Europe Needs A Collective Security Strategy
Joschka Fischer, Germany’s Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, cautions that modern Europe will bear the consequences if a strategic response to security threats is not devised.
“Europeans are living in a neighborhood that has become increasingly uncertain – a development that calls for the sort of strategic responses that no single European state can provide by itself. Further deepening of EU integration and reinvigoration of the common foreign and security policy dialogue are thus the order of the day.
“Unfortunately, a century after modern power politics unleashed a war that killed more than ten million of their forebears, many EU Europeans remain reluctant to prepare for the gathering storm,” he writes.
Noah Smith argues that the really big problems facing society are not the physical ones, but problems dealing with quality of life and the answer to those problems could be in Silicon Valley.
“I believe that the advent of social technology is a huge step toward solving the really big, really tough problems of humanity. The ability to connect with old friends and meet romantic partners late in life isn’t as spectacular as the ability to fly to Mars, but if you think about it, Mars is just a ball of rock and ice.
Odds Are In Africa’s Favor
Michael Gerson, a former Bush administration official who has traveled to Africa extensively, writes in The Washington Post that Africa is much more than a brand, that is more than poverty and disease.
It is, he notes, a diverse continent that includes both Ebola hot zones and six of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world. And while there are war-ravaged nations, such as Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, there are nations striving to become democracies – Ghana, Senegal and Namibia among them.
“It will remain necessary, in the near to medium term, for the United States, Europe and other donor countries to supply for institutional deficiencies and limited resources in parts of Africa while encouraging the creation of institutional capability,” Gerson says.
Australia Unveils New And Aggressive Anti-Terror Laws
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has proposed several counter-terrorism measures that include stronger powers for authorities to detain and question jihadists who engaged in fighting overseas and more controversial data retention methods.
“If we have militarised and radicalised people coming back to our country, it’s very important that we have the measures in place to keep our community safe,” said Abbott in defending the new policies in an interview with The Australian .
Abbott estimates that there were as many as 150 Australians who had joined the fighting in Iraq and Syria who may now face having their passports revoked.