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China’s Relations with Africa and the American Context

China’s Relations with Africa and the American Context

Africa is an emerging strategic partner of China. As a result, some over-excited analysts talk of a major competition between China and the United States in Africa.

American Exceptionalism, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the 2012 Presidential Campaign

American Exceptionalism, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the 2012 Presidential Campaign

The debate over American exceptionalism has only just begun. It appears to be at its apex during times of anxiety and crisis within the American polity. Hence, the current state of affairs in America makes the 2012 election season such a juncture.

Memogate Reveals Pakistan’s Hand

Memogate Reveals Pakistan’s Hand

Memogate reveals that Pakistan’s politics is as dysfunctional as ever. American policymakers and pundits have become so vehement about Pakistan’s failure to cooperate on counterterrorism that more pressing problems in the country have been overlooked.

An End in Sight? The War on Terror and the Future of World Order

An End in Sight? The War on Terror and the Future of World Order

Western democracies must accept China as an equal partner in managing the global order, an order that has until recently borne the distinctive imprint of Western interests. The task of accommodating China will form the defining challenge of the 21st century.

Review – A Contest For Supremacy

Review – A Contest For Supremacy

Friedberg’s thesis is two-fold. First, he argues the United States and China are locked in a quiet but increasingly intense struggle for power and influence in Asia and across the globe, which will only become more acute as China continues to accumulate more power. Second, the emerging rivalry is not the result of easily erased misperceptions, but driven by power politics and differing ideologies

Review – The Future of Power

Review – The Future of Power

In ‘The Future of Power’, Joseph S. Nye outlines a synthesis of his more than two decades of scholarship on the future of world power politics. Nye explains how power works and how it is changing under the conditions of a burgeoning revolution in information technology, globalization, and the return of Asia in the 21st century.

The US Space Shuttle Legacy and IR: A Realist Perspective

The US Space Shuttle Legacy and IR: A Realist Perspective

The apparent US retrenchment from space in recent years shows some courage and wisdom. It is now time to focus on the future in a more sustainable way, and win back the command of the edge of space. That is the path chosen by President Obama, though, one must not forget the legacy of the Space Shuttle and the era it represented.

Gates’ Parting Shot

Gates’ Parting Shot

What NATO has demonstrated in the past 20 years is its utility as facilitator of action by its members, deployed on the basis of what are seen as the compelling strategic and political judgements of the time. Despite this, US Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, has recently warned of a dismal future for the transatlantic alliance. Yet we should not assume that the Alliance is condemned to possible irrelevance.

The GCC Plan for Yemen: Still Crazy after All These Months

The GCC Plan for Yemen: Still Crazy after All These Months

On April 25, the Gulf Cooperation Council proposed a settlement to resolve the political crisis in Yemen. The GCC initiative will not solve the Yemen crisis, only complicate and prolong it. The dogged American persistence in supporting it adds dangerous legitimacy to the agreement and the failing Saleh regime.

The World’s Most Warring Nation

The World’s Most Warring Nation

The history of US foreign policy is a violent and bloody one, although this is not necessarily the dominant perception of most Americans. It is in fact, the most warring nation in modern history. It is in this historical context that we have to try and understand its current military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, the Horn of Africa and Libya.

American Intervention in Failing Countries is Neccessary

American Intervention in Failing Countries is Neccessary

Intervention to stabilize and reconstruct failed, failing, fragile, and even re-orient hostile countries may not be avoidable for the U.S. and also for its E.U. partners. But for intervention to be successful it must be undertaken cautiously, preemptively when possible, and swiftly, with coalitions of willing partners.

The Western Balkans: The Ultimate Test for the European Union

The Western Balkans: The Ultimate Test for the European Union

Despised by Bismarck as ’not worth the life of a single German solider’’ and described by Churchill as ‘having too much history to consume’’, the region of the Western Balkans is returning to the agenda. The EU and the USA must step in and show that they are up to this ultimate test of bringing the last remaining non-EU island into the orbit of the Union and NATO.

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