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Gangsters and Weak States

[ 0 ] May 26, 2009 |

Last week I spoke with Vanda Felbab-Brown of Brookings about gangsters, pirates, insurgents, and weak states. Here we talk a bit about the violence of the Mexican drug cartels:

Vanda also has a paper on the Mexican drug cartels from Brookings that’s worth your valuable time.

Maritime Bloggingheads

[ 0 ] February 10, 2009 |

Galrahn and I sat down last week and diavlogged about all things maritime. He’s our discussion of the “rise” of Chinese naval power:

We also talk about piracy, Robert Gates, and public relations. Check it out.

David Frum is on Crack

[ 0 ] January 19, 2009 |


Watch Frum claim that the West Bank is not under occupation, and then watch Frum get his ass handed to him. In addition to the substantial portions of the West Bank that are literally being occupied by Israelis right now, the West Bank as a whole is almost entirely under Israeli military jurisdiction, and Palestinian political authorities are sharply circumscribed in their range of action.

…the war may not have had the desired effect on Kadima’s electoral prospects:

The first polls taken after the cease-fire took effect indicated that the Right in general and the Likud in particular had been helped by the war.

A Channel 2/Ma’agar Mohot poll predicted that the Right-Center bloc would win 65 seats and the Left-Center bloc 55. A Channel 10/Dialog poll put the divide at 64-56. The first poll predicted a 31-23 Likud victory over Kadima, while the latter said Likud would win 29-26.

That said, I don’t know what the polls prior to Operation Cast Lead indicated.

Hamas, Hezbollah, and so forth

[ 0 ] January 13, 2009 |

I diavlogged with Eli Lake last week:

Jeremiah Wright=Falstaff?

[ 0 ] January 5, 2009 |

Eve Fairbanks and I diavlogged yesterday on, among other things, the critical issue of whether Barack Obama or George W. Bush more resembles Prince Hal of Henry IV parts 1 and 2:

Beutler BH

[ 0 ] December 6, 2008 |

I didn’t even have to get shot to get on Bloggingheads…

Arrrrrr!!!!!!!

[ 0 ] December 1, 2008 |

Matt Duss and I diavlog away, touching upon such subjects as piracy, the Clash of Civilizations, turkey, the Sound of Music, and Matt’s prospects for replacing Alan Colmes:

Walt on Foreign Policy Challenges

[ 0 ] November 14, 2008 |

Good diavlog. Watch the rest.

Alterman vs. Hitch

[ 51 ] October 17, 2008 |

Christopher Hitchens has returned from an alternate dimension, bringing a tale of terror and woe. Actually, that would explain a lot…

If someone hacked Hitch’s gmail account and activated Mail Goggles, how long would it take the rest of the world to notice his absence?

Ackerman from Afghanistan

[ 5 ] September 30, 2008 |

Last week, Spencer Ackerman and I diavlogged about Afghanistan. Spencer was in Kabul at the time; I was merely in Cincinnati…

Also check out Spencer’s Afghanistan coverage at the Washington Independent.

NATO and Moral Hazard

[ 0 ] September 27, 2008 |

This diavlog is tagged “Liberal vs. Libertarian Foreign Policy”; I guess I’m not convinced that there’s such a thing as a libertarian foreign policy (seems all warmed over realism to me), but then again I tend to be suspicious of claims that the word policy can be accurately used to characterize the anything that libertarians come up with. In any case, Preble does seem to get the moral hazard aspects of letting Georgia into NATO correct. But then Hurlburt correctly points out that not every alliance results in reckless behavior; Preble doesn’t have much of a response to that.

More Blather About Georgia

[ 0 ] August 11, 2008 |


For alcoholics, angry loners, and the unemployable who happen to have 50 minutes to kill…. Heilbrunn is a little bit more Realist than myself, but I think that we have pretty similar instincts regarding the crisis. On the other hand, we disagreed about the appropriateness of the John Edwards coverage; that comes in about the last five minutes or so.

In other news, the Georgians appear to be displeased at the lack of a more forceful American response. This, as much as anything, gives an indication as to what Georgia thought it was buying with its Iraq deployment:

As a Russian jet bombed fields around his village, Djimali Avago, a Georgian farmer, asked me: “Why won’t America and Nato help us? If they won’t help us now, why did we help them in Iraq?”

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