Category Archives: Foreign Policy

Fortress Americas

For a long time I’ve been citing Robert Kaplan’s thesis put forth in his prescient book The Coming Anarchy.As I wrote two years ago, Asia, Europe,the Middle East and Africa will fulfill Robert Kaplan’s prediction of The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the … Continue reading

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Fork in the Road

You know some big shifts are going on when the Washington conventional wisdom is so separated from the rest of the country. This morning the New York Times’ Peter Baker writes about Obama’s “management” of the multiple foreign policy crises, … Continue reading

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Bizarro World 2016

Something truly odd is happening in the political run up to the 2016 presidential campaign. The signs are everywhere that the classical right -left political alignments are falling apart. First comes word that some of the key Neo Cons of … Continue reading

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Conventional Idiocy

David Sanger has been writing the conventional wisdom for as long as I can remember, but this morning he has really become John McCain’s talking puppet. In trying to justify why we should be sending troops to Syria and Libya, … Continue reading

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Tail Wags Dog

I know I’m going to catch hell for this post because no one is allowed to criticize Israel, but I’m really tired of our foreign policy being driven by Right Wing Israeli politics. Two cases in point this morning. First … Continue reading

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Put a Stake In It

The reports of the death of the Neo-Conservative Movement have been greatly exaggerated. Dick Cheney has become a cheerleader for Newt Gingrich whose sole intention seems to be to continue The Long War ad infinitum. On a day when we … Continue reading

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New Federalism Revisited

I run an Innovation Lab at USC. It is supported by some of the most innovative companies in the world. I can tell you one thing with certainty—the truly innovative companies have learned to devolve power and flatten organization structures. … Continue reading

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What is to be done?

When I started promulgating this notion of The Interregnum–“The old is dying and the new cannot be born;in this interregnum morbid symptoms abound”(Gramsci)–two years ago, I had no idea how morbid the symptoms would get. The last week has been … Continue reading

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Life After Empire

In 1922, the British Empire held sway over a population of about 458 million people, one-quarter of the world’s population,and covered more than 13,000,000 square miles: approximately a quarter of the Earth’s total land area. By 1956, after the disastrous … Continue reading

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George Will on Afghanistan

I don’t often say this, but George Will gets it exactly right. But before launching New Deal 2.0 in Afghanistan, the Obama administration should ask itself: If U.S. forces are there to prevent re-establishment of al-Qaeda bases — evidently there are … Continue reading

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