Redeploying American Power Through Listening, and Civilians

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A little over year ago after Paul Wolfowitz’s unceremonious departure from the World Bank, the newly appointed head of the World Bank, Bob Zoellick, went on a “listening tour” both as a symbolic gesture to the world to repair damaged relations with investors, but also to gather real “intelligence” of sorts on the needs and demands of the institution’s global stakeholders. But listening, as a tactic, also has direct applications for national security and counterterrorism. Last week Sen. Russ Feingold…

Streaming LIVE Today: Peter Gosselin on the Rising Tide of Economic Anxiety

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We’re hosting a session at New America Foundation this afternoon with National Economics Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Peter Gosselin, and CSPAN’s BookTV on the shift of financial risk to individual Americans. Peter’s new book, High Wire: The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families, explains how during a quarter century of steady economic growth the consequences of illness, job loss, or separation can devastate the security of a family more than ever before. Live Video streamed by Ustream Many…

A Truce Without a Sustainable Equilibrium

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Only a few hours ago a fourth rocket to hit Israel since a truce was agreed to with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has cast further doubts on the durability of this stopgap measure. That coupled with an increasingly wobbly Olmert, besieged on all fronts by his own Kadima party, Labor, and Likud, feeds a cyclical dynamic that is wearing thin the patience on both sides. Competing internal actors retain perverse incentives to play spoiler in order to preempt a resolution…

<em>Guest Post</em>: The Squeeze in Middle America

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Sam Sherraden is a Program Associate with the New America Foundation’s Economic Growth Program and writes for Global Economic Snapshot. As my cab approached Dulles Airport last week from my Washington home 45 minutes away, I looked up and was astonished to see the meter at only 45 dollars. After the driver paid for gas on a 60 mile ride (the 30 mile drive to the airport and 30 mile drive back to the district where he could get another…

Raising the Costs of Pegging to the Dollar

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Former Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Martin Feldstein pens a case in today’s Financial Times for Saudi Arabia to remove its currency’s peg from the dollar to ease their inflation problem. Inflation has raised political and economic risks for the region by stretching consumers’ household budgets with rising food prices and shrinking remittances sent back home by migrant workers, particularly from South Asia. Though there may be an economic case for this, Saudi Arabia will not move on this in…

<em>Guest Post</em>: A Belated Note on McCain, Petraeus, and Civil-Military Relations

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Andrew Lebovich is a Research Intern with the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program The Obama campaign and various surrogates jumped on comments made by Senator John McCain last week that it was “not too important” when American troops come home from Iraq, but rather what the conditions on the ground are. Yet this is not the most interesting quote from Sen. McCain’s remarks. The focus should instead be on his statement that “General Petraeus is going to tell us…

<em>Guest Post by Ben Katcher</em>: Domestic or Foreign Policy Agenda Setting?

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Ben Katcher is a Program Associate with the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program. At the Center for a New American Security “Pivot Point: New Directions for American Security” conference Wednesday, the question was raised of whether the next president is likely to invest his political capital in the domestic or the international sphere. It is clear from McCain’s lack of domestic policy proposals, his record in the Senate, and the way in which he has run his campaign, that…

Cameron Does A Bang-Up Debating Job

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Yesterday during the Prime Minister’s Questions, British Parliament debated the proposal by Gordon Brown’s Labor party to extend detention times for terrorist suspects from 28 days to 42 days. It was a type of debate we have had here in the United States, particularly around Guantanamo, military tribunals and habeas corpus but which we probably need far more of. The most powerful and eloquent words came from the fresh-faced Conservative Party leader David Cameron, who made a compelling case that…

Another Take on Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Agenda

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Congressman Markey is known to be one of the leading policy wonks in the US House of Representatives. His reputation for employing one of the largest numbers of PhD’s per capita on staff speaks to his interest in plumbing the intellectual depths of US policymaking, particularly US national security and nuclear policy. (It’s part of the reason he’s considered one of the leading candidates to eventually succeed Sen. Ted Kennedy). While I have a great deal of respect for the…

<em>Guest Post</em>: Liberal Internationalism’s Death — Untimely or Unlikely?

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Andrew Lebovich is a research intern with the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program. Is Liberal Internationalism dead? Professors Charles Kupchan and Peter Trubowitz certainly seem to suggest as much in a thoughtful paper published last year. Keeping in step with the ongoing Mahbubani/Ikenberry/Slaughter debate held here at The Washington Note, the authors postulate that changing domestic and external circumstances have brought about a fundamental change in the international system. These changes have rendered an American-led liberal internationalist order —…