TODAY IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE Broadcast Archive

#59 – Loose Lips Can Sink Peace
#58 – The Coming Old New Order

#57 – China’s COVID Crisis
#56 – Revisiting the Pegasus Scandal
#55 – War and the Environment
#54 – Crimes of War
#53 – Big Oil and the War
#52 – Even This War Must End, But How?
#51 – A US-China Engagement Moment
#50 – Thinking About the Unthinkable in Ukraine
#49 – Putin’s War
#48 – CBMs in the Ukraine Crisis
#47 – China’s Dance Around the Ukraine Crisis
#46 – North Korea Between the US and China
#45 – Russia’s Next Move, and Ours
#44 -How to Avoid War Over Ukraine
#43 – The Popular Protests in Kazakhstan

#42 – Destroying Democracy: China in Hong Kong

#41 – Biden’s BBB Takes a Major Hit

#40 – Downhill from the Summit for Democracy
#39 – Putin’s Democracy Problem: Human Rights and Ukraine (December 14, 2021)
#38 – Cobalt War (December 7, 2021)
#37 – Beyond the Biden-Xi Summit: Finding Common Ground with China (November 23, 2021)
#36 – Glasgow Games (November 16, 2021)
#35 – Israel’s New Leaders Offer Nothing New to Palestinians (November 9, 2021)
#34 – Dim Prospects for Climate Mitigation (November 2, 2021)
#33 – China’s Coal, Russia’s Gas, and False Promises on Climate Change (October 26, 2021)
#32 – Gravy Train: Corporate Profiteering on National Defense (October 19, 2021)
#31 – Donald J. Trump: Traitor (October 12, 2021)
#30 – THE ABOUT-FACE IN CHINA-AUSTRALIA RELATIONS (October 5, 2021)
#29 – WHAT DO THE LATEST NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TESTS MEAN? (September 28, 2021)
#28 – THE TALIBAN, CHINA, AND THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN AFGHANISTAN (September 21, 2021)

THE ARCHIVE

#1 – Human Rights in Three Countries (March 2, 2021)
#2 -BIDEN’S CHINA POLICY (MARCH 9, 2021)
#3 – CHINA’S GENOCIDE (March 16, 2021)
#4 – US-RUSSIA RELATIONS and the NAVALNY CASE (March 23, 2021)
#5 – US-CHINA DIALOGUE OF THE DEAF IN ALASKA (March 30, 2021)
#6 – BLOODBATH IN MYANMAR (April 6, 2021)
#7 – SAVING PLANET EARTH (April 13, 2021)
#8 – WHAT TO DO ABOUT NORTH KOREA’S NUKES (April 20, 2021)

#9 – PRESERVING THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL (May 4, 2021)

#10 – THE CONTINUING NUCLEAR PERIL (May 11, 2021)
#11 – BACK TO BASICS ON ISRAEL POLICY (May 18, 2021)
#12 – ON GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP (May 25, 2021)

#13 – AVOIDING A US-CHINA WAR OVER TAIWAN (June 1, 2021)

#14 – SAVING DEMOCRACY (June 8, 2021)
#15 – THE UNTOUCHABLE PENTAGON BUDGET (June 15, 2021)
#16 – THE BIDEN-PUTIN SUMMIT (June 29, 2021)

#17 – INFLUENCE PEDDLING: A PROBLEM FOR PROGRESSIVE POLICYMAKING (July 6, 2021)
#18 – PRESIDENTIAL PREROGATIVES (July 13, 2021)
#19 – INTERVENTION IN HAITI? (July 20, 2021)

#20 – BIDEN’S INCONSISTENT MIDDLE EAST POLICY (July 27, 2021)

#21 – The US IN YEMEN; PUTTING A DISREPUTABLE POLICY RIGHT (August 3, 2021)
#22 – PEGASUS AND THE GLOBAL SURVEILLANCE BUSINESS (August 10, 2021)
#23 – GAME OF THIEVES IN THE AMAZON (August 17, 2021)
#24 – THE AFGHANISTAN DEBACLE (August 24, 2021)
#25 – AFTER AFGHANISTAN: WILL US MILITARY POWER WANE? (AUGUST 31, 2021)

#26 – BAD CALLS ON AFGHANISTAN (September 7, 2021)

#27 – THE CHINA INITIATIVE (September 14, 2021)

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5 Comments

  1. What about the Philippines, Israel and India? As you are talking about extremely knotty moral questions for which I have never been able to come up with an answer, I await your take. On the countries you do discuss, is the U.N. a viable entity now to handle such incredibly horrible and complicated dilemmas?

    KK PS Do you think Modi is an unabashed Muslim racist? Has he done anything good for the country?

    1. Thanks, Karen. The human rights violations of US “friends” are rarely criticized, but they sure ought to be–Philippines for Duterte’s war on drugs without a semblance of due process; Israel for its occupation and forced resettlement of Palestinians; and Modi for being (you called it) a Muslim racist. (On Modi’s policy toward non-Hindus, see my Post #254.) I suppose his supporters will say he has promoted a hi-tech society in India, but he’s no democrat. As for the UN, we must always remember it’s not a world government, just a collection of governments anxious to preserve their sovereignty and avoid outside interference in their affairs. So UN action is typically limited to human rights covenants, peacekeeping actions, and occasional expressions of concern–e.g., over China’s treatment of Uyghurs. But it can only intervene directly when the Big Five permanent members of the Security Council are in accord. Notice, just today, the military’s declaration of martial law in Myanmar and the killings and torture now being reported. Any UN action would be subject to China’s veto, which would put the kabosh on intervention.

  2. Well said on China! I like your term “competitive coexistence” — I will spread that to my students giving you full credit of course. James Griffiths, in his book “The Great Firewall of China” (Zed Books, 2019), talks at length about China’s cyber attacks on the Tibetan exile community and use of cyber techniques to crush any semblance of a Uighur organized resistance in China. I fear the Uighurs are left alone in their plight. The sophistication and ubiquity of China’s cyber interference globally is something rarely grasped by those less familiar with cyber technology, but the Communist Party is deftly leveraging tech to support their policies at home and abroad. Hedley Bull felt that technology was a fairly unimportant aspect of state behavior, but he was wrong. The ease of use and reach of internet IP technology has made states interfere abroad with a breadth of effect they only dreamed of in the past. In today’s internet age, any miscalculation by China or the US could have dire consequences without a shot being fired and that is why, in my mind, a balanced and sober approach to China is so important for US policymakers.
    Cheers on your new radio gig! Florence is lucky to have you.

  3. Mel: many thanks for digging down on lobbying fund flows…. We need to stay current on the fundamentals of our vaunted processes…. Its a privilege for us on the Coast to be able to turn to KXCR 90.7 as a forum for your thoughts.

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