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Institutions And Competition

28 july
2016
Eric Ehrmann

Brexistentialism for useful innocents

The European Union (EU) has evolved into an engine for global growth and a burgeoning military power, working closely with NATO. But differences among members, exacerbated by the global economic meltdown of 2007, over economic and trade issues, immigration, and mediating extremism, have fomented what some western media asset s and "thought leaders" are describing as Europe's "existential crisis."

 Is it ?

20 june
2016
Eric Ehrmann

Regime change diplomacy. Washington and Russian “adventurism” in Brazil

A major component of the Cold War 2.0 political-psychological scenario being actively monetized by Washington in diplomatic circles and on social media is the old concept of “Soviet adventurism.” 

Branded as “realignment”, the outgoing Obama administration also seeks to reassert United States hegemony in Brazil, known during the Cold War as “Uncle Sam’s backyard.” 

Because Brazil and Russia have strategic relationships in the areas of food security, energy security and the overarching BRICS alliance official Washington views such posturing as the right thing to do.

12 march
2016
Eric Ehrmann

Ban Ki-Moon and the charade of transparency

Outgoing secretary general Ban Ki-Moon is providing the UN with a legacy of transparency and social inclusion that may help it stay relevant among future generations hooked onFacebook, Twitter and the English language.

 
But some diplomats and opinion writers are buzzing up the meme that the institution is failing in its mission to mediate a redoubtable agenda of international conflicts whose players and playing fields change on a daily basis
 

 

 

23 january
2016
Eric Ehrmann

The smog of war

The Paris climate deal known as COP 21 calls for major powers to transfer trillions of dollars to a tenuous project that manufactures fresh hope that man can curb pollution and cool the planet. Meanwhile,mediating conflicts driven by enegy security, extremism and genocides that are killing and displacing millions are struggling to obtain funds .

 

23 december
2015
Eric Ehrmann

Mystery Train... should Russia bankroll Brazil's railroads

Brazil has been seeking Russian capital to invest in modernizing its rail infrastructure for two years now. and a delegation from Russia discussed the matter with senior Brazilian officials in Brasilia on December 15th.

Although railroads can transport more tonnage more efficiently, trucks and highways bring in more money in taxes, and user feesand promote the job creation that help keep the Worker's Party government afloat.

14 november
2015
Eric Ehrmann

The Syrian Refugee Crisis. Can Brazil really afford to take 50,000 syrian refugees?

Most participants at the G-20 summit in Turkey that starts Sunday November 15th view the Syrian refugee crisis as an outlier among the challenges testing the economic stability of the Euro zone.

But in Brazil—10.000-- km from Syria, the government of president Dilma Rousseff, who is a child of immigrant parents, is offering asylum to Syrian refugees as a humanitarian act.

16 october
2015
Eric Ehrmann

Brazil's army sends a message

The chief-of-staff of Brazil's army recently warned Brazilian media that the nation's political and economic crisis risks escalating into a social one that could require the intervention of the army- as per Brazil's constitution- to protect the fatherland.

17 september
2015
Eric Ehrmann

BRICS- Why is Brazil's Lula helping Argentina crash the party?

Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva just spent several days on a junket to Buenos Aires where he proposed that Argentina be granted membership in the BRICS and endorsed president Cristina Kirchner's candidate in the presidential elections next month.

That he wasn't in Brazil helping his hand-picked successor president Dilma Rousseff survive threats to destabilize her government speaks volumes about whether Dilma can stay the course and Lula's objections to her neoconservative economic policies.

10 june
2015
Eric Ehrmann

Brinkmanship for useful idiots

U.S. president Barack Obama's attack on the character of Russian president Vladimir Putin, designed to push NATO closer to the brink of war over the Ukraine crisis may have been scripted from a secret Pentagon study that was leaked recently by CBS News

 

But Washington's effort to build support for defending NATO-friendly Ukraine is viewed with skepticism by more than 50 percent of those in other NATO nations, notably France, Germany and Italy, surveyed by the seemingly non-partisan U.S.-based Pew Charitable Trust.

 

08 may
2015
Eric Ehrmann

BRICS and food security

With major powers and developing economies reluctant to realign and settle their differences efforts by nation-states to control the planet's food and water resources are increasing. But while diplomats and experts package “food security” in a humanitarian wrapper it remains subordinate on the power curve to the defense driven economy and the expensive weapons and electronic intelligence programs associated with it. Against this backdrop the BRICS now seek to become players in the global food security game.    

04 april
2015
Eric Ehrmann

Sports Diplomacy. Can Sepp Blatter bring unity to a fractious FIFA?

After being told by Henry Kissinger that it was time to “modernize” FIFA president Sepp Blatter has turned football into a money machine that is expanding in Africa the Middle East and Asia, and maintaining a profitable scenario for marketing partners in a troubled global economy. 

But Blatter, unwittingly, has made himself a target for those who are using public diplomacy assets to play the “ethics card” in an effort to link geopolitical issues with football and disrupt FIFA's business model, which they claim remains a cesspool of corruption and bribery.