synthesis - policy vs. attitude - mind the gap & entropic policy

Jan 01, 2010, 12:01 ET from synthesis

SEATTLE, Jan. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The following blog posts were published on December 28 & 30, 2009, by Shafeen Charania, author of the synthesis blog, winner of the 2008 Weblog award for best new blog, and's 25 best blogs of 2009.

American foreign policy is all about minding (or managing) the gap - it hinges on the premise that US success requires every "them" to look like "US" - it is more "Soviet" than the Soviets were. Like the Soviets, America prefers to use force as the first resort and diplomacy simply to manage perception.

China and India on the other hand are approaching their foreign policy based on a strategy of sustainable commercial partnerships that help all involved parties.

There are ways for America to invest in the Middle East that would create sustained cultural understanding, improve how America is regarded globally, and even help stimulate the American economy. It is much less costly than war and much more productive for peace.

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