December 15, 2011
Regarding Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal's Dec. 9 op-ed, " Obama shifts toward containment ": The Obama administration's shift from preventing a nuclear Iran to promising to "isolate" a nuclear Iran is not just an abdication of global leadership, it is also an example of wishful thinking. Not only would a nuclear-armed Iran spark an arms race across the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, it would also leave Tehran emboldened to aggressively expand its power and influence across the region, with little fear of...
January 19, 2013 |
PRESIDENT OBAMA took office in 2009 with a soaring message of inclusiveness and optimism that proved overly ambitious in the bleak economy he inherited. As he swears his oath for a second time, the nightmarish collapse is a memory, thanks in part to his leadership, and the potential for growth and renewal very real. We hope, given the opportunity, he will rededicate himself to being a president who is bigger than party and above partisan squabbling. Americans remain pessimistic or at best fretful, but on balance there's no country with which they ought to want to...
March 1, 2009 |
With the American superpower trapped between two wars abroad and economic crisis at home, the time could be ripe for a new force to assume the mantle of global leadership. How about Bangladesh? It's not as nutty as it sounds. Economists Vijaya Ramachandran and Enrique Rueda-Sabater propose a simple system for deciding who gets to run the world. Call it the Two Percent Doctrine: If your country has either 2 percent of the planet's people or 2 percent of the world's gross domestic product, you're in, a proud member of a committee...
January 25, 2013 |
Our military and national security interests are at a critical juncture. As a former colleague of Chuck Hagel's, I know that he is a good man with a record of service and sacrifice that deserves respect. While his service is commendable, the lens through which his nomination as defense secretary must be considered needs to be both broader and more refined. Whether he is the right person to lead the Defense Department should be determined by his judgment, his fundamental view of America's role in the world and his...
January 29, 2010 |
In the State of the Union Address last Wednesday, President Obama said ?the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy and America must be that nation.? At the same time, on the other coast, 75 clean energy investors, entrepreneurs, and researchers were debating whether the U.S. can gain this leadership position. They agreed that even though Silicon Valley leads the world in technology, it is not clear if it will ever lead in Cleantech.
April 19, 2009
As the heroic captain Richard Phillips reminded us when he offered himself instead of his crew to the pirates, sea captains, like all good leaders, are expected to sacrifice themselves and their personal interests to protect those under their command. What are other examples of leaders who have succeeded or failed to live up to this obligation? Retired Navy Capt. Bob Schoultz directs the master of science in global leadership program at the University of San Diego's School of Business Administration.