From Peter Lavelle
, on the potential relationship between American oil majors, President Putin and the development of Russia's natural gas sector
; and secondly,his weekly round-up of Russian affairs experts examine the break-up of the " Orange Revolution" coalition in Ukraine
Former House Speaker and influential G.O.P. insider, Newt Gingrich
, argues that America's interests require " a fundamentally limited, but honest and effective UN.
". IMHO we can manage the first, rarely the second and sometimes the third but never all three at once. Too many states with endemic incompetence and corruption use their slots in the UN bureaucracy to exile their intra-regime rivals, reward idiot relatives and enjoy the leisurely lifestyle of a diplomat in Manhattan. Not to mention the slots that more serious countries fill with professional intelligence agents who hardly can afford to make their official UN duties a priority.Dr. Dan Nexon
of The Duck of Minerva
asks " was effective opposition to the Iraq War impossible?"
. My unflattering analysis as to why was roundly ignored in the comments :o)Havery Sicherman
, President of FPRI
, examines " King Fahd's Saudi Arabia
" in American Diplomacy.Virginia Postrel
of Dynamist Blog
has a series of posts on the virtues and flaws of think tanks here
. This outpouring was inspired by Dan Drezner's
The entire " connectivism" concept series
of posts from Connectivism Blog
and the article:" Connectivism: Learning as Network-Creation"
I may have to critique this last one closely in a future post.