Author Archives: Alan Alexandroff

A Multilateral World Is Well – Complicated! And There is No Roadmap

obama west point 22 may 2010

  Now evidently – from the image above – this is not the first speech that US President Obama has given at West Point.  Here then is an earlier portrait of the President there – the black hair obviously is … Continue reading

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A World in Flux II

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          It’s a pleasure to review work of colleagues seriously grappling with the contemporary world order.  Back in March I reviewed Bruce Jones’s examination of the global order at the point just prior to the publication … Continue reading

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Struggling with World Order

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Who said geopolitics went away?  Well a number of international relations experts imply this in their various announcements that geopolitics has returned.   One of those most loudly trumpeting this view is Walter Russell Mead, the Editor-at- Large of the … Continue reading

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Struggling with Change in Great Power Relations – An Addendum

Obama in Asia April 2014

  It is a little like having a stomachache. The United States is struggling to operationalize its diplomacy in the ever changing landscape.  And its finding it hard to digest the changes without feeling rather sick. So at the end … Continue reading

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The Return of Great Power Territorial Ambition?

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Great power rivalry has forcefully reappeared.  It is a jolt for anyone that follows international governance to watch the Russian actions in the Crimea and to hear the assertions and rationalizations by Russia’s President Putin concerning Russian annexation of the … Continue reading

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A World in Flux

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            I was going over Richard Rosecrance’s explication on UCTV of his his latest international relations thesis: The Resurgence of the West: How a Transatlantic Union Can Prevent War and Restore the United States and Europe.  His … Continue reading

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A Serious Setback – The G20 ‘Concert’ Wounded

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  While we all have been debating whether the Russian intervention in  the Crimea warranted expelling Russia from this or that organization, a very serious wound has been inflicted on global summitry. As identified in the Brisbanetimes there are growing concerns … Continue reading

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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

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

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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