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Return of history

Francis Fukiyama was wrong. We have not been witnessing the end of history, but the return of history. One reason for this is that we have not learned the lessons of history. But who did not at least think that 1989 had brought to an end four decades of Cold War in Europe and the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Barack Obama goes home

Kuwait – Afghanistan – Iraq – Jordan – Israel – West Bank – Berlin – Paris – London, was the Barack Obama itinerary for the past week. The ‘celebrity tour’ element was a great success. However, the tour was part of his American electoral campaign, and the degree of its success will be seen in… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Ahead of the Democrat Presidential candidate’s current foreign trip, Barack Obama laid out his ‘national security strategy’ in Washington on 15 July. His inspiration for the renewal of the global order is George Marshall. Needed then and needed again now is “a new overarching strategy to meet the challenges of a new and dangerous world.”… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The news that the Pentagon has cancelled the Air Force’s award of the $35 billion tanker contract, requiring Boeing and EADS to submit new offers, may have unfortunate consequences. Senior Defense Department civilians have for some time lack of confidence in the Air Force’s ability to manage the contract. The new bidding will be overseen… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

From 11/9 to 9/11

“America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11”, by Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier, is an interesting read, in particular in highlighting the continuities of policies of the Clinton and George W Bush Administrations. American exceptionalism is alive and well in both parties as can be seen from the speeches of both Senators McCain and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

“In the coming 20 years, China-US-EU relationship will decide the trend of international relations” (Zbigniew Brzezinski: c 2004) It is timely to review the state of the three bilateral relationships and the prospects for the trilateral relationship, following the 17th Party Congress, the PRC-EU November 2007 Summit, the Third US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) in… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

We are probably going to have to wait until just before the Democratic National Convention before we know the identity of Barack Obama’s running mate. For Obama it is a question of whom he will work with; for many it is who may succeed him. The nominee must both be a vote-winner and compatible to… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

In the past, foreign policy has always been seen as an extension of domestic policy. Today, however, the distinction is becoming blurred. The main domestic challenges facing society are also global: climate change, terrorism, drugs, energy security. One day’s exposure to television in Washington is enough to show how ill-equipped Americans are for foreign policy,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The media coverage of the secret Obama-Clinton meeting and the concession speech of Hillary Clinton was all-consuming. There are many programmes on why the next US President may be black and why a woman could have been president. And there are still over four months to go to the Election with the real campaign only… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

It’s easy to write off ‘TEC’ as yet another talking shop as it is not a decision-making body. The second meeting took place in Brussels on 13 May and the next meeting is scheduled for October. If the quality and quantity of the US participation is anything to go by, the meeting was very important… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick