EA April 2011

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Debt Default by EU Government? Messy, But Probably Not The End of The Eurozone

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The eurozone’s sovereign debt-saga seems to be a never-ending story. But like all financial crises, it will end at some point.  Will the endgame involve a default of one or more eurozone countries? Would that lead to a partial or full break-up of the eurozone? Overall, what could be the consequences for the eurozone economy?

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The Allies In Libya: A New Paradigm For Intervention?

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“Bad cases make bad law.” This axiom of jurisprudence can as easily apply to the use of force. What is happening in Libya at the moment is a “bad case” in three ways: military intervention in its civil war does not derive from well-established precedent, does not draw on unambiguous principle, and may not set a course or parameters for future conduct of various nations and institutions in similar – or roughly similar – cases. This conclusion will be tested the next time the U.S., its European and Canadian allies, and others are faced with a situation that seems to cry for outside intervention.

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Cracking The Glass Ceiling In European Boardrooms Via Quota

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The pressure is building in Europe for more women in corporate boardrooms. A continent that has seen female prime ministers, chancellors, foreign and even finance ministers is asking why, in the  second decade of the 21st century, so few women wield power in publically traded corporations.  And the remedies being discussed, including quotas, go far further than anything comparable in the United States.

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In Smart-Power Shift, U.S. Now Actively Cultivating Muslim Minorities In The EU

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The U.S. State Department has some new pro-active policies toward Muslims and other minorities in Europe that seem to mark a salient change. For example, Charles Rivkin isn't your traditional American ambassador in Paris: a political appointee with a career background in entertainment, he is regularly spotted doing things like this: hosting hip-hop artists and ethnic-minority politicians at embassy receptions; inaugurating a large art mural in Villiers-le-Bel, the site of major urban riots in 2007; visiting a youth cultural center and engaging in debates with the audience; dropping in on embassy-sponsored seminars on social issues and engines of change;

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"Where are U.S. and Europe Heading? Managing America’s Unintended Empire” by George Friedman

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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.
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