Thursday Headlines

Think Tank Releases Briefing Book On US Foreign Policy
Throughout the year, the Foreign Policy Initiative conducts briefings and meetings with major foreign policy thinkers, members of both parties in Congress, political candidates and opinion makers to inform them on the most pressing issues facing the US today.

In conjunction with those briefings, they have released a new book, Foreign Policy 2015, which can be viewed here.

“In this new era, the consequences of failure and the risks of retreat would be even greater than before. The challenges we face require 21st century strategies and tactics based on a renewed commitment to American leadership. The United States remains the world’s indispensable nation — indispensable to international peace, security, and stability, and indispensable to safe-guarding and advancing the ideals and principles we hold dear,” says the nonpartisan think tank’s mission statement.

China Takes Issue With US Naval Movements In South China Sea
In a rebuff to China, Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week said the United States military would continue to sail and fly wherever international law permits and that such movements should not be considered provocative.

Carter’s remarks were intended to send a signal of displeasure with China for recent construction in disputed waters in the South China Sea. The Chinese have a different view of US actions and expressed that position in an editorial in The Global Times, a newspaper published by the Chinese government.

“From this perspective, China absolutely must not permit the U.S. side’s warships and planes to behave unscrupulously near islands and reefs reclaimed by China and in skies overhead, and challenge China’s bottom line,” said the editorial, according to Reuters.

China has also denied that construction on the Nansha Islands constitutes a militarization of the South China Seas.

Nobel Laureate Discusses Improvements In Health, Life Expectancy
Angus Deaton, the Princeton professor who just was awarded the Nobel prize in economic sciences, took time to chat with Russ Roberts of EconTalk about his new book examining recent improvements life expectancy and income throughout the developed and undeveloped world. Issues of income inequality, foreign aid, and what richer nations can do for poorer nations also are addressed.


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