WPR Articles 21 Apr 2012 - 27 Apr 2012
So-called hacktivists, who combine computer hacking with social, political and economic protest, have straddled the line between criminal behavior and political protest for years. But their success in launching high-profile attacks on organizations as diverse as the FBI, CIA, MasterCard and the Vatican has captured the attention of government officials in ways that traditional political protests do not.
A lack of institutionalization means that Chinese policy approaches are often fragmented and factionalized, both in terms of ideological formulation and implementation. Today, China's polity seems at a crossroads, no longer wedded to the heavily centralized, introverted strategic planning structures of the socialist years, but as yet unable to articulate responses to the dynamic transnational threats it faces in the 21st century.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Army War College's annual Strategy Conference sought to analyze how the U.S. military needs to adapt to an era of constrained resources and a changing global security environment. Titled the "Future of U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities," the conference comes at a time when the U.S. is undertaking its fourth post-World War II defense drawdown.
In the annals of "strange bedfellow" political encounters, the recent broadcast in which WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange interviewed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah stands out as a remarkable episode. On closer examination, however, the debut episode of Assange's show, "The World Tomorrow," on the Kremlin-funded RT network, which featured Nasrallah as its first guest, in fact makes a lot of sense.
Vladimir Putin will be inaugurated to serve a third term as Russia's president next month. Far from being a triumphal restoration of his rightful role, however, Putin's return to the presidency is a tacit admission of failure. Putin and his associates have not yet succeeded in achieving the truest mark of success for any political regime: the ability to pass the system intact to a next generation of leadership.