Browsing Archives of Author »Aldo Matteucci«

341 – India’s foreign policy as “crooked timber”

September 1, 2015


Looking at India’s dearth of foreign policy statements, India’s Senior Ambassador Kishan S. Rana has observed: “India has seldom published foreign policy white papers. All ministries present annual reports in Parliament, at the start of the Budget Session each February. MEA’s Annual Reports are fine documents for reference on the minutiae of external relations, but […]

340 – Should NGOs be involved in foreign policy formulation?

August 30, 2015


I have recently seen the suggestion that, in the context of introducing Good Governance to foreign affairs, states should accept Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) as contributors to a national foreign policy. Good governance is an emotionally loaded term used to outline a theoretical and uniform Platonic “best practice” to which all countries and their Ministries of […]

339 – Internet’s silent and hidden effects

August 25, 2015


Conviction without experience makes for harshness Flannery O’CONNOR The internet is an enabler. Arguably, the internet has been the most transforming event in the last thousand years – akin, in its impact, to writing, or the domestication of the horse. The horse enabled large-scale herding and nomadism. It was a new and great way of […]

338 – “NATO’s” puzzling bafflement

August 20, 2015


In a well-argued article in the current New York Review of Books,[1] an Anonymous author – formerly with NATO) laments: “It is not clear whether our culture can ever develop sufficient knowledge, rigor, imagination, and humility to grasp the phenomenon of ISIS. But for now, we should admit that we are not only horrified but […]

337 – Democracy and Inequality

August 9, 2015


“Do good institutions—democracy and the rule of law—promote growth? Or are good institutions only made possible by the prior development of a thriving economy?” Joseph Ober, in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, asks this question anew and comes down clearly on the side of “good institutions.” Around 800 BC, Greece was a poor region, […]

336 – China’s Great SSE Wall

July 14, 2015


(A 9000 km long analogy) Recently, the stock exchanges of China, first among them the SSE (Shanghai Stock Exchange), took a bad fall: 2015 – Performance of SEE Source: The Chinese government intervened to stem the downside slide: “The securities regulator also made a mistake by treating the stock market index as if it […]

335 – A dashing humanitarian mission

July 8, 2015


Khiva is a town in the western province of Khorezm in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Along with Samarkand and Bukhara to Kiva’s south, the town is an important and often overlooked historical site on what was once the Great Silk Road. Up to 1873, Khiva was the capital of the Khanate of Khiva surrounding the […]


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