Japan has a new ruling party. In a landmark election the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) gained a majority in both houses of the Diet for the first time in its history. Yet the significance of this election has much less to do with the DPJ and much more to do those whom they knocked […]
Monthly Archives: August 2009
Video of the Day 30/08/2009 –What Stops Population Growth?
What stops population growth?Lecture by Hans Rosling. Gapminder Foundation 1 January 2009. An intelligent lecture that uses dynamic graphics to disprove a few population-related myths. Well worth the ten minutes it takes to watch. H/T to Dot Earth.
The Mystery That is India
I am continually fascinated by the greatest anomaly of our times, the Republic of India. In an age dominated by ethnonationalist states, India’s existence is a modern mystery. It is a hundred nations contained in one, a crucible of religions, cultures, and peoples whose history is as old as recorded history itself. That such a […]
Notes From All Over 23/08/09
TOP BILLING: An Analysis of Mitigation as a Response to Climate ChangeRichard SJ Tol. Copenhagen Consensus Center. 14 August 2009. Climate change costs: Too much is not enough.Katie Mackenzie. FT Energy Source. 14 August 2009. The Copenhagen Consensus Center has published the most important report related to climate change I have seen in a year. […]
Af/Pak in Tatters: The Debate Is On
Six months ago I wrote a post questioning America’s ability to wage a proper population-centric counterinsurgency. The post noted the structural features of modern democratic institutions that make waging a “Long War” near impossible. I ended this post with a projection for the next year: Can Modern America Wage Counterinsurgency?T. Greer. Scholar’s Stage. 4 March […]
Why Selena Shilad Has it Exactly Wrong on Climate Change and National Security
Three days ago I added the American Security Project’s blog, The Flash Point, to my blog roll. I had come across the blog when Mark Sanfranski (“Zenpundit”) highlighted the work of Dr. Bernard Finel, one of the blog’s primary authors, in a recent post on his site. I was intrigued by his work, and found […]