Monthly Archives: March 2012

Justice or Politics?

The Canadian academic and politician Michael Ignatieff has written extensively and profoundly on law, politics and policy during an extraordinary career that has taken him from Toronto and British Columbia to Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard to the leadership of Liberal … Continue reading

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What is perception?

For six years I worked on the NATO International Staff’s Public Diplomacy Division where I managed a variety of portfolios and campaigns relating to the Alliance’s audiences across North America and Europe.  Public diplomats are officially obsessed with the public’s … Continue reading

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“Stupid” and Political Judgment

Two recent articles, one by David Weigel in Slate, and the other a blog post by the august poet Charles Simic in The New York Review of Books, converge in a new way on an old problem famously articulated by … Continue reading

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Art and the Pander

National Public Radio’s All Things Considered ran a story last week on “How to Pander: A Guide for the Candidates”. Considering how few Republican candidates are left, and that the general campaign hasn’t really begun, I found this an odd … Continue reading

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Who Really Loses if Iran Gets the Bomb

Unequivocal statements by President Barack Obama and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron today about Iranian nuclear ambitions leave small doubt about the perilous path facing the West. The President was right to chide more hawkish supporters of military action … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Afghans

This week’s attack on civilians in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, allegedly carried out by a lone U.S. Army staff sergeant, has revealed an appalling lack of understanding of the political context in which our military effort takes place. … Continue reading

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In Russia, “We Have No Politics”

Prolific Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen has released her latest book, The Man without a Face, a biography of Vladimir Putin.  She is in the United States on a promotion tour and spoke recently to Charlie Rose and Fresh Air on WHYY. Her more … Continue reading

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