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Analysis and Commentary

Trump’s Ideal America: More Norwegians, Less Norway

by Markos Kounalakisvia McClatchy DC
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Donald Trump admires “winners” and his favored immigrant group, the Norwegians, are winning so much at the Winter Olympics that they are probably getting tired of hauling around medals. If the president were to take a closer look at the Scandinavian nation, however, there is little else beyond athletic success he would personally find appealing.

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The ‘China, Inc.+’ Challenge To Cyberspace Norms

by Robert D. Williamsvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This paper explores two aspects of China’s governance model that pose distinctive challenges to the construction of international cyberspace norms: the embedded and intertwined nature of the Communist Party-state in China’s economy and the expansive conception of national security reflected in Chinese laws and policies. Viewed in conjunction with Chinese cyberspace strategy and activity, these characteristics of “China, Inc. +” raise vexing questions with considerable implications for US-China relations.

Analysis and Commentary

Cash And Carry, Or Who Wants Which Countries’ Paper Money To Conduct Criminal Activity, Launder Money, And Evade Taxes?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

An increasing number of monetary authorities and economists around the world are recommending that high denomination banknotes be removed from circulation on the grounds that they underwrite criminal behavior, money laundering, and tax evasion.

Analysis and Commentary

China Humiliates Another Western Company

by Michael R. Auslinvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Beijing increasingly demands corporate self-censorship.

Analysis and Commentary

Progs Love A Man In A Uniform

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, February 19, 2018

Why the media fell in love with North Korea's Kim Yo-jong.

In the News

Asia’s Rocketing Ambition

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Washington Post
Friday, February 16, 2018

In his 2011 book, “Civilization: The West and the Rest,” historian Niall Ferguson credits a series of “killer apps” for enabling the West to take off in the 15th century and remain dominant for the next 500 years while the rest of the world stalled. The two leading “apps” in his scheme were competition and science.

In the News

Indicting Hackers Made China Behave, But Russia Will Be Harder

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Sunday, February 18, 2018

On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller released the indictment of the "Internet Research Agency LLC," also known as the Russian troll factory, and a number of other entities and individuals. The indictment states that the Internet Research Agency and the other named defendants "knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016."

Featured

Technology Theft Goes Both Ways – As China Is Discovering

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Friday, February 16, 2018

Beijing is starting to worry that the rest of the world will steal its advanced technology. The Chinese military is calling for stronger protection of the country’s intellectual property, particularly in sensitive defence areas. Supercomputers, drones, rocket launchers and the like, were singled out as areas where ‘generations’ of Chinese research cannot be allowed to be put at risk.

Featured

Lanhee Chen: Swooning Over a Brutal, Murderous Regime

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Liberal media outlets are swooning over North Korea’s “sports diplomacy” at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. They’ve even suggested that somehow the North Koreans have outmaneuvered the Trump Administration in the diplomatic arena.

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Who's Really Winning The North Korea Standoff?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kim Jong-un may seem to have the upper hand, but the U.S. is quietly proving otherwise.

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