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Thinking about A Strategy for the Middle East

by Dennis Rossvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Strategy starts with understanding our interests and the objectives that flow from those interests.  In the Middle East, our interests have evolved but perhaps less than many may think.  After the Second World War, when the US assumed more global responsibilities, Democratic and Republican Presidents saw the Middle East as vital to our interests because of its oil and geo-strategic centrality.  The unimpeded flow of its oil was necessary for global economic health and for the reconstruction of Europe—which was perceived as an essential national security priority. 

Featured Analysis

“Going Short” in the Middle East

by Samuel Helfontvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In finance, “going short” is a way to make money on stocks that lose value. Nassim Taleb, the author of The Black Swan, reportedly used this tactic to make millions during financial crises. He did not know exactly when or why the markets would crash, but he knew they eventually would. Then he cashed in.  In many ways, going short is the opposite of traditional investment. In traditional investments one bets on success. In going short, one bets on failure. For over a decade, the United States has been trying to find a way to declare victory in the Middle East so that it can leave.

Analysis and Commentary

University Admissions Scandal Is A Dog-Bites-Man Story

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, March 25, 2019

The revelations that parents of applicants to tony universities bribed university officials to engineer their children’s admission have provoked the usual complaints of class privilege corrupting higher education’s meritocratic system and lofty mission. But those horses left the university barn decades ago. The real issue deserving of exposure and condemnation is the role of the federal government in demanding and encouraging this corruption.

In the News

AIPAC’s Washington Conference Will Reflect American Support For Israel

quoting George P. Shultzvia Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (Israel)
Monday, March 25, 2019
The AIPAC Policy Conference opened in Washington on March 24, 2019, and the critical analyses and even editorial autopsies are describing the organization’s diminished influence, claiming that it parallels the drop in Israel’s popularity among Americans.
Analysis and Commentary

Truly Taking Back Control

by Raghuram Rajanvia Project Syndicate
Monday, March 25, 2019

When people are more able to shape their own futures, they are less likely to be convinced that others are to blame for their plight. To the extent that it weakens support for virulent nationalism, devolution of global governance to national and local communities may make the world a little more prosperous – and a lot safer.

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The Economic Consequences Of Global Uncertainty

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Monday, March 25, 2019

With new sources of uncertainty seemingly proliferating by the day, a broad economic slowdown should come as no surprise. And as long as the rules and institutions governing the global economy remain in doubt, continued underperformance is to be expected.

Analysis and Commentary

The Ironies Of Mueller’s Endgame

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Monday, March 25, 2019

For nearly two years, President Trump’s critics placed immense weight on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of allegations that Candidate Trump colluded with Russia before the 2016 election, and that President Trump obstructed justice after his 2017 inauguration. So, in the immediate aftermath of Mueller’s investigation and Attorney General Barr’s brief summary to Congress, it is more than a little ironic to find President Trump’s critics now downplaying Mueller’s conclusions that there is no evidence that Trump colluded, and insufficient evidence that Trump obstructed justice.

Analysis and Commentary

Truly Taking Back Control

by Michael Spence
Monday, March 25, 2019

When people are more able to shape their own futures, they are less likely to be convinced that others are to blame for their plight. To the extent that it weakens support for virulent nationalism, devolution of global governance to national and local communities may make the world a little more...

Analysis and Commentary

The Economic Consequences of Global Uncertainty

by Michael Spence
Monday, March 25, 2019

With new sources of uncertainty seemingly proliferating by the day, a broad economic slowdown should come as no surprise. And as long as the rules and institutions governing the global economy remain in doubt, continued underperformance is to be expected.

In the News

‘Shame’: Victor Davis Hanson Delivers Scathing Indictment Of Failed ‘Coup’

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Nation and State
Monday, March 25, 2019

‘Shame’: Victor Davis Hanson delivers scathing indictment of failed ‘coup’ By World Tribune on February 20, 2019 The first “coup” in U.S. history in which government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president has failed, a columnist noted.

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