A quickie list of what has caught my attention in the last few days:Younghusband's
comments on China and the Internet at Coming Anarchy
analysis on the U.S.-China-North Korean diplomatic triangle
at riting on the wall on China's Uighurs in Kyrgyzstan
Bad or at least superfluous advice from Tariq Ramadan on American relations with Europe
. Hat tip to Marc Shulman
.The coming battle over the President's Daily Brief
by Larry Johnson
at the Counterterrorism Blog, now that the tough as nails John Negroponte
will become the National Intelligence Director. I strongly
endorse Johnson's idea of bringing the POTUS back into contact with real, live, CIA analysts instead of just senior CIA managers or political appointees.
This is a timely issue and an important one. The president ( any president) needs something that is concise and combines timely intel with the ability to look ahead in context. I'd recommend an Open Sources addition to the PDB that is deeper analytically than the usual, daily news digest prepared by the WH staff. Probably this would be best selected by a really, really, bright and horizontal-thinking NSC staffer who also has experience working with the IC on issues and understands their perspective as well to avoid redundancy.