Saturday Readings

What Keeps A Former NATO Commander Up At Night?
For four years, Adm. James Stavridis served as supreme allied commander at NATO, but with the myriad of threats facing global leaders today, there is one thing that disturbs his sleep – convergence.

“Convergence may be thought of as the dark side of globalization. It is the merger of a wide variety of mobile human activities, each of which is individually dangerous and whose sum represents a far greater threat,” he writes.

The problem, he suggests, is that too often nations focus on single-point threats, whereas what the US and the international community “must recognize the threat this kind of deviant globalization poses. Convergence of these mobile illicit activities can rapidly undermine global security norms.”

Diplomatic Chess Games Being Played In Syria
Time Magazine‘s Karl Vick attempts to decode some of the diplomatic chess games being played by world powers in the Syrian conflict. While the refusal of members of the Syrian opposition to attend the US-Russia conference, Vick asserts that “diplomacy is running full bore in the  Syrian conflict, and even as horrors multiply on the battlefield, a good portion of the war is also being  carried out in words.”

SARS-like Virus Is Concern For Global Health Officials
Dr. Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization recently expressed her worry about a new virus which has emerged in Saudi Arabia.

“My greatest concern right now is the novel coronavirus. We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention,” she told a UN conference in Geneva.

As of May 31, the new SARS-like coronavirus has claimed 30 lives worldwide, Reuters reports.

The Iranian Elections From An Exile’s Perspective
Sohab Ahmari sits down with Iranian exile Mojtaba Vahedi to discuss his nation’s struggle for reform and why Tehran won’t change without
another popular uprising.

Who Is Tom Donilon?
Foreign Policy profiles Thomas Donilon, President Obama’s influential – and controversial – national security advisor.

 

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