The Great Debate UK

The U.S.’s big, fat political debt problem

April 19, 2011

USA-BUDGET/By Kathleen Brooks

The U.S. has practically zero chance of solving its debt problem in the foreseeable future while politicians line up to contest the 2012 Presidential elections.

Obama blows the starting whistle – who will his opponent be?

By Guest Contributor
April 8, 2011

OBAMA/-Andrew Hammond is an Associate Partner at Reputation Inc, and was formerly a Special Adviser in the UK Government and a Geopolitics Consultant at Oxford Analytica. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Afghanistan: Petraeus, personalities and policy

February 15, 2011

chinook2Buried in the Washington Post story on Marc Grossman taking over as the new U.S. envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan are some interesting references to the possible departure of U.S. commander General David Petraeus.

UK deficit cutting – lessons for the US

February 15, 2011

USA-BUDGET/The news that China is engaged in talks over the building of a rival to the Panama Canal ought to set alarm bells ringing in Washington – and not just because of its obvious geopolitical implications. It is yet another sign that the Chinese have finally woken up to the fact that relending their hoard of dollars straight back to the USA is not a very smart policy, at least not as long as the Federal Government carries on spraying out greenbacks like a tipsy GI on furlough, and without Chinese support, the outlook for the Treasury bond market looks threatening.

What WikiLeaks reveals about the changing map of global power

By Guest Contributor
January 12, 2011

-Andrew Hammond is a Director at ReputationInc. The opinions expressed are his own-

from Tales from the Trail:

Reuters/Ipsos poll: 52 pct don’t think Obama will be re-elected

November 1, 2010

President Barack Obama is not up for re-election this week, but the outcome of congressional elections will be seen as a referendum on his policies.

What can the U.S. learn from the Spending Review?

October 25, 2010

Watching George Osborne present the results of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review last week, two thoughts went through my mind.

from The Great Debate:

Obama, Moses and exaggerated expectations

By Bernd Debusmann
October 25, 2010

-Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own-

President Barack Obama is close to the half-way mark of his presidential mandate, a good time for a brief look at health care, unemployment, war, the level of the oceans, the health of the planet, and America's image. They all featured in a 2008 Obama speech whose rhetoric soared to stratospheric heights.

from Afghan Journal:

How many al Qaeda can you live with ?

September 16, 2010

(A box of  'Super Osama bin Laden" candles bought at a bazaar in Kandahar)

(A box of 'Super Osama bin Laden" candles bought at a bazaar in Kandahar)

A furious debate has raged for several months now whether it makes sense for the United States to throw tens of thousands of  soldiers at a handful of al Qaeda that remain in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theatre, nine years after launching the global war on terrorism.

from The Great Debate:

The U.S. war in Iraq is over. Who won?

By Bernd Debusmann
September 3, 2010

The end of America's combat mission, after seven and a half costly years, has raised questions that will provide fodder for argument for a long time to come: Was it worth it? And who, if anyone, won?