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About jackgoldstone

Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University

Why the fight against IS is not going well

When a radical revolutionary group with a threatening ideology seized a strategically important region, a war-weary United States agreed to limited participation in an allied effort to dislodge the radicals and recover the lost territory, providing several thousand troops and supplies.  … Continue reading

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What China Wants

Last week’s APEC meeting in Beijing shed new light on China’s relationship with America and the world. It has become increasing clear what China wants. China seeks a role in Asia comparable to the role that America has enjoyed with … Continue reading

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What we learned from the U.S. Election

1) American voters can still swing. Older voters, working-class whites, and young voters can swing in their votes or their participation (huge increases in youth and minority turnout are good for Democrats; weak participation by these groups is good for Republicans) enough to … Continue reading

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Addicted to Denial

Few countries would want, as their national bird, an ostrich with its head firmly in the sand.   Yet more and more countries would seem to qualify. In Brazil, this week’s elections pivoted in part on the devastating impact in Sao Paolo of … Continue reading

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Help Ebola victims

You don’t have to just panic about Ebola: you can help its victims in Africa and thus reduce its rate of spread. Here is an easy place to help: http://igg.me/p/community-response-to-ebola-in-sierra-leone/x/8912561 Join me in giving whatever you can to help.

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Drifting toward decline

I have just returned from a week visiting Hong Kong and Japan.  What I found there was inspiring and somewhat hopeful in Hong Kong, but distressing in Japan. In Hong Kong — which in many ways represents China’s best hope … Continue reading

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Hong Kong is NOT Tiananmen

Hong Kong’s protests present a major problem for China’s leadership in Beijing. This is not 1989, when China used its army and tanks to dispel student protests in Tiananmen Square.  Both China and the world have changed; and Hong Kong … Continue reading

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