Europe

The Greater Terror

  • By
  • Benjamin Wallace-Wells,
  • New America Foundation
January 15, 2011 |

Hardly anyone ever thinks about Minsk, an omission for which there are plenty of good reasons. The weather is unpleasant, the architecture brutal, the country obscure, and—because Belarus has spawned neither émigrés nor much in the way of modernity—Minsk seems stuck in history without memory. This gap in memory is important because, during a particular moment in time, the 1930s and ’40s, Minsk and some similar places in far eastern Europe—Kharkiv, Wola, Vilnius—all mattered very much.

Evolving Structures of the Global Oil and Gas Industry

  • By Fareed Mohamedi, Partner and Head of Markets and Country Strategies
March 29, 2011

Current trends suggest that a major energy transition is unlikely before 2020. It is only after that date that trends such as the exhaustion of cheap oil or China’s conversion to a consumer society might raise prices enough to trigger long-term changes.

 

The Quake, the Economy, and the Markets

March 22, 2011
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-- This is a guest post by Jay Pelosky, Principal, J2Z Advisory, LLC --  Japan’s massive earthquake, follow on tsunami and subsequent nuclear power plant upheaval have reinforced uncertainty regarding the strength of global economic activity and the appropriate financial assets prices to reflect that activity. The Arab Spring and EU debt crisis meant such uncertainty was already in the air in the weeks preceding the March 11th earthquake.

So Long, Chicken Little

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2011 |

Why is it that fallacies in foreign policy are so endlessly repeated? Whether in the form of alarmist predictions that never seem to pan out or stale clichés that are constantly recycled no matter how discredited, the apocalypse -- or utopia, for that matter -- always seems just around the corner.

Smart Dictators Don't Quash the Internet

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
February 21, 2011 |

The tragic death of Khaled Said—the 28-year-old who in June 2010 was dragged from an Internet cafe in Alexandria and beaten by the Egyptian police—was the event that galvanized young Egyptians, pushing them to share their grievances on Facebook. A group called "We Are All Khaled Said" quickly reached hundreds of thousands of members and played an instrumental role in promoting the protests that eventually swept Hosni Mubarak from power.

Russia Has No Good Terror Options

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
January 25, 2011 |

Russia's leadership seems to be reacting relatively calmly to Tuesday's bombing of Domodedovo airport. This is welcome, but it is also a necessity. It seems terrible to admit, but terrorist attacks of this kind are something Russia, like India, is simply going to have to live with in future – and to which it is vital not to over-react.

How the Kremlin Harnesses the Internet

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
January 4, 2011 |

Hours before the judge in the latest Mikhail Khodorkovsky trial announced yet another guilty verdict last week, Russia’s most prominent political prisoner was already being attacked in cyberspace.

No, Khodorkovsky’s Web site, the main source of news about the trial for many Russians, was not being censored. Rather, it had been targeted by so-called denial-of-service attacks, with most of the site’s visitors receiving a “page cannot be found” message in their browsers.

Obama’s November Loss Weakens U.S. Abroad

  • By
  • Steven Clemons,
  • New America Foundation
December 10, 2010 |

President Barack Obama's political fortunes suffered a dramatic blow on Nov. 2. Since then, whether in domestic policy or the international arena, nations, as well as U.S. politicians, have raised their price for cooperating with him.

Why Is Osama bin Laden Going After the French?

  • By
  • Andrew Lebovich,
  • New America Foundation
November 3, 2010 |

Yesterday, in an audio recording released to Qatar-based news station Al Jazeera, al Qaeda Central leader Osama bin Laden for the first time singled out France as a target of attack, saying, "The equation is very clear and simple: as you kill, you will be killed; as you take others hostages, you will be taken hostages; as you waste our security we will waste your security."

Britain's Austerity: 4 Lessons for Washington

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
October 25, 2010 |

The Brits sure did mean it when they promised a tough fiscal austerity plan. Man, the difference between our two governments' ability to act when necessary is depressing. It sure would be nice to have a parliamentary system at a time like this.

The U.K. coalition government last week spelled out spending reductions that average 19% across all agencies over 4 years. That's 500,000 public-sector jobs. Little is spared. Housing benefits and education funds will be cut. Defense will be pared 8%. The cuts go on.

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