Why Not Diplomacy

2nd Republican debate cnn.com

So it would appear that the Obama Administration has crossed the finish line on the US-Iran nuclear deal or as it called, the  Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The period of Congressional approval/disapproval – the 60-day period of congressional review  - ends today. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, US Leadership | Leave a comment

The ‘Mechanics of Global Order’ – A Different Kind of World Ordering

Congress of Vienna 1815 en.wikipedia.org

I was reminded recently of the enormous influence of the nonagenarian Henry Kissinger.  My colleague from Brazil, Oliver Stuenkel, author of the blog Post-Western World reviewed Henry Kissinger’s most recent book, World Order. His review of the 2014 book caused me … Continue reading

Posted in Global Summitry, Grand Strategy | Leave a comment

A Good Week for Diplomacy


It is jarring.  It shouldn’t be, but given the strategic actions of the leading state, it is.  We all have gotten so used to the exercise US military muscle (or not), especially in the Middle East, it is shocking almost, … Continue reading

Posted in Global Governance for G20/G8, Global Summitry, Grand Strategy | Leave a comment

Time to Return to the Blogosphere


So it’s time to rejoin the blogosphere! I apologize to all of you who might have looked to Rising BRICSAM for news and views on the BRICS and the other Influentials in the global order.  It was an extended absence, … Continue reading

Posted in China, Global Summitry, Grand Strategy, US Leadership | Leave a comment

The Failure of Confidence?

world_leaders_paris_gal January 2015

Gideon Rachman recently wrote a rather downbeat post in the FT entitled the “The West has Lost Intellectual Confidence”.  He suggests in this opinion piece that he sees the ending of era – the time  from the end of the … Continue reading

Posted in Grand Strategy, US Leadership | Leave a comment

In a World of Order? Or is it Disorder?

Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers of G20 countries pose for a family picture near the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

My good colleague, Stewart Patrick at the Council of Foreign Relations, left us a “must-watch list” of global summits for 2015 before he disappeared for Christmas and the New Year.  Prepared for the slightly pretentious Council of Councils, Stewart nevertheless … Continue reading

Posted in Global Summitry | Leave a comment

South Africa’s Place in an Economic Global Order

South Africa Pretoria

Without question South Africa remains a vibrant, complicated and seemingly a growing troubled land.  My colleagues from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) one of the premiere think tanks in South Africa and the University of Pretoria, particularly … Continue reading

Posted in Global Summitry, South Africa | Leave a comment

A Few Surprises – But Just a Few at Brisbane

G20 Brisbane

A few surprises are worth mentioning – and then there were a lot of non-surprises.  On the not a surprise side.  Well start with headlines from most of the international press.  Early headlines focused on the cool reception delivered to … Continue reading

Posted in Global Governance for G20/G8 | Leave a comment

Struggling to Steer – The G20


After serious progress at APEC among the leaders, what can we expect from this weekend’s G20 leaders meeting in Brisbane.  The continuing knock on the G20 as a “talkfest” continues.  Chris Giles of the FT, no fan of the G20, … Continue reading

Posted in Global Governance for G20/G8 | Leave a comment

Building Global Order: A Good Day for Global Summitry


The headline says it all.  Just a quick look at the New York Times: “As Xi and Obama Stress Common Ground Stubborn Differences Persist“.  Or an earlier headline from the same paper: “U.S. and China Agree to Cut Tariffs, but … Continue reading

Posted in Global Summitry, The Asian Region - APEC, EAS, APT, tec. | Leave a comment