Category Archives: International Relations

Economics of the Ukrainian Crisis

With Russian on the march in Crimea, NPR’s Planet Money podcast recently discussed the economics of the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine and the role natural gas plays in the dispute.

Here is a description of the podcast from the Planet Money Blog:

On today’s show, how a policy that made natural gas very cheap for every household in Ukraine almost bankrupted the nation. And how that led, in part, to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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March 20, 2014 · 5:45 pm

“Cutting The Pentagon’s Budget Is A Gift To Our Enemies”

That was the proposition being debated on the NPR’s Intelligence Squared. Moderated by 

ABC News’ John Donvan, this debate featured Thomas Donnelly–Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, AEI–and Andrew Krepinevich–President, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, who argued for the motion; and Benjamin Friedman–Research Fellow, Cato Institute–and Kori Schake–Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, who argued against it.  

Here is description of the debate: 

Political gridlock in Washington triggered across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, in March. As a result, the Pentagon was given six months to eliminate $41 billion from the current year’s budget, and unlike past cuts, this time everything is on the table. In 2011, America spent $711 billion dollars on its defense—more than the next 13 highest spending countries combined. But the burdens it shoulders, both at home and abroad, are unprecedented. Could the sequester be a rare opportunity to overhaul the armed forces, or will its impact damage military readiness and endanger national security?

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July 13, 2013 · 3:19 pm

Fareed Zakaria on Boston Bombings: What We Should Learn.

I have been hesitant to post coverage of the Boston bombings, primarily because the coverage has been poor. The most notable example of this is CNN’s embarrassing speculation about the suspects.

In contrast, Fareed Zakaria provides thoughtful reflections on the attack and what we should take away from it.

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April 23, 2013 · 1:54 pm

Turning Point In Iran Talks?

So says Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee,in an exclusive interview  Fareed Zakaria GPS.

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March 5, 2013 · 10:00 am