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The World Today
For more than 60 years, The World Today has offered the best and brightest insights on current affairs--from the fallout of World War II, through the Cold War, and into the information age, the war on terror and the economic crisis. In an increasingly unpredictable world, The World Today presents authoritative analysis on a variety of current topics. It provides a vital background for experts, business planners, academics and those curious about the world we live in.
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By Paul Cornish
"The first duty of the sovereign," wrote Adam Smith in his Wealth of Nations, is "that of protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies"; a duty that "can be performed only by means of a military force." For well over two centuries Smith's aphorism has served as a reference point for the organisation and analysis of democratic government and found its way, in one form or another, into countless political speeches. Yet when Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government announced its legislative programme shortly after the general election in May, priorities seemed to have shifted. The second sentence of the Queen's Speech to Parliament on May 25 declared in stark terms that the new government's "first priority is to reduce the deficit and restore economic growth."
Which is it to be: national security and defence, or a healthy economy? Both are, of course, essential to the stability and success of a complex society: a country with a failed economy could hardly be described as secure, just as a country which is unable to secure its interests is unlikely to be economically successful for long. The challenge to the government is to demonstrate that it has the judgement and the competence--and perhaps the luck--to find a credible and durable balance between these two policy imperatives.
By Patrick Porter
The Soviet Union is gone. Continental Europe is pacified and under the shield of a large military alliance. The North American landmass enjoys the geopolitical fortune of distance, unthreatening neighbours and the military reach of a superpower. The Atlantic Ocean is secure.
Currently, pressing menaces to our way of life are played out through banks not tanks. Yet NATO is not content with this staggering historical success, it cannot get enough security. Hungry to justify its existence and fascinated with itself, it scans the horizon for threats and the shadows of threats.
By Alon Ben Meir
Turkey can deliver a clear and strong message to Iran: there is indeed a way out of isolation, before it is too late. The pressure on Iran has increased significantly with the adoption in June of a fourth round of sanctions by the United Nations Security Council, as well as more stringent measures, subsequently introduced by the United States, the European Union, Canada, Japan and Australia. The banking and energy sectors--and Iran's revolutionary guard--have been particularly affected.
As Tehran becomes increasingly cornered, it should be encouraged to break its international isolation. While in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared to soften his country's position on the nuclear dispute by suggesting that Tehran is ready to resume negotiations. Although Iranian officials deny that this apparent change of attitude has anything to do with the sanctions, there seems to be no doubt they are a factor.
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