Tag Archives: Diplomacy

Third strike | What to expect after John Bolton’s exit

Third strike | What to expect after John Bolton’s exit

John Bolton’s successor as national security adviser is unlikely to change America’s foreign policy FOR THREE years President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has seesawed between threats to bomb enemies and moon-shot diplomacy. The president has flirted with nuclear war with North Korea, only to become the first sitting president to step onto its soil. He has …

Schumpeter | The Redmond doctrine

Schumpeter | The Redmond doctrine

Lessons from Microsoft’s corporate foreign policy IS MICROSOFT A digital nation and does it have a secretary of state? The answer of Brad Smith, the software giant’s top lawyer, is, well, diplomatic. Nation states are run by governments and firms need to be accountable to them, he says. But yes, he admits, he worries a lot …

Mind control | Artificial intelligence and war

Mind control | Artificial intelligence and war

As computers play a bigger role in warfare, the dangers to humans rise THE CONTEST between China and America, the world’s two superpowers, has many dimensions, from skirmishes over steel quotas to squabbles over student visas. One of the most alarming and least understood is the race towards artificial-intelligence-enabled warfare. Both countries are investing large sums …

Business this week

Business this week

America officially categorised China as a currency manipulator forthe first time in 25 years, after the yuan weakened past the psychologically significant mark of seven to the dollar, the lowest point for the Chinese currency since the financial crisis. The yuan trades narrowly in China around an exchange rate set by the central bank. It dismissed the …

Huck meets Kim · Rudyard Kipling and the American imagination

Huck meets Kim · Rudyard Kipling and the American imagination

He thought he was the man to write the Great American Novel If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years. By Christopher Benfey. Penguin Press; 256 pages; $28. “KIM”, RUDYARD KIPLING’S tale of an Anglo-Irish boy’s journey through British India (published in 1901), recalls another literary odyssey. Huckleberry Finn floats down the Mississippi river with Jim, a runaway …