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343 – The decline (and fall?) of the term ambassador

September 5, 2015 by


The other day I spent some time at the dentist. I waited for the newest CAD/CAM technology to work its wonders and outfit me with a perfectly adapted crown within half an hour. Meanwhile, I perused the glossy trade magazines one finds in medical waiting rooms – Gala, Chi? People, Faces, or the Schweizer Illustrierte. […]

342 – Hitler’s swerve

September 3, 2015 by


George Friedman specializes in the analysis of international conflicts and is CEO of the renowned private intelligence corporation STRATFOR. His credentials notably include studying the potential for a U.S.-Japan conflict after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and co-authoring The Coming War with Japan. This year, he has written a piece on “Hitler’s […]

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

September 1, 2015 by


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 by


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 by


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 by


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 by


“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, […]


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