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Africa: Obama’s Last Chance

During Barack Obama’s first presidential term, Africa was not among the U.S. foreign policy priorities. In spite of his African roots, America’s first black president, contrary to expectations, focused attention not on Africa but on tackling such ...


Brazil's impending governability crisis

Having reset relations with Washington and wooed business and high tech leaders in New York and Silicon Valley president Dilma Rousseff of Brazil flew home to a 9 percent approval rating and opponents demanding her impeachment. Obama offers praise but no new money President Obama anointing Brazil as a “major world power,” high profile meetings with global economy architects Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger and a massive social media campaign by Dilma's new communications...


Bone of Contention between Silicon Valley and Washington

... donations amounted to $117,000). We do not have any information on monthly contributions in 2014, but according to the above comparison the total amount is to the tune of $500,000. Hi-tech companies have largely contributed to the rapid political rise of Barack Obama. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, computer and internet companies made contributions of about $7.8 million to his 2012 election campaign, more than double the amount raised by his Republican opponent Mitt Romney. The corporations ...


Brinkmanship for useful idiots

... offering a platform for the “leader of the free world” to deliver a personal attack on the character of the “leader of the evil empire.” Social media losing credibility as diplomatic tool According to the Guardian, U.S. president Barack Obama “lambasted” Putin. But it was make-believe. This was not a televised debate or an “on the sidelines” conversation. Effectively, Obama was preaching to the choir that resides in the fantasy land of conversational social ...


"Hillary Is the Worst Option": How Moscow Sees American Politics

Everyone in Moscow tells you that if you want to understand Russia's foreign policy and its view of its place the world, the person you need to talk to is Fyodor Lukyanov. Lukyanov is the chair of Russia's Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, as well as the editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, which are something like the Russian equivalents of America's Council on Foreign Relations and Foreign Affairs — though the Russian versions are considered much closer to the state...


Mandatory Democracy?

The recent speech by US President Barack Obama in Cleveland, Ohio, in which he supported the idea of introducing a system of mandatory voting in America, at least at federal level, made quite a splash in the US media. The thinking behind this proposal is extremely simple – all voters ...


Information as a Factor of U.S. Smart Strategy

Last Tuesday, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union speech [1] which outlined the policies of the U.S. administration for the final quarter of his presidency. The Democrats' devastating defeat in the November 2014 midterm elections has obviously put Mr. Obama in a quandary. With the country entering the presidential election cycle, when both parties will put forward fresh candidates, Mr. Obama, on the one hand, is expected to display political will to try to erase the lame-duck...


All I want for Christmas is... five answers

1. More cohesion in NATO? According to the balance-of-threat assumption the lack of unambiguous threat decreases cohesion of military alliances, whereas the free-rider problem increases in inverse proportion. Even if one doesn't consider the geostrategical mischief of NATO eastward expansion there is nevertheless another problem. It seems to be clear that the Europeans reducing their military expenditures as well as Uncle Sam tired of his burden are not able and willing to pay for worries...


Washington’s Ebola plan creates global sticker shock

A strain of the Ebola virus has killed 5,000 people in a handful of West African nations with Mali the latest addition to the list. Meanwhile, an Ebola strain has spread to the United States, Western Europe and possibly elsewhere. Turning the fear factor into a pandemic greater than Ebola itself, the Washington Post on October 25th, published an article suggesting that Russia and the Soviet Union have manufactured “Ebola” at a secret facility, with the further implication that Russia...


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