TOP STORIES: Nat’l Security / Foreign Affairs – April 30, 2012
U.S. Cash Went to Iraq Insurgents - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast
Funds from a $4 billion program intended to improve relations between the two countries were siphoned off by the new enemy…
Blind Activist a Huge Test for U.S.-China Ties - John Lee, Time
The current asylum request of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who escaped last week from house arrest in Shandong province, is tricky. Either Chen gets asylum and is allowed to leave China, or he isn’t. But both Beijing and Washington have much to lose from failing to stand their ground.
Europe’s Growth Challenge - Lawrence Summers, Washington Post
Unfortunately, Europe has misdiagnosed its problems in important respects and set the wrong strategic course…
The Day After North Korea Collapses - Bill Keller, New York Times
THE one thing everyone knows about North Korea is that we know very little about North Korea, except that it is miserable, totalitarian, nuclear and e…
Africa Is Primed for Economic Take Off - Niall Ferguson, Newsweek
Take a look at the pace of economic growth in much of Africa, and the picture is brighter than at almost any time since the end of colonial rule….
Four Shocks That Could Change China - Paul Gregory, Forbes
In the past four months, the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) has experienced four shocks that could materially affect, if not eventually end, its &l…
Eased Tensions Lower Chances of Iran Strike, Experts Say - By James Risen, New York Times
With the revival of talks — which went unexpectedly well — and domestic differences arising in Israel, the odds of imminent conflict have decreased, American officials say.
Spain in recession as austerity bites deep -Paul Day, Reuters
Spain sank into recession in the first quarter and economists said spending cuts aimed at meeting strict EU deficit limits, together with a reeling bank sector, would delay any return to growth until late this year or beyond.
The C.I.A.’s Misuse of Secrecy - By Jameel Jaffer / Nathan Freed Wessler, New York Times Op-Ed.
IN Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere the C.I.A. has used drones to kill thousands of people — including several Americans. Officials have aggressively defended the controversial program, telling journalists that it is effective, lawful and closely supervised.