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Review: ‘Winter is Coming’, by Garry Kasparov
NOVEMBER 8, 2015 | FT | Review by John Thornhill

‘Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped’, by Garry Kasparov, Atlantic Books, £16.99; Public Affairs, $26.99

"The price of deterrence always goes up"

the real power of Kasparov’s book lies in his argument that the west must pursue a more assertive and moral foreign policy, something that has faded out of fashion. In his view, the most moral foreign policy is also the most effective. It enhances international security by insisting on observance of law....one of the most important aspects of any moral foreign policy is its consistency. Western leaders should keep talking about human rights issues in good times as well as bad. Otherwise, these issues become just another chip on the “geopolitical gaming table”. Those leaders should also insist on raising these subjects with strong autocracies, such as China, as well as the weak.

in Kasparov’s view, US President Bill Clinton squandered the chance to advance the international human rights agenda in the 1990s, as the west took a holiday from history. And today the west is too “uninformed, callous, or apathetic” to assert its influence and values.

He, rightly, argues that one of the most important aspects of any moral foreign policy is its consistency. Western leaders should keep talking about human rights issues in good times as well as bad. Otherwise, these issues become just another chip on the “geopolitical gaming table”. Those leaders should also insist on raising these subjects with strong autocracies, such as China, as well as the weak.
books  Russia  Vladimir_Putin  book_reviews  authors  writers  dictators  dictatorships  deterrence  dissension  Ukraine  human_rights  strategic_thinking  autocracies  chess  authoritarianism  foreign_policy  geopolitics  liberal_pluralism  rogue_actors  Garry_Kasparov  consistency  exile 
january 2017 by jerryking
Freed Russian oligarch leaves a wrecked country behind
Dec. 20 2013 | The Globe and Mail | CARL MORTISHED.
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oligarchs  Russian  Mikhail_Khodorkovsky  exile 
december 2013 by jerryking
Digital Domain - What Apple’s Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness - NYTimes.com
October 2, 2010 | New York Times | By RANDALL STROSS. The
Steve Jobs of the mid-1980s probably never could have made Apple what it
is today if he hadn’t embarked on a torment-filled business odyssey
beginning in 1985...The Steve Jobs who returned to Apple was a much more
capable leader — precisely because he had been badly banged up. He had
spent 12 tumultuous, painful years failing to find a way to make the new
company profitable. Jobs learned to delegate,stopped believing the
idea that computing in the future would resemble computing in the past,
and learned the necessity of retaining great talent. “He’s the same
Steve in his passion for excellence, but a new Steve in his
understanding of how to empower a large company to realize his vision.”
It took 12 dispiriting years, much bruising, and perspective gained
from exile. If Jobs had instead stayed at Apple, the transformation of
Apple Computer into today’s far larger Apple Inc. might never have
happened.
adversity  Apple  exile  large_companies  leaders  lessons_learned  scar_tissue  self-awareness  soul-sapping  Steve_Jobs  wilderness 
october 2010 by jerryking
Op-Ed Contributors - Our True North - NYTimes.com
June 30, 2009 | New York Times | Today, on Canada Day, 11
Canadians living in the United States share what they miss most about
home.
Canada  exile  Diaspora  expatriates  crossborder 
july 2009 by jerryking

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