May 21, 2013 |
Adm. Dennis Blair was director of national intelligence from January 2009 to May 2010 and was head of the U.S. Pacific Command from February 1999 to May 2002. Jon Huntsman Jr. was governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009 and U.S. ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011. At a time when the U.S. economy is struggling to provide jobs, the hemorrhage of intellectual property (IP) — our most important international competitive advantage — is a national crisis. Nearly every U.S. business sector — advanced materials, electronics,...
September 1, 2011 |
"A chronic shortage of engineering students threatens America's role as the world's leading innovator and continues to impede our nation's fragile economic recovery," wrote Paul Otellini, a member of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness , in a recent opinion piece for The Washington Post. The council is holding a series of meetings to find ways to fix a perceived national problem: an engineering shortage . Otellini and the council claim that such a shortage seriously...
February 10, 2012 |
This month marks the 40th anniversary of an event so unexpected that it created a phrase that's become part of our political lexicon: The shorthand is "Nixon goes to China," meaning a moment in which a leader reverses his past positions to do something that is shocking but beneficial. Richard Nixon is hardly a role model, overall; he was a devious president who encouraged illegal actions by his subordinates. But he was a clever strategist — never more so than in the opening to China that culminated in his February 1972...
January 21, 2012 |
Shortly before Taiwan's presidential election last weekend, Tsai Eng Meng, a local billionaire who spends most of his time in China, jumped in his Gulfstream 200 corporate jet and flew home to cast his vote. More than 200,000 other Taiwanese businessmen based in China also rushed back, contributing to a comfortable victory by an incumbent president committed to rapprochement with China. Tsai's role in prodding Taiwan closer to China, however, is far bigger than just his ballot.
May 23, 2012 |
There has been much speculation about power struggles in China in the wake of the ouster of Bo Xilai , the powerful Communist Party boss of Chongqing who used populism, money and intrigue to rise to the top. Had he not been brought down this year — by a series of mistakes, revelations and bad luck — Bo might have rattled the technocratic-authoritarian system running the country. China might well survive its political crisis, but it faces a more immediate challenge: an economic crisis.
September 9, 2011 |
Imagine that the twin towers still dominated the Manhattan skyline. Imagine that the Pentagon's western facade had remained intact. Imagine that there was no reason to build a memorial in Shanksville, Pa. And imagine that the numbers 9 and 11 meant nothing more than an emergency telephone call. The world changed on Sept. 11, 2001, that much is clear. But how much, and how radically? Historians and novelists love constructing "what if" scenarios: What if Hitler had won...