The Great Debate UK

Obama half-term report: must try harder in economics

January 22, 2013

–Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.–

from The Great Debate:

The neocons’ war against Obama

By Jacob Heilbrunn
October 19, 2012

The neoconservatives who rebuffed the Republican establishment’s warnings about the perils of war in Iraq have now opened another front —against President Barack Obama.

from The Great Debate:

Obama at the electoral tipping point

By Clifford Young
September 1, 2011

By Cliff Young and Chris Jackson
The opinions expressed are their own.

The Obama administration finds itself between a rock and a hard place.  On one side, an emboldened Republican Party smells blood, with their largely successful (politically speaking) full court press on the debt issue and dominance of the news cycle.  On the other, the economic news—both domestically and internationally—has been depressing at best, and downright scary at worst.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Solving Afghanistan and Pakistan over a cup of tea

April 20, 2011

cups of teaI have never read "Three Cups of Tea", Greg Mortenson's book about building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I tried to read the sequel, "Stones into Schools" and gave up not too long after the point where he said that, "the solution to every problem ... begins with drinking tea." Having drunk tea in many parts of South Asia - sweet tea, salt tea, butter tea, tea that comes with the impossible-to-remove-with-dignity thick skin of milk tea - I can confidently say that statement does not reflect reality.

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.