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Overextending and Unbalancing Russia

Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options by  James Dobbins ,  Raphael S. Cohen ,  Nathan Chandler ,  Bryan Frederick ,  Edward Geist ,  Paul DeLuca ,  Forrest E. Morgan ,  Howard J. Shatz ,  Brent Williams Related Topics: Military Command and Control , North Atlantic Treaty Organization , Nuclear Deterrence , Peacekeeping and Stability Operations , Russia , U.S.-European Relations Citation Embed View related products Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn DOWNLOAD FREE ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT FormatFile SizeNotes PDF file 1.4 MB Technical Details » RESEARCHBRIEF Photo by mnn/Adobe Stock This brief summarizes a report that comprehensively examines nonviolent, cost-imposing options that the United States and its allies could pursue across economic, political, and military areas to stress—overextend and unbalance—Russia’s economy and armed forces and the regime's political standing at home and abroad. Some of the options examined are clearly more promising th

Smashing the Bell Jar Smashing the Bell Jar Shades of Gender in China January–March 2019 Sun and moon have no light left, earth is dark; / Our women’s world is sunk so deep, who can help us? / Jewelry sold to pay this trip across the seas, Cut off from my family I leave my native land. / Unbinding my feet I clean out a thousand years of poison, / With heated heart arouse all women’s spirits. / Alas, this delicate kerchief here / Is half stained with blood, and half with tears. Qiu Jin, 1904 (translated by Jonathan Spence)   As she bode farewell to China in the summer of 1904, early revolutionary Qiu Jin penned these words to bemoan the fate of herself and of uncountable Chinese women. She was leaving behind her husband—whom she had married out of obligation—and two young children to go to study in Japan. Having returned to China, she would continue to engage in revolutionary activities, and was ultimately beheaded by the Qing authorities in July 1907 at the age of 31. Martyrdom made

Oracle To Lay Off 1,600 Staff In China

The mass sacking triggered protests and concerns over U.S.-China tech tensions JIAYUN FENG MAY 9, 2019 0 U.S. computer technology giant Oracle is shuttering its entire Research and Development Center in China (CDC). More than 900 employees have been laid off, and the second round of job cuts is expected to happen in July. According to several Chinese media reports, the layoff notice was made in an all-hands meeting on Tuesday. In the meeting, the company’s head of human resources for the Asia-Pacific region announced that per orders from the U.S. headquarters, Oracle was planning to make some major changes to optimize its business structure, which would inevitably result in huge multi-phase staff reductions globally. Following the brief statement were private layoff conversations inside the Beijing branch of the center, where about 500 employees were informed of their loss of jobs. Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald  reported  (in Chinese) that rumors about potential la

CITIES WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF DIPLOMACY Apr 29, 2019   by   Nina Hachigian     SHARE TO MORE COMMENT   PRINT AS PDF Note from the CPD Blog Manager:  This article was originally published by  Foreign Policy   here  and is re-posted with permission. Learn about CPD's latest research on city diplomacy  here . By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, the United Nations  projects . Urban centers already have an outsize economic impact, generating  over 70  percent of the world’s GDP. Statistics like these, and the hope in some quarters that cities will step into the void the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump has created by exiting international commitments and disparaging traditional allies, have ushered in an age of city diplomacy, in the United States and around the globe. The world’s toughest problems—climate change, refugee resettlement, income inequality—often concentrate in cities, and


Uscpublicdiplomaç May 6, 2019   by Austin Maddox When CPD Director  Jay Wang  told me that he wanted to speak to me in his office, I was nervous. It was only my first semester as a journalism student fellow at CPD, and so far I had tried my best to make engaging videos to bring public diplomacy to a wider audience. As I walked down the hall to his office, I ran through all the possibilities of what this confrontation could be about but, nothing came to mind. I guessed I would find out soon enough. I shuffled into his office nervously grabbing my notebook and sat down at the small, round table in front of his desk and waited for Jay to begin telling me what I did wrong. But then, he began to talk about a conference taking place India. He explained that the India Foundation would hold the country's first Conference on Soft Power, and because CPD is a leader in public diplomacy,  we were invited to serve as an academic partner  and host a panel at the conference. Then, J

Burkha and Ghunghat

As Miyan Javed Akhtar continues to compare the Burkha to the Ghunghat … refraining from commenting on the Burkha, as its none of my “very Hindu” business, I pose a few questions about the Ghunghat. Have you seen women working in corporate offices in full ghoonghat? Have you seen women in malls in full ghunghat denying to show their faces when asked? Have you seen school/college going kids in full ghunghat? When was the last time you saw a woman in full ghunghat walking around the busy roads of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore? When was the last time a MAN came out posing as a woman in full ghunghat to cast a fake vote? When was the last time police/security officers/Army personnel caught a terrorist or criminal posing as a woman in full ghunghat? When was the last time a woman in full ghunghat pelted stones at officials or civilians? When was the last time a full ghunghat clad woman blew herself up killing dozens of others? When was the last time a full ghunghat clad woman was caught

