Sunday Selections

Foreign Policy Is Not A Effective Tool To Gain Leverage
The Atlantic’s David Rohde argues that foreign aid is an ineffective policy tool if the goal is to gain influence with the leadership of other nations. He argues Pakistan disproves the argument made by legislators and policymakers that continuing to deliver aid to Egypt is necessary to have an impact.

“One of the lessons from the last decade in Pakistan is that money might buy American officials a seat at the table. But Pakistani generals — or Egyptian generals — will not necessarily listen.

“And they will definitely blame their problems on us. For the last decade in Pakistan, military officials have used pro-military media outlets to spread a message that an all-powerful United States is behind the country’s ills. Some of the same patterns are emerging in Egypt. Pro-military Egyptian media blame the United States for the country’s problems,” he writes.

The Think Tank Behind Iran’s New Leader
Andrew Detsch profiles the Center for Strategic Research, the Tehran-based think tank at which Iran’s new leader directed for several years and that will surely continue to influence the direction of Hassan Rouhani’s regime.

“The center’s defense of the [President Rafsanjani’s] liberal economic policy and semi-authoritarian politics drew Rouhani into conflict with many deputies in the radical majority of the Majles. It would not be the last time the organization would confront more the radical factions in the regime. But with reformists in charge, CSR fast became Iran’s most important think tank, an ‘attractive place’ for academics and intellectuals to hold open-ended discussions on economic, security, and cultural affairs,” says former CSR staffer and director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies Dr. Kayhan Barzegar.

Number Of Chinese Students Going Abroad Is Rising
With greater awareness of educational opportunities and the financial ability to pursue those opportunities, Chinese parents are choosing to send their children abroad and at younger ages.

According to the Center for China and Globalization, a non-profit think tank, in 2010, nearly 20 percent of all Chinese overseas students held an academic certificate below the high school level. But in 2011, the figure had risen to 22.6 percent, writes Wang Zhuoqiong in China Daily.

Is It The Dawn Of A New Nuclear (Power) Age?
Keith Parker, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, sees the France’s embrace of nuclear power as a harbinger of things to come.

“France has proved a large scale energy transition can be achieved. In response  to the 1970s oil crisis, France built an entire nuclear fleet in a decade, and  today has a carbon intensity of around 70gCO2/kwh. With 59 operating nuclear  reactors, France is the world’s largest electricity exporter, much of it to its  anti-nuclear neighbor, Germany,” Parker maintains.

Book Review: Sheila Miyoshi Jager, “Brothers at War”
Johns Hopkins University professor of strategic studies Eliot Cohen says the new book on the Korean conflict “does an exceptionally good job of bringing the conflict to life, and in ways not always comfortable for today’s reader. She rightly spends half of this large volume on the Korean War itself and the other half on its echoes and consequences down to the present day. And, as she reminds us, the war isn’t quite done yet.”









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