"President Obama appears to be using a strategic approach to the Ukrainian situation that is similar in many respects to that employed by his Democratic Party predecessor, President John F. Kennedy, in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. In both cases, the two leaders were dealing with secret, unexpected, armed missions launched by aggressive Russian leaders against Western interests, with little precedent in both cases on how to handle the crises. Obviously the Cuban missile affair was a far more perilous showdown than what is now happening in the Ukraine. The Cuban affair had doomsday-type consequences. The invasion of Crimea does not entail any possibility of nuclear exchanges between two nations. But in other respects, there are parallels for Obama."
Read Schlesinger's full piece here.
“I’ve certainly given a lot of consideration, so has the Washington Post, to legal risks and exposure and staying on the right side of the line,” Gellman explained during a panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center. "And I don’t rule out that there is legal exposure either criminally in an unlikely case or rather more likely civil compulsion. Just because Edward Snowden has outted himself doesn’t mean every part of my iteration or my reporting around these documents has been disclosed or I’d be willing to disclose any more of it.”
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"This leads into broader questions about how these leaks affect U.S. foreign policy, which are the topic of a debate in the new issue of Foreign Affairs between Michael Cohen of the Century Foundation, and Martha Finnemore and I. On the one side of this debate, there are arguments that leaks like these don’t really have major long-term consequences. Cohen believes that the leaks illustrate that what the United States says more or less matches up to what it does in private, and that even if they did provide proof of U.S. hypocrisy, it wouldn’t really change other states’ behavior. Finnemore and I, in contrast, think that these kinds of leaks may make U.S. foreign policy substantially more difficult, because they both damage U.S. legitimacy, and make it harder for other states to pretend that they don’t know what the United States is in fact doing."
Read the full response here.
What happens when an "uncatchable" drug kingpin gets caught? TCF senior fellow and international crime expert Patrick Radden Keefe shares his thoughts on the case of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán with CNN's Jake Tapper.
Watch the interview between Tapper and Keefe at CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis’ latest article in the Boston Globe looks at the role of Syria’s medical system in the region’s ongoing conflict. “Until recently, medical care was something of a bright spot in the history of conflict,” Cambanis writes.
Read the full article at the Boston Globe.
It’s been a big week for The Century Foundation. Senior fellow Barton Gellman was named a winner of the George Polk Award, one of the highest honors in journalism. Meanwhile, fellow Harold Pollack received the Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation. Finally, #TCFBest said goodbye to Blog of the Century mainstay Ben Landy, who leaves The Century Foundation to join a great group of writers and editors at MSNBC.READ MORE
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