Saturday Readings

Relations Between Turkey And Egypt Disintegrating
Turkey moved to declare Egypt’s envoy to Ankara persona non grata and Egypt responded in kind by  asking the Turkish ambassador to leave the country. “The people and government of Egypt appreciate the people of Turkey. However, they hold the Turkish government responsible for taking ties between the two nations so far [that] such procedures have to be taken,” read a statement from Egypt’s foreign ministry.

The newest diplomatic battle – as is common in the Middle East – has its roots in comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan condemning an August 14 crackdown by Egyptian security forces on supporters of Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi. Egypt interpreted the remarks as interfering with its internal affairs.

The breakdown in talks comes as Lebanon celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence.

Two Views Of China – Both Are Wrong, Columnist Argues
Eric X. Li argues in an article on YaleGlobal Online that for decades two political thoughts have dominated thinking toward China. The first is “imminent collapse,” which contends that China’s dependence on a one-party political system eventually would collapse under its own weight. The other is the “peaceful evolution,” which promoted the idea that eventually modernization of their economy would lead to the Chinese accepting capitalism and democracy. Both, he says, are wrong.

The Era Of The Grand Strategy In Foreign Policy Is Over
Hoover Institution scholar Amy Zegart believes the pursuit of a “grand strategy” is without merit in a post-9/11 world. She makes the case that a successful grand strategy depends on “knowing the number and identities” of our key adversaries, and, equally important, what they want, how they operate, and what damage they can inflict.

“From the earliest days of the Cold War, American leaders knew full well that there would be only one principal adversary. They knew exactly who it was, where it was, and had pretty good ideas about Soviet interests and ideas. They also knew the threat to American lives and interests was existential. The number and targets of Soviet nuclear missiles left little doubt. The post-9/11 threat environment is vastly different. Today, the number, identity, and magnitude of dangers threatening American interests are all wildly uncertain,” writes Zegart.

Is Freedom’s Birthplace Really Britain?
Daniel Hannan believes it is and promotes the idea that the freedom revolution was born in Britain and that it is time for a return to those roots.

“Three hundred and twenty-five years, almost to the day, after the Glorious Revolution, the time has come to strengthen the Bill of Rights. We don’t need a new dispensation. We just need to update the 1689 legislation. I have a properly Burkeian respect for long-established laws — and, indeed, a properly Burkeian reverence for the Bill of Rights (‘that ancient constitution of government which is our only security for law and liberty’, he called it). But Edmund Burke himself would surely nowadays hold that the Bill of Rights has too much to say about keeping Catholics out of power, and too little about personal freedom,” says Hannan in The Spectator.

Saudi Arabia Airs Concerns About American Retreat
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Saudi royal Prince Alwaleed bin Talal discusses American foreign policy in Syria, US domestic politics and Iran.


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