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The Third Presidential Debate and the Changing World of Islam

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 23, 2012, 1 Comment

Presidential debates are a chore for a sitting president. He has to share the podium with an opponent who has little-to-no experience in foreign policy. That places the incumbent president incessantly on the defensive. For President Barack Obama, that specific aspect of the challenge was particularly onerous, because of his poor performance in the first presidential debate. Thus, he was under enormous pressure to be aggressive in criticizing the ever-changing policy positions of his Republican opponent, former Governor Mitt Romney. At the same time, Obama had to be careful not to sound angry or petty. Romney's challenge was of a significantly different nature. Since he performed admirably during the first debate, he was expected to continue the same performance in the following debate. However, he knew full well that Obama was not going to be docile during the second round. In the second debate, Obama managed to get under Romney's skin quite often in his attempt to underscore policy
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Why China Should Fear the Arab Awakening

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 23, 2011, No Comments

The Arab awakening is about the yearning of people to be free, to be able to enjoy a decent standard of living, and, above all, to be governed effectively by responsive leaders.  Of these, the Chinese people are deprived of two requirements.  Even regarding a decent standard of living, the evidence in China is mixed, at best.  If there is one lesson that the autocratic leader of the PRC should learn from the Arab awakening is to be highly proactive in fulfilling these requirements before they are expressed through another bloody uprising in Tiananmen Square.  But dictatorships are never known to be proactive or adaptable.  That is why their fall is so chaotic and bloody. (more…)
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The Emerging Brave New World and Eroding American Hegemony: Lessons for China

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 20, 2011, No Comments

As much as China watches and learns from the patterns of the military preparedness, modernization, and foreign policy behavior of the United States, the past several weeks of the Arab "Awakening" and America's responses to it should be eye opening lessons for it.  The most important lesson is how to preserve political clout – if not dominance - under the newly emerging brave new Arab world. (more…)