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Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Walt’

Iran’s Nuclear Deal Skips Over the West, Russia and China

Posted by K.E. White on May 17, 2010

Today brings news of a “surprise nuclear deal” between Iran, Turkey and Brazil.  (Watch MSNBC’s solid coverage from Tehran here.)  Under the admittedly hazy details, Iran has agreed to ship its enriched uranium to Turkey.  Note the absence of Western powers, Russia and China from the talks.

The Western response?  Well, Wesley Clark—interviewed on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown—welcomed other countries doing some diplomatic heavy-lifting, but cautioned viewers that few details of the deal are currently known.

In any case, the coming days will undoubtedly shed light on the inner workings of these (potentially momentous) tripartite talks.

Coincidently, Stephen Walt offers this blog on Turkey’s diplomatic evolution—and gives some advice to U.S. policy makers.

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Pakistan: Stephen Walt Offers Some Help, U.S. Taps New State Official for South Asian Affairs, TOI Comments on Buner Crisis, and Pakistan’s Limited Counterinsurgency Capabilities

Posted by K.E. White on April 25, 2009

Stephen Walt tackles an issue receiving woefully little attention in the US media–the crisis in Pakistan. I’d also recommend Hassan Abbas’ blog on news and commentary concerning Pakistan. The Times of India also offers up a (rather cynical) rationale the Pakistani military permitting the Buner crisis to grow: pushing America to keep Pakistan-aid no strings attached.

Also Robert Blake has been nominated for U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs.

When considering why the Pakistani military has been slow to react or decisively take down the extremist threat in their country many point to a lack of will, but Steve Coll brings attention to Pakistan’s limited counter-insurgency capabilities

“I would just say on the capacity side, even where the army has shown the will to go into very difficult territory like Bajaur, they lack the tools to conduct effective counter-insurgency. They knock down entire marketplaces and villages and towns and then do little to build in the aftermath and to hold that ground and to create a strategy of politics that’s integrated with military action. That’s the key to successful counterinsurgency—has been true throughout time and thousand different settings. It’s about the people. And the Pakistan army has been to built to fight wars that are not about the people—[instead] that are about the Indian military.”

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News From Around the Web

Posted by K.E. White on March 10, 2009


Foreign Policy justifies its recent update–and snags two spots on today’s list:

‘F’ Is Not For Fantastic: Daniel W. Drezner (aka Dr. Doom) reviews hegemonic stability theory and how America is flunking it, and illustrates why the current dollar recovery may not be a good sign.

(P.S. Be sure to read the comments section)

Let’s All Get Real: Stephen Walt presents a value overview of the Obama administration’s foreign policy moves—and provides his own primer on realist foreign policy theory. His verdict: Good, realist first moves—and let’s really get out of Iraq.

Heres the Sea China SeaWhy filing is important: FoxNews shows just how important individuals—and I’m not talking presidents—can be in foreign policy. A planned warhead upgrade to Trident missiles—used by the British and American nuclear submarines—was delayed owing to…KNOWLEDGE DRAIN.  

They Aren’t Ordering Kung Pao in the South China Sea: An unarmed U.S. Navy ship probing for Chinese subs was harassed by handful of fishermen and Chinese naval vessels. Before retreating, the USS Impeccable crew was reduced to spraying back at their pursuers with firehoses.  

And some other things:

Blair on the Obvious: Heading Off Nuclear Iran Might Be Tough

Russia commits to arms reduction with Obama administration

And…really?…Gary Sinise is a conservative.

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