As Ukraine Heats Up, America Must Take the Lead
Foreign Policy Opinion Piece
July 18, 2014
At the beginning of the last century, President Theodore Roosevelt launched the United States onto the world stage with the call to "speak softly and carry a big stick." President George W. Bush perhaps forgot the part about speaking softly. President Barack Obama appears to have misplaced the stick.
In an overreaction to what many viewed as an excessively aggressive stance, we are clearly seeing the costs of believing that America can step back and have someone else pick up the slack. As Winston Churchill observed, "When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber."
As the world heats up, it is time for America to step up.
Speech: ISEM Fashion Business School
New York City
Photo (© Kennedy) - New York
July 16, 2014
I enjoyed engaging with students from the ISEM Fashion Business School from Madrid, Spain. We had a vibrant exchange on the path to winning in life and in fashion.
Comments from Leonor Silva, the program organizer: "Thank you so much for such a wonderful class today. You've given us all great advice for life in general, not just business. Your presentation was very refreshing and motivating. Hopefully we will all put your advice into practice and find ourselves completely satisfied in our rocking chairs when we're old."
My Summer Reading List
Foreign Policy Post
Photo (© Kennedy) - Madrid
July 11, 2014
- Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton.
- Duty, Robert Gates.
- The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson.
"As the world evolves from the United States as the unipolar power to a global economic landscape of multiple, more evenly balanced economic powers, history suggests a more uncertain and potentially hostile future. Not only have multiple nations jostling for power historically led to conflict, but the rise of new powers has typically sparked great conflagrations.
The shadow of foreign turmoil is lurking ever more ominous in Syria, Iraq, and disputed islands in the Pacific. The changing global landscape makes leading the world to consensus on these and other matters ever more challenging."
World Cup More Than a Game for Dilma Rousseff
Huffington Blog Post
June 13, 2014
"Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was on hand for Thursday's World Cup opener in São Paulo cheering on the home team, which is without a doubt the republic's most popular state entity. Thanks to a fortuitous (or questionable depending upon your perspective) foul in the penalty box that led to a go-ahead goal by phenom Neymar, Brazil was able to secure a 3-1 victory over Croatia.
For the sake of Dilma's political ambitions later this year, Brazil's luck had better continue. Voters will head to the polls on October 5 to decide whether she deserves another term in office, and a poor showing on the international stage could hurt her chances."
The EU Elections Were a Cry for Reform
Foreign Policy Article
Photo (© Kennedy) Frankfurt
May 30, 2014
"The headlines in London heralded the jubilant Euro-skeptic parties' surging success in this weekend's European Union Parliamentary elections and the political "earthquake" that has shaken the continent. Anti-EU parties received the most votes here in the United Kingdom, and were the top choice in Denmark, France, and Greece as well.
Many analysts have pointed to anti-immigrant, anti-EU, anti-incumbent, anti-austerity, partisan preference, or a desire to regain sovereignty as drivers of the skeptics' support. However, a deeper analysis suggests that at its core, the results represent a cry for collaborative action to achieve pro-growth reforms."