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Deviant Globalization

December 21, 2012

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Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century This carefully curated selection of provocative and accessible essays helps us come to grips with the dark underside of the global economy, and sheds new light on what we can and should do about it.—Peter Andreas, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Watson Institute for […]

Case Study: U.S. European Command

January 18, 2012

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Continuing our study of the intersection of interdependence and stability, we applied Model 2 (Swiss Economic Institute Index of Globalization/Worldwide Governance Indicators) to the U.S. European Command’s area of responsibility (see chart). There are six countries that reside in the “Unintegrated-Unstable” quadrant (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kosovo, and Uzbekistan). Eight countries reside in the “Interdependent-Unstable” quadrant (Bosnia […]

Kosovo Seeks US Aid in Tackling Gangsters

December 13, 2011

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via Balkans Insight Fatmir Aliu, Pristina Kosovo’s President, Atifete Jahjaga, announced the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Council, in what looked like an attempt to improve the battered image of the country as a crime haven. In a speech on Thursday to parliament, she said that democracy cannot be held hostage to the lack of will to fight […]

Rocket Science Week 2

November 16, 2011

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So we are still working on our description of the strategic environment a little more feverishly as our bosses have seemed to like the direction we are going. While there hasn’t be a change to our stability indicators, we have strived to build more objective interdependency indicators. I think we are on to something. A sample […]

Rocket Science Day 2

November 4, 2011

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Day 2 of the mind meld between my colleague at Thinking Like A Cheetah (ivy leaguer) and I (state schooler). Again we are trying to creating a model of the strategic environment to help forecast capability requirements. The chart here represents the data being applied to the theory. Using the evaluations of stability and interdependence cooperation a quadrant […]

Rocket Science

November 3, 2011

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 The picture here represents the mash-up of Ivy league smarts and State school grit.  Well not rocket science but at least the start of a political science dissertation. My colleague at Thinking Like A Cheetah (ivy leaguer) and I (state schooler) spent our afternoon creating a model of the strategic environment to help forecast capability requirements. Using the […]

In Balkans, Smuggling Forges a Rare Unity

October 29, 2011

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via NY Times… But as is often the case in this impoverished region, the truth is more complicated. In this instance, the authorities say, it reveals how a furious effort to protect a lucrative oil-smuggling racket has morphed into an international incident infused with troubling memories of the Balkan ethnic carnage of the ’90s. With […]