SUNDAY'S RECOMMENDED READING
Hmmm...let's go with strategic analytical perspectives this morning ( ok, afternoon, it was a late night yesterday).
Pride of place today goes to....Kent's Imperative
for " War in the next generation
" and "The spread of hostile memes
Very nice to see some of the PNM/4GW/5GW concepts discussed here and in the old koinon moving into professional IC circles.Dr. Barnett
in his syndicated column
on " Time for a new generational voice in politics
As an aside, I am not in sync with Senator Obama's politics though an understated factor in his charisma may be that he comes across as an earnest, responsible, adult in a chamber filled with political hacks ( case in point, Obama's senior colleague from Illinois). With the Senate in Democratic hands, Obama will need to tie himself to at least one prominent legislative issue -and help steer it to passage - if he wishes to make the leap to the next political level.
Re; Tom's take on worldviews -identifying, critically analyzing and metacognitively asserting control over one's worldview is something I emphasize to my students.Josh Manchester
of The Adventures of Chester
-"Radio: Interview with Fred Ikle
Josh is an old blogfriend and a rising multimedia presence these days. Here he interviews a senior defense intellectual, Dr. Frederick C. Ikle
on Ikle's hot new book Annihilation From Within
- "An Electoral Lesson in Resilience
Mostly in agreement with Steve - it will be interesting if the Democrats make a new start in terms of ideas or revert to type under the pressure of the party's Liberal-Left gerontocracy in Congress.John Robb
at Global Guerillas
-" GLOBAL GUERRILLAS IN THE UK
John's post raised the practical question for me of how long does the state permit these networks to mestastisize simply because they have them successfully under surveillance and "the devil you know" is better than dealing with " unknown unknowns" ?
I would also add that not nearly enought thought has gone on in government circles into how authorities can demoralize these networks on the moral level, in conjunction with surveillance, prosecution and punitive action.Critt Jarvis
- "CSR: ROI in the context of everything else
Stakeholders is a useful analytical concept for defining " who is affected ?" but is often a poor model for " who gets to decide ?". Inequalities of information flow, knowledge and provision of resources often lend themselves to manipulation more than true consensus. Nevertheless, key stakeholders who remain unaware or ill-informed about the interests of lesser players are doomed to strategic errors and will reap excessive friction. Reaching out is a better move.Sun Bin
- " Machiavelli on Iraq
Scathing. Machiavelli remains, however, a useful primer and classic lens for analysis as Sun Bin demonstrates.
That's it !