In business, it’s one thing to be bad at a job that has to exist, or to be good at a job that doesn’t need to exist, but it’s hard to justify keeping a worker who is bad at a job that shouldn’t exist. On a slightly related note, that’s kind of how I feel about… Read More Having the Wrong Debate the Wrong Way
As part of the Center for the Study of American Democracy’s conference this week, students and faculty were treated to a panel discussion from Branko Milanovic, Ben White and Charles Horner (see here for our interview with Horner). Milanovic is a Serbian economist specializing on inequality and development who is currently a visiting professor at… Read More CSAD: Global Perspectives on Inequality
Darya Tsymbalyuk ’13 is an artist and activist involved with the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine. She recently spoke with Julieanna Luo ’17 about her experience. The day we had our first snow of the year, I wandered into Palme and stumbled on a postcard by a student named Darya outside of Professor Suggs’s office. The… Read More OBSERVER EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Darya Tsymbalyuk
On August 20th, 2012, President Barack Obama declared that the use of chemical weapons would constitute the crossing of a “red line” that “would change [his] calculus” in intervening in Syria’s Civil War. The conflict has grown and evolved in the past year: Over 100,000 people are now dead, two million have sought refuge beyond… Read More President Obama, the Syrian Civil War and Fateful Indecision
On Saturday, President Obama surprised many, including his own senior advisors, by announcing that he would seek Congressional approval to engage in air strikes against the Syrian government as a response to evidence showing that Bashar al-Assad’s regime used Sarin gas in an August 21st attack. It appears increasingly likely that Congress will vote against the… Read More Please Proceed, Congress
When you hear people shouting the words ‘gas’ or ‘chemicals’ — and you hear those shouts spreading among the people — that is when terror begins to take hold, especially among the children and the women. Your loved ones, your friends, you see them walking and then falling like leaves to the ground. It is… Read More Sarin Over Syria
Two international news stories came bursting out of the strange carnival world that is the former Soviet Union in the last day or so really captured my interest and seemed worth sharing. First up, the so-called “King of the Russian Mob,” Aslan Usoyan – or “Grandpa Hassan” if you knew him well – was shot… Read More “Grandpa Hassan” Meets His Maker, Georgian Prosecutor’s Office Reveals Gay Honey Trap
Simon Hoellerbauer is a sophomore MLL major born in Austria. He has lived in Ohio since 1998. A member of the audience, along with Dr. Jim Zogby, criticized John Agresto at yesterday morning’s panel on the Arab Spring, both for implying that Arab culture is incompatible with democracy and for using language that bordered on… Read More Guest Post: Responding to Criticism of John Agresto at Yesterday Morning’s Panel
“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he might buy an ugly hat, but he’ll also eat for a lifetime.” – Anonymous This morning’s panel highlighted the difference between institution-based and civic-based forms of democracy promotion.
This afternoon, the Center for the Study of American Democracy continued with its second afternoon panel, “Democracy Promotion Beyond the Middle East,” where panelists addressed not only this topic, but also issues brought up earlier in the conference. Morton H. Halperin, Nadia Diuk, Adam Przeworski and John D. Sullivan each offered their own unique perspective… Read More CSAD Afternoon Panel #2: The Intent of Democracy Promotion
Today’s first afternoon panel of the Center for the Study of American Democracy’s bi-annual conference hinged on whether or not democracy promotion is in America’s interest. Panelists included Michael E. O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, J. Scott Carpenter, Principal of Google Ideas, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and… Read More CSAD Afternoon Panel #1: The Failures of Democratization
This morning at the CSAD conference panel “Assessing the Arab Spring and Democracy in the Middle East” panelists broadly addressed the recent uprisings in the Middle East. Panelists included Danya Greenfield, deputy director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, Karan Bhatia, General Electric vice president and senior counsel… Read More CSAD Quick Reaction: Assessing the Arab Spring and Democracy in the Middle East
The CSAD conference continued today, launched by morning remarks with Elliott Abrams and Nicholas Burns. I’d like to focus on the speakers’ insistence that American foreign policy relies on a balance between American interests and ideals. That’s a broad theme to cover, but as the Observer’s Tess Waggoner noted in her article in this week’s… Read More CSAD Morning Remarks: Interests or Ideals? An Overly Simplistic Dichotomy
With CSAD’s conference well underway, a synopsis of discussions featuring Zalmay Khalilzad, Tony Smith and Elliott Abrams. Remaking nations in America’s image isn’t going to be easy. That much is obvious.
Tonight, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad kicked off the Center for the Study of American Democracy’s conference with a keynote address on the question of whether or not the United States should promote democracy abroad. Khalilzad, an international relations expert, served as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, Iraq and Afghanistan under the Bush administration.… Read More CSAD Keynote Address: A Quick Review
The Kenyon Observer is pleased to announce that it will be providing reactions to each of the talks taking place over the course of the next three days as part of the Center for the Study of American Democracy’s conference on American promotion of democracy. Keep an eye out for forthcoming commentary!
Last night, Agora, the Kenyon Democrats and the Kenyon Observer hosted a great discussion ahead of next week’s Center for the Study of American Democracy conference, entitled “should America promote democracy abroad?” The interesting and informal conversation asked both that question itself as well as what that question means: what do we mean by democracy?
The AV is TKO’s occasional foray into politics via multimedia. This video contains disturbing footage Shameful stuff. The video (one of five) is part of a fascinating article on the rise of mercenary soldiers by Charles Glass in this past week’s Harper’s magazine. The article is eerily appropriate for the coming CSAD conference. Glass describes… Read More [UPDATED] The AV: Blackwater Mercenaries Firing at Iraqi Civilians