FM newswire for June 7, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague. A book no national leader needs (don't tell a bird how to fly):  "Defending the indefensible: a how-to guide", Stephen M. Walt, blog of Foreign Policy, 2 June 2010 China's next wave of growth begins:  … Continue reading FM newswire for June 7, interesting articles about geopolitics

Exum looks at Af-Pak campaign of the Long War, revealing more about ourselves than the foe

Summary:  Andew Exum's new report reveals more about America's defective OODA loop than about the Af-Pak War, esp our myopia (Observation) and insularity (Orientation).  As other posts on the FM website have shown, this is characteristic of our geopolitical experts.  The causes remain obscure.  Perhaps institutional factors, esp the Pentagon dominating the discussion and funding.  Perhaps … Continue reading Exum looks at Af-Pak campaign of the Long War, revealing more about ourselves than the foe

FM newswire for June 6, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis, much of which is catch-up from the past week. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague. Hidden insights to our leaders' thinking:  Word clouds (wordles) for the Bush and Obama National Security Strategy papers, Charli Carpenter, Lawyers Guns and Money, 28 May … Continue reading FM newswire for June 6, interesting articles about geopolitics

Looking ahead to the final chapter of the North Korea story

Summary:   Every game has an ending.  The complex, insane brinksmanship of North Korea might have entered its last chapter (although that's been predicted often since the fall of the Berlin Wall).  Probably not a pretty picture, whenever it happens.  Nor will be the early chapters of what follows.  Among the effects, consider the cost to … Continue reading Looking ahead to the final chapter of the North Korea story

FM newswire for June 5, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague. Latest forecast:  "Solar Cycle Prediction", David Hathaway (NASA) for the Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Panel, 3 June 2010 -- A maximum amplitude of aprox 70 in June 2013, down from May 2009 forecast of 90.  That … Continue reading FM newswire for June 5, interesting articles about geopolitics