Beyond Labels

A 360° Discussion of Foreign, National and Local Policy Issues

March 20: Genocide

The term “genocide” has been used to describe a wide range of activities over the last several decades. On Monday, we’ll discuss:

  • how the term is defined in international law (and elsewhere),
  • how contemporary genocide is “policed,” prosecuted, and punished,
  • what sort of repercussions (reparations?) are appropriate for “contemporary” instances of genocide, and
  • how “historical” instances of genocide should be dealt with in the present.

Thanks to Steven K., here are some resources to consider:

March 13: The Arctic

On Monday, we’ll discuss the Arctic, particularly focusing on recent developments in shipping, mining and territorial claims as that body of water becomes more accessible and viable for commercial activity.

Here are some resources to consider reviewing before our meeting (some short, some long):

March 6: Australia

Having discussed Taiwan last week, we’ll turn our attention tomorrow to another neighbor of China–Australia. This country straddles a close relationship with the U.S. (including the “Five Eyes” alliance) and a strong (and, apparently, growing) economic relationship with China.

  • How can the Australians manage this straddling position?
    • What sort of circumstances would force them to choose a side?
    • What can (or should) the U.S. do to strengthen the relationship?
  • How important is the U.S.-Australia relationship?
    • To the U.S.?
    • To Australia?
  • How should we expect Australia to adjust its strategic alliances over time?
    • With the prospect of growing Chinese influence in the region?

I’m sure there’ll be more to discuss.

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