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A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
By Richard Haass
FEBRUARY PRIZE FOR THE WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force
by Eliot A. Cohen
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” Theodore Roosevelt famously said in 1901, when the United States was emerging as a great power. It was the right sentiment, perhaps, in an age of imperial rivalry but today many Americans doubt the utility of their global military presence, thinking it outdated, unnecessary or even dangerous.
In The Big Stick, Eliot A. Cohen—a scholar and practitioner of international relations—disagrees. He argues that hard power remains essential for American foreign policy. While acknowledging that the US must be careful about why, when, and how it uses force, he insists that its international role is as critical as ever, and armed force is vital to that role.
Cohen explains that American leaders must learn to use hard power in new ways and for new circumstances. The rise of a well-armed China, Russia’s conquest of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, and the spread of radical Islamist movements like ISIS are some of the key threats to global peace. If the United States relinquishes its position as a strong but prudent military power, and fails to accept its role as the guardian of a stable world order we run the risk of unleashing disorder, violence and tyranny on a scale not seen since the 1930s. The US is still, as Madeleine Albright once dubbed it, “the indispensable nation.”
About the Author
Eliot A. Cohen is the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The prize-winning author of several books, including Conquered into Liberty, Cohen lives in the Washington, DC area.
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:
WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
Week of Jan 29-Feb 4, 2017
1. Concerns over climate change and the threat of nuclear weapons led the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to reset its “Doomsday Clock” to two and a half minutes to midnight. When was the last time the clock was set this close to midnight?
Correction Answer: B. 1953
2. Germany’s Social Democrats have chosen whom to run against current chancellor Angela Merkel?
A. Christoph Butterwegge
B. Martin Schultz
C. Albrecht Glaser
D. Alexander Hold
Correction Answer: B. Martin Schultz
3. The UK’s Supreme Court ruled that Parliament must vote to approve the UK’s exit from the European Union. This was a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to begin the Brexit process by March. Which article of the Treaty of Lisbon will Mrs. May use to trigger the process of her country’s withdrawal from the EU?
Correction Answer: D. 50
4. Citing, in part, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. president issued an executive order banning all entry to the U.S. by refugees and immigrants from seven nations including all of these EXCEPT?
Correction Answer: A. Pakistan
5. An American serviceman was killed in a US commando attack on al-Qaeda militants in which nation?
6. French voters chose whom as their candidate in the Socialist Party’s primary on Sunday?
A. Manuel Valls
B. Benoît Hamon
C. Arnaud Montebourg
D. Marine LePen
Correction Answer: B. Benoît Hamon
7. A water plume spotted at the Yongbyon nuclear reactor – where fissile material for nuclear weapons has been produced — indicates that the facility is once again operational, after having been shut down in 2015. Yongbyon is in which nation?
C. North Korea
Correction Answer: C. North Korea
8. Sumo wrestling crowned its grand champion, or yokozuna, this week. Breaking with a 19-year precedent, where is the most recent yokozuna from?
Correct Answer: B. Japan
9. Across Asia and in other parts of the world revelers marked the Lunar New Year. The year that began on January 28, 2017 is associated with which sign of the Chinese zodiac?
Correction Answer: D. Rooster
10. Since 2012 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to turn around an economy in which consumer prices keep falling; a report released this week shows that, as of December, there have been ten straight months of that same trend. What term do economists use to describe a fall in the price of goods and services?
Correction Answer: C. deflation
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