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“Militarized aid is ineffective as an ongoing strategy for four reasons: the pressure to spend huge funding quickly, the inability to match human resources with project management demands, the dominance of short-term political goals over longer-term development needs, and the focus of aid on certain groups for tactical gain.”—Michael Young explains why civilians must reclaim stabilization aid in his new Snapshot.
To commemorate the passing of Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, chief architect of the 1995 Dayton peace agreement, and Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Foreign Affairs has made available this selection of writings by and about him from our pages.
This excellent list from Foreign Policy of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 includes TWENTY Foreign Affairs contributors (that we could find at first glance), including Barack Obama, Fareed Zakaria, Hillary Clinton, Clay Shirky, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Madeleine Albright, Hu Shuli, Niall Ferguson, and oh forget it, we’ll just let you read the whole list.
“It is tempting for policymakers to view cyberwarfare as an abstract future threat. After all, the national security establishment understands traditional military threats much better than it does virtual enemies. The problem is that an electronic attack can be large, widespread, and sudden — far beyond the capabilities of conventional predictive models to anticipate.”—Wesley Clark and Peter Levin discuss cybersecurity in their article for the NovDec 2009 issue.
“U.S.-Russia relations have been on the mend for nearly two years. Yet if the Senate rejects New START, it will strengthen Russia’s hard-liners. Cooperation on a full range of strategic issues from Iran to Afghanistan will become harder.”—CFR Fellow Michael Levi, in an Op-Ed piece in USA Today, on why the New START Treaty needs to be ratified.
“You know we just had Thanksgiving, a lot of people are at home with their families – if you can imagine a Wikileaks dump on Thanksgiving dinner, it would show that Aunt Ethel likes her wine a lot, and cousin Harold was caught watching porn in the upstairs guest room, and everyone thinks Frank’s second wife is a spendthrift bimbo – that’s about the level of discussions, and only an adolescent would think that being boldly honest about all those things at dinner would be a contribution to serious discussion. In fact, it just makes everybody uncomfortable and gets in the way of real work.”—Editor Gideon Rose’s take on cablegate. Listen to the full interview from the Brian Lehrer show from this morning.