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Would The World Be More Peaceful If There Were More Women Leaders?

The fear of appearing weak affects modern women leaders too, according to Caprioli, perhaps causing them to over-compensate on issues of security and defence. She notes that women who emulate men, such as Thatcher, Meir and India’s prime minister Indira Gandhi – who claimed to be a ‘biform human being’, neither man nor woman – are more likely to succeed as political leaders. They must also contend with negative stereotypes from male opponents…

Read Here – Aeon

In Xi Jinping, Echoes of Reagan

With the world looking to China for assurance that it can manage its slowing economy and tumultuous stock market, President Xi Jinping has begun pushing a remedy that sounds less like Marx and Mao than Reagan and Thatcher.

Read Here – The Boston Globe

Has The West Gone Soft?

There is none of the passion, none of the moral sense that inspired foreign policy in the time of former British premier Margaret Thatcher and former US president Ronald Reagan.

Read Here – Gulf News

Rediscovering Asia

After a period of distraction, the U.S. reaffirms by word and deed its interest in Asia.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Kissinger: The 20th Century’s Greatest 19th-Century Statesman?

When policy makers disparage Kissinger in private, they tend to do so in a manner that reveals how much they measure themselves against him. The former secretary of state turns 90 this month. To mark his legacy, we need to begin in the 19th century.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Margaret Thatcher’s Lessons for Europe

Margaret Thatcher was much more respected outside Britain than she was in her own country. In the United States, but also in Central Europe, she is recognized as a hero, especially in the fight for economic and political freedom. That vision of freedom and dynamism was never really all that popular – or understood – by the British people. In the end, Thatcher’s achievement was also distorted by her own mistakes in dealing with the complex politics of a Europe that was rapidly changing in the aftermath of the collapse of communism.
Read Here – Project Syndicate

The Iron Lady Is No More

Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady“, was a towering figure in British 20th century politics, a grocer‘s daughter with a steely resolve who was loved and loathed in equal measure as she crushed the unions and privatized large swathes of industry.

She died on Monday, aged 87, after suffering a stroke. During her life in politics some worshipped her as a modernizer who transformed the country, others bitterly accused her of entrenching the divide between the rich and the poor.

Read here – Reuters

David Cameron May Have Finished Off The Tories – But He Had No Choice

All Conservative leaders since Margaret Thatcher have faced one central problem: how to prevent the party splitting wide apart over Europe. This was the difficulty that pulverised John Major, caused William Hague to go bald, propelled Iain Duncan Smith to the party leadership, and then got him sacked a short time later.

Until yesterday, David Cameron’s policy was both sensible and wise: to let sleeping dogs lie. He took heed of Mr Hague’s advice that shifting position on Europe was like moving an unexploded bomb, liable to go off at any moment, across a crowded room. Much better to leave alone. No wonder that the Prime Minister delayed any action for so long, and carried it out with such reluctance.

Read Here – The Telegraph

Is India Doing Enough to Charm The Market?

MARGARET THATCHER said that you cannot buck the market. But if the experience of India’s government over the last few months is anything to go by, you can charm the pants off it. My e-mail inbox is overflowing with missives from the finance ministry that promise a bounce in the economy, assert a step change in investor sentiment, deny there is a bad debt problem in the banking system and promise a stable tax regime.

That love bomb is a huge change compared with 2011 and the first half of 2012, when the ministry nearly prompted a financial crisis by imposing retrospective taxes on foreign companies, terrifying equity investors with confusing rules and missing its borrowing forecasts. Everything changed in September when the government, led by a new finance minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram (pictured), proposed a mini-package of reforms. Since then he has been a one man source of animal spirits—expressing optimism even while conditions on the ground remain somewhat depressed.

Read Here – The Economist

The Asian Century Crumbles

East Asia has witnessed the recent ascent of conservative leadership amid territorial tensions – signaling not a futuristic vision for international harmony but a return to past rivalries.

China‘s new leader Xi Jinping has already vowed to strengthen its military, creating what U.S. Admiral Michael McDevitt identifies as a “security dilemma” in Asia. While China understandably wants to its combat readiness and project its naval power outward, doing so increases the insecurity of its neighbors.

Meanwhile, South Korea recently elected conservative Park Guen-hye, the daughter of Korea’s powerful former dictator who has promised to be a strong leader in the style of Margaret Thatcher. Japan‘s December election gave a landslide victory to the Liberal Democratic Party and conservative Shinzo Abe – partly based on the expectation that the party would deliver a more muscular and less conciliatory foreign policy in response to friction with China and other neighbors over disputed territories.

Read Here – Huffington Post

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