Month: November 2013

Woodrow Wilson and the United States of Arabia

David Gardner, Woodrow Wilson commissioned a group to see what the Arabs wanted post WW1. The outcome of this King-Crane report: the Arabs wanted a United States of Arabia. Instead they got the European Nation-State, a distinctly different creature, imposed upon it by the victorious French & British. The nation state is a European invention, …

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Chinese schizophrenia

Gideon, the situation in the South China sea and around the contested JP/CN islands gives me much pause. I’m guessing “intense discussion” is  British understatement for “fierce disagreement” when it comes to how to strengthen China’s global position. There is no explanation for China’s behaviour along its borders other than to assume that there are …

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