Never mind Balakot, IAF is worse off than Pakistan Air Force on pilot strength

Compared to Pakistan Air Force’s 2.5 pilots per aircraft, the IAF is at a ratio of 1.5. The IAF also has issues with squadron strength and target practice. SNEHESH ALEX PHILIP Updated: 7 May, 2019 2:02 pm IST Indian Air Force pilots walk away from their IL-76 medium cargo jet | US Air Force photo | Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo Text Size: A- A+ 678 Shares New Delhi:  The Indian Air Force (IAF) may have successfully conducted a daring air raid against terrorist camps in Pakistan’s Balakot in February, but when it comes to a key metric, the IAF doesn’t compare well with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Whether it is pilot to aircraft ratio, or target practice and an ever-depleting squadron strength, the situation is a matter of serious concern. The IAF currently has a ratio of 1.5 pilots per aircraft as against 2.5 pilots per aircraft for the PAF, top sources in the defence establishment told ThePrint. Effectively, this implies that the PAF can carry out day and night operations more

In a First, Israel Has Responded to a Cyber Attack With an Air Strike on Hamas in The Gaza Strip This could indeed be the very first time a digital attack has been responded to with the full might of the military. Vishal Mathur  |  @vishalmathur85 Updated:  May 6, 2019, 10:55 AM IST This could indeed be the very first time a digital attack has been responded to with the full might of the military. Adrian Brody Rubbed Halle Berry The Wrong Way When He Did This The geo-political dynamics around the world have led us to a stage where cyberattacks are being considered with the utmost of urgency and priority by governments. Israel has confirmed that they have responded to a cyber-attack with full military power. The Israeli Defence Forces have said that they launched air-strikes on a building which is believed to have housed Hamas digital warfare operatives. The building was located in the Gaza Strip, which Israeli fighter jets have now destroyed. “We thwarted an attempted Hamas cyber offensive against Israeli targets. Following our successful cyber defensive operat

Long Island City's Amazon effect

AXIOS FUTURE Steve Levine The Citi building in Long Island City. Photo: Erica Pandey/Axios   When Amazon announced its retreat from Queens amid a backlash from local activists, Long Island City seemed to have lost 25,000 new jobs and billions of dollars in investment. Erica writes:  Instead, two months later, the neighborhood is experiencing a boom: Other companies have grabbed much of the 1.5-million-square-foot, all-glass building that was to be the beachhead of Amazon's Queens expansion, and interest has surged in nearby commercial real estate. “It’s an Amazon effect,”  says Jonathan Wasserstrum, CEO of SquareFoot, a commercial real estate company. “A lot of people now get to piggyback on the work that they did.” What's happening:  In Long Island City, there is a  before  and an  after  Amazon. Before Amazon announced that the Queens neighborhood was one of two surprise winners of its year-long contest to host HQ2, Long Island City was a somewhat sleepy afterthought

Fortune controls only half of one's actions, leaving free will to control the other half

The Prince Summary and Analysis Chapter 25 Source:    CliffsNotes Summary Many people believe that fortune controls everything, so that there is no use in trying to act, but fortune controls only half of one's actions, leaving free will to control the other half . Fortune can be compared to a river that floods, destroying everything in its way. But when the weather is good, people can prepare dams and dikes to control the flood. If Italy had such preparations, she would not have suffered so much in the present floods. Princes are successful one day and ruined the next, with no change in their natures. Two men may use the same method, but only one succeeds; and two men may use different methods, but reach the same goal, all because the circumstances do or do not suit their actions. If a man is successful by acting one way and the circumstances change, he will fail if he does not change his methods. But men are never flexible enough to change, either because their natures will

550 YEARS SINCE NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI WAS BORN—HOW TO CHECK HOW MACHIAVELLIAN YOU ARE BY  KASHMIRA GANDER  ON 5/3/19 AT 12:10 AM EDT While many political philosophies are doomed to be consigned to history, over five centuries since Niccolò Machiavelli was born, his vision of a ruthless, manipulative leader is as relevant as ever.  Born on May 3, 1469, the 16th-century Florentine statesman and political philosopher is best known for his 1513 work  The Prince , in which he argued that new princes shouldn’t be afraid of being ruthless in order to achieve their aims. In the centuries following his death, Machiavelli’s name became synonymous with the ideas outlined in  The Prince , and by the mid-20th century psychologists had used his enduring theories as the basis for a test named after him.  You can take the Machiavellianism test here. To find out more about how Machiavelli influenced political theory,  Newsweek  spoke to Dr. Loren Abell, a psychology lecturer at Nott