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New Statesman

Analysis & Opinions - New Statesman

Why sentiment, not statistics, will sway the next Scottish referendum

| Mar. 17, 2017

This week, we discovered that Nicola Sturgeon’s answer to new divisions, grievances and borders is . . . more divisions, grievances and borders. Since the vote on 23 June last year, it has become fashionable for some on the “liberal left” south of the border to cope with their Brexit grief by supporting, for Scotland, more nationalism as the answer to nationalism. According to this perspective, the rise of nationalism across Europe is negative, except on this island.

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Analysis & Opinions - MSNBC.com

Nicholas Burns: Trump's Wiretap Allegation Is "The Most Dishonest Statement that the President Has Made"

| Mar. 16, 2017

"When in American history has a president accused his predecessor of a felony, of breaking the law? This is unfair to President Obama, who did no such thing. It's unfair to the American people that our president -- our current president -- would stoop so low. And then to prevaricate again and to allege again that there's information forthcoming. This is not serious. It's not how a president should act. It's shameful behavior."

An Egyptian farmer carries his daughter in front of wheat crops on his land in Kafr Hamouda village, in Zagazig, 63 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Cairo, Egypt.

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Event Podcast: Philippe Fargues "Population, Generation and Nation: Understanding the Arab World Through Demography"

| March 15, 2017

Audio recording of a January 25, 2017 MEI Speaker Series event with Dr. Philippe Fargues, Founding Director of the Migration Policy Centre and Professor at the European University Institute, and MEI Associate.

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Trump’s cuts would cripple the country’s diplomats when we need them most

| March 4, 2017

The Trump Administration’s threatened 37 percent budget cuts for the State Department and USAID, the most severe for any federal agency.  Professor Burns warns if these reductions are implemented, they will cripple the Foreign and Civil Service when we need them the most to cope with a weakening Europe, violent Middle East and strategic challenges to U.S. power from Russia and China.  He warns that this is simply not a sensible or wise path.

As President Kennedy said more than a half century ago:  “Diplomacy and defense are not substitutes for one another.  Either alone would fail.”