Even before the election, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, in a provocative new bestselling book, saw an unstable world in disarray. He tells Jim that since November 8, Trump’s unpredictable approach suggesting a trade war with China, a hard line on immigration, tilting towards Putin in a dramatic revision of long standing U.S. foreign policies may have indeed made matters worse.
Trump said he wants to ramp up our nuclear arsenal as he bids for a better relationship with Putin. Meanwhile, North Korea says its ICBM launch has reached the final stage. Council on Foreign Relations nuclear policy expert Rebecca Lissner tells that we urgently need a “grand strategy” to deal with an alarming threat.
During the campaign, President-elect Trump evoked a seething anger among working class Americans, claiming that China had stolen American jobs, and had cheated on trade in the global economy. His answer, which would surely invite retaliation, was to impose a 45% tariff on China-made goods imported into the United States, . Former Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Robert Hormats tells Jim that our economic relations are so intertwined that a China trade war would be only counter-productive.
On September 28 tens of thousands of student-led Chinese took to the Hong Kong streets to protest Beijing-imposed limitations on voting rights. They were met with police tear gas, which the protesters warded off with umbrellas, declaring that they would not be moved. China expert Elizabeth Economy tells Jim that she sees little hope of true reform, but is guardedly optimistic that the “occupy Central” movement will produce some degree of change, and not end in Tiananmen-style violence .
China has embarked upon a startling acquisition spree in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, in a relentless quest for minerals, raw materials and energy resources that has the foreign policy community raising its eyebrows, Council on Foreign Relations experts Liz Economy and Michael Levi talk their new red-hot book and tell Jim what there is in China’s actions they worry about.
On November 14, China unveiled its new generation of leaders with an announcement via Twitter. Does the regime’s newly minted connection to the Net presage significant political and economic reforms? Council on Foreign Relations China expert Elizabeth Economy tells Jim that China needs to rid itself of systemic corruption.
When charismatic China politician Bo Xilai stepped on too many toes during a power change, the government ousted him from his top party posts, charged his wife with murder and shut down the websites that supported him. As Israel weighs its options to throttle Iran’s nuclear threat, Israelis launch an Israel Loves Iran website to bypass their leaders and connect directly with the Iranian people. James Hoge tells of digital power in a dangerous world.
Adam, a top cyber-war strategist, assesses the escalation in China’s cyber-attacks on U.S. interests and argues that as China steps up the hacking, America must change its game plan, shore up its defenses and counterattack.
China has almost 500 million citizens using the Net. Yet, the government blocks or filters many sites and keywords. The Council on Foreign Relations China hand has just returned from Beijing where she saw a more humbled and fearful China. She tells Jim that its bloggers will survive the censor.
Hillary Clinton says that the cornerstone of American statecraft is the “freedom to connect.” Chinas Internet usage is soaring. Will the Net really lead China to a more open society? Ian tells Jim Zirin where the US-China relation is really headed.
Only the eighth man to hold the post, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon struggles to make his voice count for peace in a cacophonous world. He tells of the challenges and successes of the office FDR called the “world’s moderator.”
Chinese hackers recently attacked Google, but no one knows for sure who did it. Cyber- warfare represents a real threat to the Nations interests. What are the attackers motives? Must we heighten our state of readiness?
With the Yuan pegged low, China has the largest economic growth rate in the world, but is at the same time plagued by seemingly insurmountable domestic problems, including environmental protection, political dissidence and a closed Net.
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