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Thought Talk: What would it mean for the global free market if authoritarian China became the largest economy?

China is the world’s second largest economy, behind the United States, and is the largest growing economy in the world.  Its status in terms of trading, exporting, and importing makes it one of the most important markets worldwide.  But China is still officially a communist country, with, on paper at least, a government-run economy.  As China bursts onto the world stage, many people wonder whether the world’s largest economy is safe in the hands of a country that routinely pollutes, violates human rights, and remains hostile to the tenets of democracy.  How would the global economy change if China’s headstrong and ambitious government became the new heavyweight?  What impacts would this emergence have on diplomacy and global security?

KS/APR/11

Posted in Economics, International Affairs2 Comments

Resolved, that Turkey should not have been granted membership to NATO.

After helping United Nations troops in the Korean conflict, Turkey was inducted into NATO in 1952. Turkey controls the straits between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, and acts as an “eastern anchor” for NATO. Proponents of the decision to grant Turkey membership explain that it is only fair for Turkey to be added as a member of NATO, because they aided UN forces in the Korean conflict. They also believe that no harm will be done if Turkey stays as a member of NATO, as Turkey is already contributing a great deal. However, opponents argue that the only members of NATO should be the Allied Forces (UK, France, Russia, US, etc.) of World War II, and that Turkey only entered the war on the allied side at the end. So, should Turkey’s membership be taken away or do they have every right to stay?

KS/MARCH 2011

Posted in Economics, International Affairs3 Comments

Resolved, that the United Nations Security Council should fund the Palestinian Authority.

In the ongoing process to achieve peace in the Middle East, it has been widely accepted that the Palestinian Authority is the party with which Israel will be able to successfully negotiate a peace. However, for the Palestinian Authority to maintain control, he needs money, consequently he is forced to rely on terrorists and appeasing those who are against peace. Consequently, some opine that the United Nation should fund the Palestinian Authority; doing so would free the PA from the shackle of conservative financial base. On the other hand, should the United Nations be empowering the PA to become more assertive and independent, at a time when compromise is so desperately needed? What it all comes down to is thus: would UN money help to ease a speedy resolution to the conflict which has been plaguing the Middle East for the past 60 years?

KS/MARCH 2011

Posted in International Affairs3 Comments

Resolved, that the International Criminal Court be dissolved.

Coming into existence on July 1st, 2002, the International Criminal Court is precisely what its name describes: a court made up of representatives of all signatories to the treaty creating the Court (the Rome Statute). It was initiated after the world saw the need to try war criminals after experiencing the horrors of Yugoslavia and Rwanda. On the one hand, this Court remains a strong force in countering the efforts of crimes against humanity everywhere. On the other hand, some say that the ICC should be abolished, since it doesn’t have control over some of the biggest human rights abusers in the world such as the United States, Russia, and China. Is the ICC worth retaining as a world institution, or is it merely another bureaucracy that unnecessarily expends world resources?

KS/MARCH 2011

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Resolved, that the United States return to a Two-China policy.

During the Cold War, the United State established a Two-China policy. The two Chinas were the massive communist mainland and the small nationalist island of Taiwan. Proponents of this course of action are also known as supporters of an independent Taiwanese nation. They strongly believe that the Taiwanese people have every right to establish their own democratic country that should be completely separated and out of control by the current communist Chinese government. However, many believe that if the United States was to return to a Two-China, our (economic) alliance and relationship with the Chinese mainland would worsen and eventually crumble. Since so many American companies have factories in China, where their products are made, the companies would not approve of returning to the previous policy as well. So, should the United States return to its Two-China policy, or continue with its current policy on China?

KS/MARCH 2011

Posted in Domestic Affairs, International Affairs3 Comments

Resolved, that achieving peace between Israel and Palestine be made the top priority of the Obama administration.

When President Obama took office in January of 2008, his administration inherited a whole host of problems. In the time since the inauguration, even more have emerged. Should a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace be made the top priority of those problems? Some would argue that achieving peace between the two would not only boost the President’s credibility abroad and back at home, but would ease world tensions. Others will argue that the economy and other domestic issues should take precedence over an issue half the world away. Given these opposing viewpoints, should Israeli-Palestinian peace be placed at the top of the Administration’s agenda or should that issues be relegated to a lower level of importance? Furthermore, what role–if any–should the US play in the widespread Arab unrest in the Middle East?

KS/MARCH 2011

Posted in Domestic Affairs, International Affairs0 Comments

Resolved, that world peace is only achievable under the auspices of a single world government.

Though world peace seems mythical at times, many believe that it is indeed attainable. However, can world peace exist with conflicting sovereign states? Many believe that only under a single ruling government can nations coexist without conflict. Considering the peace between the states under the U.S. Federal government, or many other countries around the world, peace appears to be achievable under a stable, powerful government. However, others argue against the feasibility of such a power, and do not believe that nations should give up their sovereignty. Furthermore, they postulate that the international community may be able to exist peacefully without subjecting itself to a world government. How can we achieve world peace, if same is even possible?

KS/MARCH 2011

Posted in International Affairs, Philosophical1 Comment

Thought Talk: Is the War on Terror winnable?

The War on Terror has been waging for many years now as a response to the attack on the World Trade Center by a terrorist group known as Al Qaeda. The War on Terror has been called a war of ideals, because the fight isn’t against a specific country or group. Al Qaeda has been named, among other groups, as a target of this war, but the real fight is one against the idea of terror. It is fought in the hearts and minds of people. Some believe that this war is an impossible one to win. They believe that there are too many people who hate America for too many varied reasons for them all to be converted to peace. Others believe that we must keep fighting, that we are making headway, and that giving up now would be a grave mistake. In this new kind of war, can we ever hope to really win?

KS/MARCH 2011

Posted in International Affairs, Military0 Comments

Resolved, that a unified African currency would lead to economic gain for the continent.

Africa today remains one of the world’s most economically underdeveloped continents. Many have proposed a unified African currency, much like the Euro in Europe, where a unified currency has eased trade, reduced currency competition, and has resulted in strong growth over the past decade. However, others point out the shortcomings of the Euro system, in which weakness in one part of the continent may bring down the Euro as a whole. Furthermore, others argue that it will infringe on economic sovereignty of the countries. How would a unified currency affect Africa?

KS/MARCH 2011

Posted in Economics, International Affairs0 Comments

Resolved, that the United States cease the usage of predator drones in Pakistan.

The Predator drone, also known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV for short), is one of the latest newly created military technology devices used in the war on terror.  Since the early 2000s, they have been primarily deployed into Iraq and Pakistan. Supporters of the UAVs explain that they are extremely beneficial in winning the War on Terror. However, the opponents argue that they cost more than they do. Those against the continuing use of predator drones believe that these new mechanical weapons are doing more harm than good. Also, these UAV’s can cause vast amounts a damage, it is responsible for countless civilian deaths, but at the same time has saved countless American soldiers, due to the fact that if the aircraft is destroyed, it will not directly injure someone in combat. So does the usage of predator drones have a positive impact on winning the war on terror, or are they a waste of the military budget?

KS/MARCH 2011

Posted in International Affairs, Military2 Comments