Polaris A Takshashila Institution Blog on International Politics and Security

Linkfest: January 21, 2009

  • A good overview of the Sri Lankan civil war as it stands, but the author seems to underestimate the boundless tenacity of the LTTE.
  • Inder Malhotra corrects some errors and reminds people of India’s earliest forays into realpolitik.
  • B. Raman discusses Britain’s stellar record in ignoring homegrown jihadism. 
  • Joseph Nye elaborates upon smart power – a term he has taken credit for coining – which gained prominence during Hillary Clinton’s recent confirmation hearings. This policy of ‘good cop-bad cop’ America leads the ‘Kennan sweepstakes’ for the next big catchphrase to encapsulate the United States’ foreign policy doctrine.
  • Barack Obama’s inauguration speech was censored in China. Too bad, since some of it appeared to be aimed at Beijing (or at least, that’s what I thought at the time).
  • In The Wall Street Journal, Juan Williams warns that Americans should not be swayed by the triumph over racism, implicit in the election of Barack Obama; instead, they should judge the new president on his performance. Indians are ahead of the curve on this one.

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