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Ian Bremmer’s article in the March 2010 issue of Prospect is well worth reading. The world’s two great powers are growing dangerously hostile to one another. Could this be worse than the cold war? Previous posts have raised the increasing conflict between China and the US. President Hu Jintao’s attendance at the nuclear disarmament conference… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The US Treasury is expected to issue its semi-annual report on 15 April. Will it declare China a “currency manipulator”? This would be “for purposes of preventing effective balance of payments adjustments or gaining unfair competitive advantage in international trade.” This could lead to the imposition of countervailing duties on Chinese imports. The possibility of… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The British House of Commons all-party Foreign Affairs Committee has concluded that the phrase “the special relationship” no longer reflects the current Anglo-American relationship. The MPs believe the link to be “profound and valuable” but the British government needs to be “less deferential” towards the US and more willing to say no to Washington. The… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

In interpreting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s long speech of 22 March, the audience – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – has to be taken into account. Her support for Israel was effusive: • The relationship between the US and Israel has never been more important. • The US has long recognized… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The loss by the US Democrats of Senator Kennedy’s seat in the home of liberalism, could be a wake-up call for the West to take time out from preaching democracy to others, in order to take a good look at how democracy is faring in our own countries. In most of them, the government and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick