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Vince Cable (the UK Liberal Democrat “shadow” finance minister) has written a superb book on the world economic crisis and what it means, entitled The Storm (Atlantic Books, 2009). In only around 160 pages, he writes clearly and with considerable economic authority. Cable was one of the few who anticipated the current crisis. The book… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo University on 4 June, rivals the brilliance of John F Kennedy’s Ich bin ein Berliner 1963 speech in Berlin. Shrewdly, the event was hosted by Cairo University, founded in 1908, al-Azhar University, founded in 975. I could not resist watching its entire 54 minutes. Of course, words alone are… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

It is only a question of time before North Korea becomes a nuclear weapon power with a missile capability that can reach, Japan and probably Hawaii. There are three good reasons why North Korea must not have nuclear weapons. First, it is obvious that it would be potentially catastrophic as the régime is not rational… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The post of 15 May on US ambassadorial appointments drew attention to the failure of President Obama to appoint ambassadors in Brussels and Beijing. Today, however, Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman has been nominated ambassador to China. The appointment is very interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which is that he is a… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I have as yet not even heard serious gossip as to who President Obama will nominate as Ambassador to the European Union. and was wondering whether this was a reflection of the relevance of Europe to the new president. However, Beijing too is still without a nomination; although possible names have been mentioned. From 1… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Like many others, I’ve always believed that peace in the Greater Middle East begins with resolving the Israel-Palestine issue. I have changed my mind. I now believe that the key to peace begins with the Iran-US axis, not on the Israel-Palestine dispute. And agreement with Iran is becomng a real possibility. Barack Obama’s approach is… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

EU leadership deficit

We have a surfeit of leaders in the European Union (to borrow a phrase from The Economist’s Charlemagne) but a deficit of leadership. Barack Obama had recently to share the press briefing, following an uninspiring EU-US Summit in Prague on 5 April, with no less than the President of the Commission and the Prime Ministers… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following interview in Chinese has appeared on over 250 Chinese websites. It is accurate except on the theme of the heading. You will see that I say that US policy substance has not necessarily changed. EU scholar says U.S. “policy substance” toward Europe remains unchanged by Xinhua writers Wu Liming, Ban Wei PRAGUE, April… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

How did the United Nations and its leading member countries make such a mess of the racism conference in Geneva this week, dubbed ‘Durham II”?To try to answer this question requires other questions to be addressed: How can the UN Human Rights Council have credibility, given its anti-Israeli bias? With the experience of Durban I… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following interview was published ytesterday by EurActif : US President Barack Obama has already taken substantial steps to improve the United States’ relations with its Western partners, seek dialogue with the Muslim world and address hotbeds of tension, Stanley Crossick, the founding chairman of European Policy Centre, told EurActiv in an interview. European Policy… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick