Al LeBlanc's Blog – April 2015 Archive (2)

#Cyberpeacefare #World Affairs/Democracy #Ralph Barton Perry Quote

"Applied to world affairs, democracy means that the aggregate of mankind shall be so organized as to create for each man the maximum opportunity of growth in accordance with the dictates of his own genius and aspiration. It does not prescribe how any group of men shall exist except that they shall contribute by self restraint and by cooperation to the lives of other men." 

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#Cyberpeacefare # Inquiring Mind #Archibald MacLeish

"Our reliance in this country is on the inquiring,individual human mind. Our strength is founded there;our resilience, our ability to face an ever changing future and to master it. We are not frozen into the backward-facing impotence of those societies fixed in the rigidness of an official dogma to which the future is the mirror of the past. We are free to make the future for ourselves."  Archibald MacLeish

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The Ethics of Trade with China and Authoritarian Upgrading

Increased foreign investment and engagement is producing, not democratization, but "authoritarian upgrading," where selected reforms are designed to legitimize a softer authoritarianism. This presents an ethical dilemma for international trade. What direction will China, Uzbekistan, Russia, and other "upgraded authoritarian" states evolve towards in the coming decade?

The 2020 Election & the View from Overseas, with Nikolas Gvosdev

As the 2020 election begins to come into focus, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev details the foreign policy cleavages in the Democratic Party. Plus, referencing Nahal Toosi's recent article in "Politico," he discusses the worries that many in Europe have about a Trump reelection or a progressive candidate who also questions the status quo. What's the view from abroad on this turbulent time in American politics?

Ethics & the U.S.-China Trade War, with Nikolas Gvosdev

What role should ethics play in the U.S.-China trade war? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these economic tensions in the context of the Uyghur detention and the Hong Kong protests, different theories on integrating China into the world economy, and what it could mean to "lose" in this conflict. Is there a breaking point in terms of China's human rights policies? What's the view in Africa and Europe?

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