP) in the Guardian on January 16, 2011. Fascinating, because it forces me to assess what I think about the success of inculcating a women’s agenda into USFP.

‘Smart Power’: A change in U.S. diplomacy strategy

‘Smart Power’: A change in U.S. diplomacy strategy

Smart power ‘is a concept that underscores the necessity of a strong military, but also invests heavily in alliances, partnerships, and institutions at all levels to expand American influence and establish the legitimacy of American action.’ More plainly, smart power is a combination of both hard and soft power approaches to diplomacy.

The ‘Cultural Turn’ in International Relations: Making Sense of World Politics

The ‘Cultural Turn’ in International Relations: Making Sense of World Politics

What do the Miss Universe competition, Sesame Street’s Elmo, and Fox’s television show 24 have in common? Aside from being phenomenally successful American cultural products, they can also offer us insight into the workings of world politics, in this case through their connections to the US military detention facilities at Joint Task Force Guantánamo.

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