Archive for the ‘International Relations’ Category


Obama, Huckabee Win First Round

Written on January 4, 2008 by DeansTalk in International Relations

Felicia Appenteng



Today marks an important and exciting day in American history as Democratic Senator Barack Obama and former Governor Mike Huckabee win the Iowa caucus in their respective parties.  Click here to watch Huckabee’s victory speech and click here to watch Obama’s victory speech. 

If you would like to learn more about the views of each candidate, please click Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee to see an overview created by the Council on Foreign Relations

To read the analysis of New York Times columnist, David Brooks, click here "The Two Earthquakes". 


A Vote for Latin

Written on December 4, 2007 by Felicia Appenteng in Arts & Cultures & Societies, International Relations

Felicia Appenteng

Latinstone_2 A recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, examines the political candidates for the 2008 Presidential Race in a very unique light.  The piece was written by Harry Mount, an author and a journalist, about the importance of the study of Latin.  Click here to read this fascinating article and Latin readers can click here to read the article in Latin.  Harry Mount has also written Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life, as well as Amo, Amas, Amat and All That. 


La estrategia del líder según Maquiavelo

Written on November 24, 2007 by DeansTalk in International Relations, Philosophy

Fernando Fontes


Tradicionalmente, "El Príncipe" de Maquiavelo ha sido considerado como una obra de ciencia política, en donde la conclusión final a la que se llegaba era "que el fin justifica los medios".

En una edición a cargo de Mercedes López Suárez, Madrid 1994, se seleccionan, bajo el título "La estrategia del líder", 50 reglas extraídas de "El Príncipe": "para quienes hayan de acometer grandes empresas, elegir colaboradores o establecer alianzas"

Yo, por mi parte, voy a reproducir algunos de estos 50 consejos de Maquiavelo:

1- A los hombres, o bien se les gana con prebendas, o bien se les destruye.

2- Quien ayuda a que otro se haga fuerte, termina mal, pues esa fortaleza se ha conseguido, o con ciertas habilidades, o bien por la fuerza, y tanto un medio como otro levantan sospechas en quien se ha hecho poderoso.

3- A quienes, sólo por mediación de la fortuna, pasan de ser gente normal a príncipes, no les cuesta mucho llegar, pero si mantenerse.

4- Los hombres hacen daño, o por miedo, o por odio.

5- Quien crea que en los grandes personajes las nuevas ganancias borran las viejas injurias, se equivoca del todo.

6- Quien quiera comportarse como un hombre bueno, acabará sucumbiendo ante los que no lo son.

¿Pensáis que estos primeros 6 consejos que hoy reproduzco son ciertos y necesarios a tener en cuenta por todo líder o quien quiera llegar a serlo?

Por cierto, si Maquiavelo hubiera escrito "El Príncipe" hoy, no hubiera podido publicarlo en la mayor parte de los países occidentales, porque uno de los consejos que le da al príncipe es "estoy plenamente convencido de que es mejor ser impetuoso que cauto, porque la fortuna es siempre mujer, y es necesario, si se la quiere dominar, hacerle frente y golpearla", aunque, por otro lado, en muchos estados teocráticos se siguen dando estos consejos públicamente… y ahí no hubiera tenido problema para publicarlo…


Plato’s “Republic” – The Duty to Be Just

Written on November 23, 2007 by Santiago Iñiguez in International Relations, Philosophy

Plato  (427-347 BCE): Republic

Western civilization owes a lot to Plato. His ideas have influenced
philosophers and thinkers of all disciplines. He was the founder of Academia,
a centre of learning in ancient Athens and probably the first
institution of higher education that we know of. The methodology
practiced at Academia and used by Plato in his writings was the
“Socratic method”, in honour of his mentor. It is based on dialectic
dialogue by the participants in a discussion on a certain topic about
which a conclusive result is rarely achieved, and moderated by a master
–Socrates in all of Plato’s dialogues. Incidentally, the case method
used at many business schools is inspired by this learning methodology
as was, for example, recently explained in a Financial Times article on Robert Bruner, Dean of the Darden Business School.

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Finding the Other Path

Written on November 23, 2007 by Rolf Strom-Olsen in Arts & Cultures & Societies, International Relations

Rolf Strom-Olsen

I enjoyed the opportunity this week to attend a discussion with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who came to McGill University to discuss the role that business can play in helping reduce global poverty. The room was packed, largely I suspect because Albright has been a staunch and trenchant critic of recent US foreign policy and plenty of people were there expecting more well-aimed jabs at the Bush administration’s current imbroglio in Iraq. However, despite a few judicious barbs, Albright mostly stayed focused on her theme – the issue of how to help the world’s poor.

HdsGenerally, when the well-heeled gather together to consider the great problems of the day, the potential for attitudinizing and, worse, foggy platitudinizing  (to coin a phrase) is considerable indeed. This is simply unavoidable, since such events are always slightly uncomfortable. Not only is it largely ineffectual to engage such massive and insuperable problems from the dais; worse, there’s an inevitable sense of cultural encroachment. How would we feel if Bantu Tribesmen regularly held symposia on the developed world’s over-reliance on energy and material consumption and then flew in to our capital cities with the results of their well-intentioned discussion? Well, actually, that might do us some good.

Anyway, amidst the usual clichés (empowerment, engagement, reform, renewal, commitment – the usual pastry-puff terms), Albright reiterated the key insight of  Hernando de Soto: above all the rule of law counts in bringing about meaningful change. That is not surprising since both are members of a Commission to eradicate poverty built around his work. 

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