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A President and a Gentleman

interview with Haley Barbour, C. Boyden Grayvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Haley Barbour and C. Boyden Gray reminisce about the life and legacy of George H. W. Bush's presidency and how future generations will remember him.  

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Our Political Theologies

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

It has been seventeen years since the September 11 attacks, a defining moment not only for America but for our allies as well, and the response of one of them can help understand some of the underlying cultural aspects of contemporary political debate.  When the news reports spread through Paris, the initial reaction of profound shock quickly gave way to vigorous expressions of solidarity with the United States. “We are now all Americans” Le Monde declared famously. France, itself so often scarred by terrorism from the Middle East since the Algerian War, felt threatened as well, as painful national memories reemerged. 

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The Middle Eastern Christian Dilemma

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Writing in his famous book, What Went Wrong, the Middle East’s eminent historian, Bernard Lewis remarked that “according to Islamic law and tradition, there were three groups of people who did not benefit from the general Muslim principle of legal and religious equality – unbelievers, slaves, and women …. the rise of Western power and the spread of Western influence brought important changes to all three groups.” But while the drive for the emancipation of the three groups elicited fierce opposition, the reason was hardly the same. 

Analysis and Commentary

We Need A Better Definition Of ‘Refugee’

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Washington Post
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The global asylum and refugee system is no longer fit for purpose. As a beneficiary of that system, I do not make such a statement lightly. The reality is that it is outdated and can no longer cope with the challenges posed by mass violence and global migration today.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Vladimir Putin Is A Terrible Strategist

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Monday, December 17, 2018

President Vladimir Putin has carefully crafted an image as a strong man of action — one whose will and power have single-handedly restored Russia’s status as a great power.

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In the News

Chinese Deal May Change US Navy Ops At Israel’s Port In Haifa

quoting Admiral Gary Rougheadvia World Tribune
Monday, December 17, 2018
A Chinese company with close ties to the communist government will assume control of the civilian port in Israel’s largest port city in 2021.
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Book Review: ‘Political Risk: How Businesses And Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity’ By Condoleezza Rice And Amy Zegart

featuring Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegartvia Financial Express
Sunday, December 16, 2018
When companies plan for the future they look at various potential downsides, which include market, operational and credit risk. They could also look at the regulatory side, where any structural change can take place that can disrupt the apple cart. But does one ever look at political risk, which has grown in importance in recent times? This is where Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegart add value in their book titled Political Risk.

New Frontiers in Digital Censorship: A Conversation with Glenn Tiffert

by Glenn Tiffert
Thursday, December 13, 2018

In this episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, featured guest Glenn Tiffert explores how structural and technological shifts in the global information environment—enabled by algorithms, artificial intelligence, and private sector hosting services—are creating new opportunities for authoritarian regimes such as China to censor and manipulate information at the source. 

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Don’t Let Brexit Take The Tory Out Of Tolkien

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, December 17, 2018

You really know your political career is in trouble when people start comparing you to Gollum. Poor Theresa May was on the wrong end of some Tolkien-inspired satire last week, when the actor Andy Serkis released a spoof video with the title “LEAKED: Footage from Inside No. 10 Downing Street!” Serkis, who played Gollum in Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of “The Lord of the Rings,” had the inspired idea of combining the characters of Britain’s prime minister and Tolkien’s cadaverous, covetous, conflicted villain.


The Globalist Mindset: They Hate You

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Against what or whom is the contemporary Western public pushing back? The French non-Parisians against new green taxes on already unaffordable gasoline? Broke southern European Union nations against the financial demands of German bankers? The Eastern Europeans against French and German open-border mandates?


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