Al LeBlanc's Blog – July 2017 Archive (3)

#Cyberpeacefare #Chaos Theory (Butterfly Effect )

chaos theory: Theory that attempts to describe and explain the highly complex behavior of apparently chaotic, or unpredictable systems that show no underlying order.  The behavior of physical systems is impossible to describe, using the standard laws of physics.  This is because the mathematics needed to describe these systems is too difficult for even the largest computers.  Such systems are sometimes known as "nonlinear " or "chaotic" systems, and they include…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on July 27, 2017 at 9:02am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Liberty #John Adams

"I would define liberty to be a power to do as we would be done by.  The definition of liberty to be the power of doing whatever the law permits, meaning the civil laws, does not seem satisfactory." John Adams

(Individual decision making should consider the "golden rule" ethics, as well as "civil laws" ? CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on July 25, 2017 at 7:27pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Butterfly Effect #James Gleick

"Tiny differences in input could quickly become overwhelming  differences in output.......In weather, for example, this translates into what is only half-jokingly known as the Butterfly Effect - the notion that a butterfly  stirring the air today in Peking can transform storm systems next month in New York." (James Gleick, Chaos, 1987 Prologue.

(Hopefully, one of these days,…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on July 1, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

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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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