A Lecturer, Researcher at Global Political Studies, and Founder of Center for American Affairs
dewitri has written 25 posts for International Studies

Originally posted on World:
When U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Burma on Nov. 19, locals lined the streets, waving American flags that a couple years ago could have landed them in jail. “For many years, the U.S. flag meant defiance against the regime,” says Thiha Saw, a newspaper editor in Rangoon, the country’s largest…

Originally posted on Belfer In The News:
Declinist Pundits By Joseph S. Nye Foreign Policy “There is a simple three-step secret to success in political punditry: Identify a trend that is already happening, predict it will continue, and then, as the trend progresses, proclaim success. Of course, you have to make sure that you identify a…

Originally posted on World:
The U.S. “pivot” to East Asia is looking increasingly like a game of musical chairs. The military, diplomatic and economic shift, which President Obama first presented last fall, was envisioned as a response to the winding down of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the increasing military power of China. Last…

what is the highest priority from obama’s security interest ?

“we will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense. and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing, terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken–you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you” –President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009–

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Book Review: Consent of the Networked

By Julia Heath, May 28, 2012 Internet policy-making is fraught with contradiction, corruption, and colonialism. In Consent of the Networked, Rebecca MacKinnon has produced an incredibly well-researched account of these dilemmas, which is as deep as it is vast. She uses case studies from around the globe, illuminates essential human rights issues, and names key stakeholders … Continue reading

The Future of NATO

Author: James M. Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service, American University Overview When NATO’s founding members signed the North Atlantic Treaty on April 4, 1949, they declared themselves “resolved to unite their efforts for collective defense and for the preservation of peace and security.” The greatest threat to these objectives was a military attack by a … Continue reading

Book Review – The Future of Power

By Luke M. Herrington on May 24, 2012 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. “The future of Power“. New York: PublicAffairs. 2011. Joseph Nye is arguably the world’s preeminent scholar on power in international relations.  Known for his work on complex interdependence with Robert Keohane and his pioneering role in soft power, his most recent book, The … Continue reading

After Bo and Chen: How Beijing’s Intrigues Will Impact U.S.-China Relations

Originally posted on World:
TIME’s cover story this week (available to subscribers here), penned by our China bureau chief Hannah Beech, traces two separate yet equally convoluted political intrigues that have rocked Beijing and, as Beech writes, “riveted the world.” The first is the scandal of Bo Xilai, the charismatic politico and Communist Party scion…

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