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Why the Developing World Started Gaining On The West

During the past three decades, there has been a momentous change in the global economy. One of the most troubling and puzzling features — the failure of poor countries to catch up to developed countries — has seemingly been overturned.

Read Here – Bloomberg View

The Obama Doctrine

Courtesy: White House website official photo

Courtesy: White House website official photo

George W. Bush was also a gambler, not a bluffer. He will be remembered harshly for the things he did in the Middle East. Barack Obama is gambling that he will be judged well for the things he didn’t do.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Obama’s Middle East Balancing Act Tilts Toward Iran


Official Photo from the White House website

Official Photo from the White House website

As the cold war between Iran and Saudi Arabia heats up, the Barack Obama administration is trying to straddle the fence and not take sides, but its actions tell a different story — they all seem to favor Tehran.

Read Here – Bloomberg

How the British Royal Family Became A Global Brand

It is hard to imagine, say, the monarchs of Saudi Arabia, Thailand, or Norway as global brands in quite the same way. And while the successful branding of the British royal family is partially a product of Britain’s historic role in the world, it also has causes closer to home—in the evolving relationship between British royals and their subjects.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Iran: A Done Deal

The riskiest gamble of the Obama Presidency, the nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, was basically won today. A rancorous congressional debate is still to come, but thirty-four senators have now vowed to support the deal, effectively blocking efforts on the Hill to eventually kill it. The diplomacy will almost certainly be the centerpiece of Obama’s foreign-policy legacy.

Read Here – The New Yorker

The Long Shadow Of The Long March

Although Mao and Marx have been replaced in many ways by modernization, the great helmsman is still at the center of China.

Read Here – The Euroepan

A Workable Legacy For Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama has a good chance of making peace with Iran and lave behind an enduring foreign policy legacy just as one of his predecessors, Richard Nixon, opened the doors to China. Obama could learn from Nixon the art of perseverance and tenacity in developing better relations with an old foe. But let’s also remember that the world Nixon lived in was very different than the one Obama presides upon.

Read More – Aljazeera

Obama speaking with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Obama’s Chance For a Legacy

President Barack Obama devoted just one sentence in last week’s State of the Union address to call for a new transatlantic trade and investment deal. However, if negotiated with sufficient ambition and presidential engagement, it is Obama’s best chance yet at leaving a positive foreign policy legacy.

The other global issues Obama catalogued in his speech were largely about avoiding the worst: North Korea, cyber threats, Iran, Syria and other Middle Eastern upheavals.  Achieving what Obama called “a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,” however, has all the makings of grand strategy.

Read Here – Reuters

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