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."
Will Obama Go Big or Base on Budget?
Huffington Blog Post
March 4, 2014
"Federal budget plans are about much more than dollars and cents. The proposals provide a glimpse into the types of policies a leader favors and how much he or she is willing to risk to advance them.
Recently, two men have come forward with big proposals in an extremely risk-averse Washington. The president's budget, which is due to be released on Tuesday, will provide him with the opportunity to go big as well. For the country's sake he should use the platform to show that he is able to come up with big ideas that can draw in both sides of a divided government."
Engaging Latin America
Class at GW's GSPM
Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 10, 2014
My class at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management on Engaging Latin America is focused on best to advocate in the region with a special focus on Brazil. My students enjoyed hearing insights from Governor Geraldo Alckmin from the State of Sao Paulo, the 19th largest economy in the world.