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"US and CEE countries concerned over the Kremlin’s Europe strategy"
Doireann McDermott, The Baltic Times (Page 6), October 20, 2016.
James Denton, co-director of the Transatlantic Renewal Project told The Baltic Times: “We left Riga encouraged that the erosion that has taken place within transatlantic partnership since the early 2000s has been stopped and largely reversed.” Denton acknowledged the serious external challenges that remain, but also said he believes the partnership is more alert, more unified, more prepared, and more resolute today than it has been for over a decade. He added: “Of course, President Putin can take much credit for this improvement by having clarified the nature and intentions of his regime with, among other adventures, the invasion of Ukraine. However, it must also be said that the leaders of the three Baltic State governments — and their diplomats in Washington — have played key roles in rejuvenating western unity and resolve through their persistent and by now largely vindicated assessments of the regional security environment.
"Interview with a Chinese Ex-Vampire"
Tom Ricks, Foreign Policy, May 12, 2010.
Ethan Guttman has a fascinating piece in World Affairs Journal about China’s efforts to track and quash dissidents through computer surveillance. The centerpiece of the article is an interview with Hao Fengjun, a former Chinese government surveillance expert from the secret "6-10 Office" who defected and now lives in Australia.
"Profiling Whole Nations"
Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast, Jan. 4, 2010.
It is, as Robert Kagan has written in the latest issue of World Affairs, a problem that requires a robust combination of political and military responses. Perhaps some Democrats may even learn that Islamist jihad has a pedigree that predates George W. Bush.
"In Search of the Obama Doctrine"
Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post, Jan. 3, 2010.
Writing in the January/February issue of World Affairs, Robert Kagan of the Carnegie Endowment worries that Obama has given up before even playing, simply managing what he sees as the country's inevitable decline into a "post-American" world. Worse, by trying to be a convener of nations and a "friend to all," Obama is casting aside old alliances and accommodating rivals such as China and Russia.
"Say Arrivederci to the Basimento: When a Language Disappears, Do We Lose a Piece of Humanity?"
Kenneth Kidd, The Star, Nov. 14, 2009.
In a recent essay in the journal World Affairs, John McWhorter, a linguist at Columbia University, expresses his sadness at the disappearance of so many languages.
But he also dares to speak the unspeakable, that this might not be as melancholy an event as we instinctively imagine. "The main loss when a language dies," he writes, "is not cultural but aesthetic."
Idea of the Day: Why Save Dying Languages?
The New York Times, Oct. 29, 2009
Talibanistan: Watching the Sharia at Work in Pakistan
Forbes, Oct. 17, 2009
Pictures From the War Zone
Forbes, Oct. 10, 2009
Markets and Morality
Forbes, Oct. 8, 2009
Lessons the Media Can Learn From Covering the War in Iraq
ABC News, Oct. 6, 2009
Novelists offer Obama a tour of Europe's Soul
Ottowa Citizen, Nov. 3, 2008
The New York Sun, Aug. 7, 2008
After Bush: The Case for Continuity in Foreign Policy
Hudson Institute, July 22, 2008
Promoting Democracy Throughout the World
Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2008
The Secret History of Neoconservatism
Commentary, April 10, 2008
Post-Iraq Journal Hopes to Induce Discussion
Politico, Feb. 1, 2008