The RAND Blog

November 2003

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    The Changing Face of Chinese Diplomacy

    One of the most curious and underexamined aspects of the evolving North Korean nuclear crisis is the active and leading role played by China in the last nine months. Breaking with years of traditional Chinese passivity on global-security challenges, Beijing has helped to walk both Pyongyang and Washington back from the brink, surprising even China's critics.

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    Nov 25, 2003

    Evan S. Medeiros, Taylor Fravel

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    Exposing the Myths

    An international obsession with the Chinese currency appears to be deflating. This passion began with Japanese accusations that China's undervalued currency was causing its deflation, continued with Europeans blaming it for slow European Union growth, hit full power with a vast US National Association of Manufacturers' campaign blaming it for job losses, and reached its pinnacle when Michigan's governor, Jennifer Granholm, declared she would back a presidential candidate based solely on the issue.

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    Postwar Rebuilding: Pick the UN's Best for a Wider Iraq Role

    Depending on whom you talk to, the United Nations is either an obstacle to more effective security and reconstruction efforts in Iraq, or an opportunity to advance precisely these goals.

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    Nov 13, 2003

    Charles Wolf, Jr.

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    In the Calculus of Fear, Terrorists Have an Edge

    WASHINGTON — "It is no secret that warding off the American enemy is the top duty after faith and that nothing should take priority over it," said the terrorist leader. "Crusader military forces" of the United States and Britain, he warned, had established a beachhead in the Muslim world to impose a new imperialism on the Middle East and gain control of the region's oil.

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    Nov 2, 2003

    Bruce Hoffman