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The Future of American Power - F. Zakaria. Foreign Affairs, May/June 2008.

I read this article the other day having caught sight of last month’s copy of Foreign Affairs in CostCo of all places. For some reason CostCo bagels always seem better than regular Tesco’s ones even if eating one poppy seed bagel a day is the quickest way to test positive for trace amounts of opium, other than actually taking opium that is. I’ve no idea of Mohnstollen would have the same effect but seeing as I don’t actually have any that’s a moot point anyway. Nevertheless, this article is one of my few forays into trans-Atlantic policy other than watching Al-Jazeera specials or those occasions when something references Kagan.

The trans-Atlantic relationship isn’t my speciality but occasionally something like this will catch my eye. In this case it was the premise of comparing America’s current position to that of the British Empire a century ago. But in comparing and contrasting it was interesting to see Kagan’s point come up again about European diplomatic means and policy adjustment which have secured Europe’s continued presence on the world stage, regardless of a lack of cohesive military might. Thus it is European adaptability, forced upon former colonial powers by circumstance, that seems to have won through and it is this adaptability of policy that the article states that America current lacks.

It’s interesting to view it from that standpoint since America in all other aspects seems to be doing quite well for itself. When it comes to matters of economics and ‘hard power’ America is relatively secure but policy change and adaptation can be enough to cripple just about anything and without that, the danger of falling into stagnation seems apparent. Whether change or stagnation occurs might not be apparent for some time to come but considering the apparent worry about America losing its vitality that seems to be cropping up in the area it certainly seems like it will be interesting to watch. It also makes me suspect that I need to pick up the Waltz again to see where things were going from a 1960s viewpoint. And quite honestly, it’s probably far easier for me to consider post-nationalism from this last bastion of a now faded empire at the end of the day.

The Age of Nonpolarity - R. Haass. Foreign Affairs, May/June 2008.

Rethinking the National Interest - C. Rice. Foreign Affairs, July/August 2008.

And in an unrelated fashion: Fake finger fools fingerprint reader - ZDNet (video)

While this is interesting in the same way that moving down the periodic table from Sodium with reactions to water is what strikes me about the entire process is just how easy it is. It’s certainly more effort than I’d be prepared to go to if I even had a biometric reader to test it on but it’s really not that hard at all. But then nitrating toluene isn’t all that hard either though it was under lab conditions when I did it so I had someone else constantly monitoring the ice bath so that things didn’t explode while I was working on them which suggests that difficulty really is pretty relative when it comes down to it.

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Date: 2008-07-05 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2008-07-09 04:01 pm (UTC)
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Maybe someone will commission a mini-documentary of sorts or a write up?


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