The China Games Debate

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For those interested, I have done a two-part exchange, a debate really, with New Republic deputy editor Richard Just over the issue of how an American President should approach the question of the Olympic Games with respect to ongoing human rights conditions in China. The first part is up — and the second should be up later today. . .I think. More later. — Steve Clemons

Food as a (re)New(ed) Strategic Lever

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The slew of stories on the fallout from rising food prices have primarily concentrated on the immediate political effects of riots and social upheaval mostly in developing nations. But the long term political effects — especially if high prices endure as some reporting and expertise suggests — could follow the “energy security” trend and pose real implications for balance-of-power politics. The lesser reported story is that the spike in food prices has precipitated interesting deals and swaps between nations —…

John Bolton: No Longer an Obscure Bureaucrat

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When I was thinking about launching a civil society battle over John Bolton’s nomination to serve as US Ambassador to the United Nations and planned to do what I could to block his Senate confirmation, I talked to a few Senators about it — on both sides of the aisle. One prominent Senator told me: Steve, I don’t like John Bolton any more than you do, but he’s an obscure bureaucrat going for a job nobody cares about. Unless someone…

Open Thread: Back in DC — Little Rock on Tuesday

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Just got back to Washington from the Middle East, or what I called the Middle West when I lived in Japan. I’m tuckered out — but may be back on later. For those in Arkansas, I’ll be down in Little Rock on Tuesday speaking at noon for the Arkansas Committee on Foreign Relations. My event doesn’t seem to be up on the ACFR’s website — but I will be there. Thursday and Friday, I will be in New York. I’m…

A Review of Soros and the Bursting of a Super Bubble

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This is a guest post by Richard Vague, a Republican business person concerned about the economic consequences of the Iraq War. Richard Vague is Chairman of “American Respect” and authored Terrorism: A Brief for Americans. In George Soros’s new book, The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means, you get three short “books” interwoven into one. The most central is an enhanced statement of his reflexivity investment theory, the second is an analysis…

Ditto On James Zogby’s Middle East Report

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Arab American Institute President James Zogby just included me tonight on the distribution of his 14 April 2008 Washington Watch report titled “The Disconnect: How Arabs and Americans See 2008“. I had to post this report tonight because he is just returning from Egypt and Kuwait to Washington — and has encountered the same intense interest and anxiety in our American election process there that I have found densely to be the case in Saudi Arabia — in both Riyadh…

Bipolar Finances: The Problem of Reclaiming Political Optimism

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James Pethokoukis of US News & World Report has just published an interesting article titled, “The Return of Big Government.” He suggests that there is no way for either a Republican or Democratic administration to come in without spending a lot of money to deal with everything from climate change to the Iraq War to housing and health care. My colleague Sherle Schwenninger, who directs New America’s Economic Growth Program, is quoted that national infrastructure alone needs $150 billion/year to…