We are meeting on Tue Jan 27 for discussion on A Team of Rivals, about Lincoln's cabinet. Feel free to drop by even if you have not read the book, I think it will be a really interesting discussion.http://www.meetup.com/praguepring/calendar/9037399/
After this historical perspective we'll be taking at a glance the problems that Bush leaves behind, and use David Sanger's Inheritance as a guide. http://www.meetup.com/praguepring/calendar/9527933/
The main theme is of lost opportunities, i.e. being focused on Iraq Bush allowed numerous other problems to fester and grow.
Chief among them are:
1. Iran: they are building the nukes and the Bush administration are running covert operations. What are the implications, and how to effectively counter the threat? Can the world allow a nuclear Iran, and if so, should it?http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/washington/11iran.html?_r=1
2. Pakistan: is embroiled in internal conflict, the central government is not much in control, what are the risks to the nuclear arsenal, or that of Pakistan collapsing?http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E01EFD6163AF932A25752C0A96F9C8B63
3. Afghanistan and North Korea: the Taliban is resurgent and the nuclear deal with Kim Jong Il has fallen apart, what are the consequences of that?http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE2D7143BF932A2575AC0A96E9C8B63
4. lastly, the biggest advantage in all this has surely gone to China. While the U.S. has and continues to waste resources in Iraq China has grown considerably strongerhttp://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/weekinreview/03sanger.html
these articles are simply a guide, in the metup event website, I also have a number of links to interviews with Charlie Rose which will provide some back drop of the issues.
This will be more of a general discussion, so articles from the Economist (or elsewhere) are also welcome. I hope many of you can make it.