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About jackgoldstone

Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University

Still Slow…

I have been blogging mainly about foreign policy during the last year.  Of course, there has been so much going on around the world — in Ukraine, the Middle East, and Hong Kong among other places, it has been hard … Continue reading

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Yemen Undone

It shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone that Yemen has collapsed (again).  A country that has split and been pulled together before, with the youngest and fastest growing population in the region, running low on oil and water, with … Continue reading

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But not all sunsets are the same

A few days ago, I wrote that any deal with Iran on its nuclear program with a sunset clause would be a bad deal. Perhaps I should clarify.  By a “sunset clause” I meant one that phased out most restrictions … Continue reading

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A Bad Deal for Everyone

I have long advocated that Iran and the P5+1 negotiators reach a deal that will assure everyone that if Iran launches an effort to weaponize its nuclear materials, they will be detected in time for other nations to launch a … Continue reading

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Why still violence?

A few years ago, Steven Pinker published, to much acclaim, a book arguing that violence in the world was on a marked downward trajectory, and that we failed to appreciate how peaceful and stable our lives had become. Yet today, … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Peace in Ukraine

No doubt some kind of agreement in Ukraine is desirable simply to stop the slaughter.  As PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk observed, even a bad agreement that saves lives is better than on agreement. But the agreement reached last week is  mainly … Continue reading

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Addressing Inequality

The  Davos show is beginning this week.  I am not going, but I am in Zurich and close enough to see the ads for ever-bigger and better private planes to take the elites to elite places.  All of this against … Continue reading

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