Author Archives: Alan Alexandroff

Its Not the G8 – But the BRICS and even the G20

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I was caught by the discussion in this morning’s  New York Times in the  ”Room for Debate” section.  At the NYT site several old friends from global summitry analysis and a few new acquaintances set out their opinions on whether to kick … Continue reading

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The News from Down Under – Steady but with some Fluff

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The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bankers (Ministers) met this weekend in Australia to further develop the G20 Brisbane Action Agenda. They released, mercifully, a short communique that identified, whether stated or not, their continued measured efforts to achieve in … Continue reading

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From Past to Future Historical Lessons and the US-China Relationship

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  The historiography of World War I and the examination of the events that led to war on August 4, 1914 are enormous.  Notwithstanding that very large historical and analytic record, the examination of the approach to World War I … Continue reading

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Avoiding A New Cold War – I don’t think so!

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Fashioning a moderately cooperative relationship between the US and China – the two great powers in the international system today  - has occupied many minds.  International relations specialists continue to be haunted by ‘power transition’ thesis.  According to this hypothesis, … Continue reading

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The Flood of Remembrance – 100 Years Since the Great War

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With the recent turn of the calendar to 2014, we find ourselves closing in on August 4, 2014.  That date records a civilization-shaking anniversary. On that date 100 years ago the European powers went to war – to be joined … Continue reading

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At Least a Better Tone – On Sino-US Relations

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A noticeable difference in tenor.  That is the first thing that struck me about this Dialogue meeting just recently concluded in Beijing.  The tenor of this Harvard-CASS Think Tank Dialogue on “Towards a New Model of Major-Country Relations between China … Continue reading

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‘Good Enough Global Governance’ Maybe – But is It Really Such a Global Muddle?

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So my colleague and friend Stewart Patrick, the Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has given us a full picture of the contemporary global governance system recently in Foreign Affairs. But … Continue reading

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And Then There was a New Host – Australia

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  Quietly, maybe a touch too quietly, Australia assumed the hosting duties of the G20 on December 1, 2014.  As one of the first initiatives under Australia’s presidency, the program director of the G20 Studies Centre at Australia’s Lowy Institute, … Continue reading

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From Shanghai to Pretoria – From Where You Stand: Part II

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          Shanghai was the first conference stop; but it wasn’t the last.  For the first time the partners – the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Stanley Foundation – held a conference in Pretoria partnering … Continue reading

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From Shanghai to Pretoria – From Where You Stand

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        Well I must say, I have a fair bit of catching up to do.  Much in the way of travel and international legal action, but not much action on the blog front.  Well that is at … Continue reading

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