American Diplomacy Links for September 2016.

Author:Clack, George

"As Threats Increase, America Needs a Diplomat in Chief"

An overview of what the next American president will face: a turbulent Arab world, a missile-rattling North Korean dictator, Putin's expansive Russia, a more assertive and repressive China, a brutal civil war in Syria, and, partly as a result, a European Union on the edge of what its own leaders call an existential crisis. But these threats are no greater than those U.S. leaders have dealt with in the past. By Strobe Talbott, Brookings Blog. Talbott has been president of the Brookings Institution since 2002. He served in the State Department from 1993 to 2001, first as ambassador-at-large and special adviser for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, then as Deputy Secretary of State. He entered government service after 21 years with Time magazine. https://www.brookings.edu/experts/strobe-talbott/

"Erupting Nationalisms"

Not so long ago there were predictions that the nation-state, that peculiar modern institution, was becoming obsolete. Soon its arbitrary frontiers would be irrelevant, with supra-national entities in charge of the business of running societies. It doesn't look like that today, says Berger, in this brief review of the idea of nationhood. By Peter Berger, the American Interest. Berger is a sociologist and the author of many books. He is best known for his landmark 1966 book The Social Construction of Reality (coauthored with Thomas Luckmann). Berger has spent most of his career teaching at the New School for Social Research, Rutgers University, and Boston University

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/08/31/erupting-nationalisms/

"The Economic Trend Is Our Friend"

Economist Delong takes a contrarian's look at the state of the world and lays out the case for optimism. As he puts it, "the large-scale trends that have fueled global growth since World War II have not stopped. More people are gaining access to new, productivity enhancing technologies, more people are engaging in mutually beneficial trade, and fewer people are being born, thus allaying any continued fears of a so-called population bomb." And these major trends are likely to continue. By J. Bradford Delong, Project Syndicate. Delong is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was a Deputy Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary during the Clinton Administration.

https://www.project-syndicate.org...

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