The China-Russia Limited Partnership



A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on Rajon Menon’s paper, “The China-Russia Relationship, What it Involves, Where It Is Headed, and How It Matters for the United States.” While I titled that post “The China-Russia Strategic Relationship,” I think the title of this post more accurately reflects where the relationship stands today.

Which Communities are Still in High Sizzle Support Mode for Barack Obama?



We suspect that Rick Warren probably still is buddies with President Obama and keeps the photos of his big day offering Barack Obama’s Inauguration day prayer prominently in his office, his home, his wallet, maybe on the dashboard of his car.

Media Alert: Montel Williams Show on Afghanistan



Today at 10:50 am, I will be chatting with Montel Williams on Air America Radio about Afghanistan and the McChrystal Report. One of the things I may remind Montel of is that during the Republican National Convention when he was off sitting with luminaries like Norman Ornstein, Ron Brownstein, Howard Fineman, and E.J.

Anthony Zinni on Sorting out America’s Credibility Problem



Yesterday, I hosted General Anthony Zinni for a discussion on his views on national security decision making, the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, the broader Middle East, and President Obama’s approach to foreign policy. Zinni has been on tour discussing his new book, Leading the Charge: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom.

Guest Post by Daniel Mandel: Japan’s Electoral and Economic Sea Change



Daniel Mandel is a Program Associate at the New America Foundation/Economic Growth Program. The Democratic Party of Japan’s (DPJ) historic landslide victory over the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Sunday’s election will have important consequences for that country’s domestic politics, as well as its strategic relationship with the United States.

Guest Post by Jim Krane: Dubai, Not Obama, is the Mideast’s Best Peace Hope



This is a guest note by Jim Krane, a former AP Persian Gulf correspondent. His new book on Dubai, City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism, is available here. As Americans, Israelis and Palestinians continue their endless peace-jockeying, a more hopeful solution has emerged.

STREAMING LIVE: General Anthony Zinni on Sorting Out America’s “Honor Problem”



Former CENTCOM Commander General Anthony Zinni is one of those leaders who really “gets” the complexities and nuances of statecraft – an understanding that led him to bravely oppose the Iraq war when it was very unpopular in Washington to do so.

Alert: Democracy Now, KPFA, and General Anthony Zinni



Tomorrow at 8 am EST, I will be chatting with Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman about the impact of Sunday’s Japanese national elections on US-Japan relations. At about 10 am EST, I will be talking yet again about Hatoyama, Aso, Ozawa, Okada and the other rising and falling Japanese political players on Berkeley’s listener-supported KPFA radio….