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Battle Over New “.xxx” Internet Address for Porn Underscores EU-US Dilemma on Internet Governance (5/13) Print Email
May 2011
By William Marmon   

Official uneasiness about the state of Internet governance is rising as governments on both sides of the Atlantic have come to recognize how limited their ability is to control it. The latest public symptom of this anxiety surfaced in a leaked official letter from European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes who is also the Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke in which she sought U.S. help in stopping the deployment of a new Internet “suffix” -- ".xxx" –- to identify pornography sites on the web. “This is a major public policy concern,” she wrote, “not only because of the unknown effects it may have in terms of internet stability, but also because of the implications such blocking may have for internet censorship and freedom of expression.”

Western Aid Falls Prey To Deficit Squeeze -- When Needed In North Africa (4/14) Print Email
April 2011
By Georgio Comninos   
On both sides of the Atlantic outflows of development aid are slowing. The reasons are similar everywhere: pressures to reduce deficits by cutting government spending, especially on foreign aid – a cutback that is relatively painless for these governments because it does not affect any significant part of the electorates in EU nations or in the U.S.
"Where are U.S. and Europe Heading? Managing America’s Unintended Empire” by George Friedman Print Email
EA April 2011
Book Review by William Marmon   

george friedman imageThis bold and deliberately provocative book on geopolitical forecasting has smart and suggestive points to make about the whole geopolitical scene, especially the U.S. and Europe.

According to the author George Friedman to manage its "unintended empire," Washington will need to learn the doctrine of playing off new regional contenders against each other. He advocates this "Machiavellian" strategy -- sometimes called "off-shore balancing" -- because it seeks to avoid getting U.S. "boots on the ground" and getting sucked into future wars that might resemble Iraq.
Latvia Has Survived Economic Crisis, Will Join euro, says President Zatlers Print Email

In a wide-ranging speech at The European Institute on the increasingly pivotal role of Europe’s Northern Dimension, the President of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers, said his country has survived the economic crisis and is poised for healthy growth and entry into the Eurozone in 2014.

Sarkozy Played Crucial Role In Catalyzing International Action at UN On Libya (3/18) Print Email
March 2011
By European Affairs   

As a U.S. Senator put it about the U.S. approach to Libya: “One test in foreign policy: at least be as bold as the French; unfortunately, we’re failing that test.” Part of a small Washington cohort of critics crying outrage about U.S. inaction, that jibe from Senator Lindsay Graham, a Republican on the Armed Services Committee, came on Wednesday. By the next day, the Obama administration had joined  France, Britain and some other EU countries,  together with the Arab League and the Organization of African Unity, in pushing for a no-fly zone. The potential resolution, when it finally materialized, included even more aggressive military measures against the Libyan regime, possibly including covert help to Libyan rebels on the ground. That emerging diplomatic front succeeded in obtaining approval from the UN Security Council, of a much stronger resolution on Libya than most diplomats even a few hours earlier believed possible.


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