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Tag Archives: Global Politics

Why Leaders Lie

This article is a book review of John J. Mearsheimer’s 2011 book Why Leaders Lie. “I think the inherent right of the Government to lie to save itself when faced with nuclear disaster is basic” (Mearsheimer, 2011, p. 31). This statement was made in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Arthur Sylvester, assistant secretary […]

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Why Does NATO Matter Today?

“The mightiest military alliance in history is only 11 weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country…yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the US, once more, to make up the difference” (Spiegel, 2011). US Defence secretary Robert Gates stated this in June 2011 with […]

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The United Tribes of Afghanistan

The current nation-building strategy in Afghanistan would be appropriate for the conditions on the ground if the Afghans were already accustomed to a single ruling faction. The Afghans and Americans have had difficulty jointly creating a central government in Afghanistan that will match the needs of the state; this should not be controversial. A few of […]

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The British Monarchy: The Power of the Crown

Long, long ago, before Prince William and the future Princess Kate were to be wed, there was another seemingly happy occasion that became a disaster for the Crown. And no, it’s not Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding to Charles. In the late 17th century, the Catholic English Monarch King James II had nearly everything a ruler […]

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How Does China Choose its Leaders?

China has become a very popular topic for a number of reasons; some are concerned with how much American debt China holds, while others believe that the military is gearing up for a war of aggression and still others fear the outsourcing of manufacturing that China has been very willing to accept. In addition, China […]

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Chinese Nuclear Strategy: Peace or War?

“We want to have not only more planes and heavy artillery, but also the atomic bomb. In today’s world, if we don’t want to be bullied, then we cannot do without this thing” (Fravel & Medeiros, 2010, p. 61). This was a statement by Mao Zedong, the founder of the modern Chinese state, back in […]

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US Nuclear Weapons: Should the US ever nuke first, ask questions later?

Why doesn’t the United States simply nuke its opponents? In addition to the politically unacceptable collateral damage caused, this is easily answered by the fear of nuclear escalation – that is, the rise in seriousness of war from conventional troops and bombs to all-out nuclear war. A more realistic question is one asking in what […]

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Libya: Why the West Waited for UN Support

The United Nations Security Council has just voted to permit the creation of a “no-fly-zone” over Libya to assist the rebels in repelling Qaddafi’s troops, who were poised to move on Benghazi within days. Just as recently as three days ago (March 15), many feared that the “moment [had] passed” for intervention. Why did the West wait so […]

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Does China deserve to have its own “peace prize”?

One of the more interesting developments in the interplay between Chinese and Western foreign policy was China’s decision to host its own “peace prize”. Regardless of how badly it was actually handled and implemented by the Chinese, I am interested in this question: Should the US have attended the ceremony and encouraged the winner of […]

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