Latest Blindspot Entries

China: Core Interest?

August 1, 2011

For years a flashpoint between Beijing and its southern neighbours, the South China Sea now seems to be a ‘core interest’ that China aims to protect from the world at large. Or is it?

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Brazil: Jose Graziano da Silva

July 25, 2011

When José Graziano da Silva becomes the Director General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in January, he will become the first Brazilian elected to assume a senior international leadership position in years. And the world is about to discover the value of...

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South Sudan: Birth of a Nation

July 18, 2011

On July 9th the Republic of South Sudan became Africa’s 54th state. There were church bells ringing in the capital of Juba, raucous street parties with people dancing to the beat of drums chanting “oye, oye,” fireworks, military parades, visiting dignitaries, raising of the...

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Washington, DC: Beware of What You Wish For

July 11, 2011

Christine Lagarde has taken the top helm at the International Monetary Fund at one of the worst times in its history – not because of the rape charges against former managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but because of reputational damage to the IMF itself. Lagarde, the Fund’s...

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France: Planting Seeds

July 4, 2011

Can the G20 “change the course of capitalism” to solve the global food crisis?

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Middle East: Beyond the “Spring”: Crackdowns and Silence

July 4, 2011

After the initial euphoria of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, the “Arab spring” has morphed into something nearly unrecognizable: Instead of using less force, leaders throughout the region are now using more of it. As the region’s many remaining autocrats entrench...

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Washington, DC: IMF Search

June 27, 2011

As the field narrows to two, with one clear front-runner, the IMF confronts bigger questions about its future.

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China: On Kissinger’s “On China”

June 13, 2011

Kissinger’s thoughts on the future of these great powers merit careful attention, even as other great thinkers on the subject dispute his conclusions. In the light of the interest on Henry Kissinger’s participation in the Munk Debates this week and what his...

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France: G8: From Club to Caucus

May 30, 2011

G8 insiders pine for the days they set the global agenda. But the summit makes a much greater contribution now, as a caucus of rich countries in the orbit of the G20, than it could as a self-appointed steering committee for the world.

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India: India Rising... To The Challenge of Global Power

May 16, 2011

The past decade has been especially good for India. It has the second highest rate of economic growth in the world, has invested those revenues in reducing poverty, and now sits at the High Table of global governance. Now the next phase of work begins: India must improve the conditions...

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