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Frequent protests by veterans alarm China’s authorities - Friendly fire
r Diamant argues, little will change. China has no state-sanctioned veterans’ club of the type provided for unions, homeowners and other such interest groups. The new minister is not a veteran, either. Mr Diamant thinks the hotch-potch of benefits may suit the authorities, since their priority is to prevent veterans forming a united front. The party could be gambling that half-measures can muffle dissent for a few more years. By then the mo
veterans  military  china  TheEconomist  freespeech  spending 
3 days ago
What if the Aircraft Carrier Had Never Been Invented? | The National Interest
far the technology could have been pushed, most American punitive bombing expeditions over the past few decades would have been cruise missile barrages, rather like the Bush-Clinton raids of the 1990s. Sometimes those have refocused local potentates’ attention, but they have lacked sustainability. From the sea, that’s what fixed-wing carriers bring. When ISIS was threatening Baghdad last year, and the Iraqi government dawdled in approving American requests for local basing again, a single supercarrier ran the air war. Without American carriers comfortably offshore, Arab allies might have to decid
military  aircraftcarrier  history  weapons  navy  strategy  ww2  VietnamWar  argentina  NationalInterest  logistics 
7 days ago
Ukraine’s New Front Is Europe’s Big Challenge – Foreign Policy
calation in economic pressure on Ukraine. Russia has introduced all manner of sanctions on Ukraine before. But now it is not just a question of restricting Ukrainian exports to Russia, but a concerted effort to harm Ukrainian trade with Europe and the Middle East. This is no small matter because Ukraine exports more to Arab countries than to Russia. Effectively sealing the Kerch Strait is like Denm
Ukraine  russia  RussianCrimeaAnnexation  navy  military  sanctions  foreignpolicy  FP  europe  trade  infrastructure  spending  foreignaid 
14 days ago
US hits out at Russia over capture of Ukrainian ships | Financial Times
a’s naval forces were provoked and only captured the Ukrainian ships after they illegally entered its territorial waters near a maritime chokepoint shared by both countries. It warned Kiev and its western partners against inciting further tension.

“We would like to warn the Ukrainian side that the line pursued by Kiev in co-ordination with the US and the EU to provoke a conflict with Russia in the waters of the Azov and Black seas is fraught with serious consequences,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. “The Russian Federation will firmly stop any encroachment on its sovereignty and security.”

Ms Haley was speaking at an emergency meeting called by Russia to discuss the incident. A motion proposed by Moscow to condemn territorial violations by the Ukrainian ships was voted down in the Security Council debate, with China joining Russia in voting in favour.

Mr Poroshenko, who commands a majority in parliament, has rebuffed claims by opposition politicians that martial law could affect presidential elections scheduled for March, where polls suggest he is unlikely to win another term in office.

To dispel such concerns, parliament late on Monday voted to reaffirm that presidential elections would take place on schedule.
russia  ukrain  navy  ft  nato  europe  DonaldTrump 
15 days ago
Teaching Public Policy - The American Interest
Teaching Public Policy
Local context is all too often lacking in the prevailing economics-centered approach to public policy education.

In my previous post, I noted how public policy education needs to shift its focus from training policy analysts to training leaders who are capable of actually implementing good policies. In our experimentation both at my Center’s Leadership Academy for Development and in the new Stanford Masters in International Policy, case teaching has become an integral part of the approach.

Among the many problems with the current economics-centered approach to public policy education is the lack of appreciation for local context. Modern economics aspires to be context-free: it seeks universal rules of human behavior that can be mathematized in abstract models. Local context—what makes outcomes different in, say, East Asia as opposed to sub-Saharan Africa or Eastern Europe—is reduced to country fixed effects or an error term in the model specification. Yet understanding context, meaning the history, culture, politics, stakeholders, norms and institutions of particular times and places, is the sine qua non of successful policy problem-solving.

This is where case teaching comes in. A well-written case plunges the reader directly into a very specific context. If they%2
education  policy  NationalInterest  foreignpolicy  economics 
15 days ago
Slow Down, Emmanuel Macron! – Foreign Policy
e is no clear road back to a 60 percent approval rating. If one exists, however, it will be a road in reverse. He must reverse the perception of Macron the monarch, reverse the perception of “president of the rich,” and reverse the perception that jobs of the future matter more than the jobs of today. But such a charm offen
france  government  future  fp 
28 days ago
The Supreme Court: should we abolish it? - Vox
rfectly reasonable to ask if we should abolish the Supreme Court, or at the very least strip the Court of its ability to overturn laws that it rules unconstitutional. If the Court is no longer a neutral arbiter of the law, if it’s gradually shape-shifting into a partisan weapon, then maybe it’s time to rethink its role in our constitutional system.

I reached out to Mark Tushnet, a law professor at Harvard University, to talk about the case for abolishing
vox  supremecourt  government  law  left 
28 days ago
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