Engagement amid austerity: making the case for inter’l spending in a world of tight budgets | Cat’s daily selection of top links FromOverHere #70

9 May

Today’s hot links on strategy and international affairs:

1. Vive Hollande: cutting assessment of Cameron’s approach to backing the wrong French horse; euronews’ view of a more collectivist and less muscular foreign politicy; plus how Obama will miss Sarkozy

2. Plus ca change: Putin’s top foreign policy priorities. Plus a broader view on the 11 executive orders outlining Putin’s strategic aims in foreign, domestic, social and military policy. These include a laudable but eyebrow-raising goal of moving Russia up by 100 places on the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” list from its current 120th spot to the 20th by 2018

3. Engagement Amid Austerity: a Centre for American Progress bipartisan Senior Working Group makes the case for protecting international aid given an environment of possible swingeing budget cuts in January and likely continued pressure on the budget. Particularly interesting idea around: Creating an International Affairs Realignment Commission – needed in the UK as well?

4. US and Turkey: CFR working group’s ideas on how to manage a strategic relationship that is getting more important although more difficult

5. The strategic challenges in the EU-Brazil Relationship: if this is a strategic speech, God help us. Fails to identify opportunities, inspire or really look to the future.  This is the kind of foreign policy area where the EU’s External Action Service should really be making a difference

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