HKS in the News February 3, 2012

1. The Little Economy That Could (Frankel) Foreign Policy

2. India’s strategic importance to the US (Burns) The Boston Globe

3. Who is Xi: China's next leader (Saich) CNN

4. IOP Forum Discusses Violence in Egypt (Masoud) The Harvard Crimson

The Little Economy That Could
Foreign Policy

February 2
Commentary by: Jeffrey Frankel
Topic: Economic development in Mauritius

 All right, confess: If you've heard of Mauritius at all, it's probably because you know it as the former home of the dodo bird. But there are better reasons to look closely at this small island nation in the Indian Ocean, some 600 miles southeast of Madagascar. For in 2011, Mauritius was (again) ranked number one on the Ibrahim Index of governance among African countries. And by no coincidence, it remains one of the top economic performers in the region: Measured in terms of purchasing power, income per person exceeds $15,000 -- more than Turkey or Brazil.

How did Mauritius manage to grab the brass ring, while so many others in the region have failed? In my own research, I have not discovered a single unique ingredient. But there are some serious lessons here on what can propel economic development.

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India’s strategic importance to the US
The Boston Globe

February 3
Commentary by: Nicholas Burns, Belfer Center
Topic: India-US relations

 WE HAVE grown accustomed to think of foreign policy as a series of unending crises in this complex time. And there are plenty of problems for Americans to confront overseas, from Iranian and North Korean nuclear ambitions to our decade-long war in Afghanistan. But success in foreign policy is also about taking advantage of opportunities. If coping with a more powerful China will be the great challenge for the United States in the next half century, India may be the great opportunity.

India is of immense strategic importance to the United States. It can help in limiting possible future Chinese expansion as we seek to maintain a preponderance of military power by the democratic countries of Asia - one of the most important American global objectives. India has helped the United States to support the embattled Karzai government in Afghanistan. Its booming high-tech economy is a source of growing trade and investment for American companies. It has one of the world’s most admired leaders, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all worked to build this partnership in rare bipartisan fashion.

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Who is Xi: China's next leader

February 3
Quoted: Anthony Saich, Ash Center
Topic: China’s vice president US visit

 Beijing (CNN) -- Anyone interested in world affairs, Chinese diplomacy and China's future should know more about Xi Jinping.

 Xi (pronounced "shee"), China's vice president, will be visiting the United States this month for meetings at the White House in Washington and will travel to other cities.

 "The visit is important to boost his stature at home -- here is the man the U.S. takes seriously, and he can deal with them on our behalf," says Anthony Saich, a China expert at the Harvard Kennedy School. "For the U.S., it provides an opportunity to introduce him to key U.S. politicians and the American public. The same approach was taken with Hu Jintao before he took over."

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IOP Forum Discusses Violence in Egypt
The Harvard Crimson

February 3
Quoted: Tarek Masoud, Ash Center
Topic: Conflict in Egypt

In light of the recent violence in Egypt, panelists expressed their concern about a security vacuum in a fast-paced panel discussion at the Institute of Politics Thursday night.

Both Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American columnist, and Tarek Masoud, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, said that they agree that the military regime deliberately set in place a security vacuum to emphasize the need for strong government. ...

 “This is the first time in Egypt’s history that it had a parliament that actually represents the will of the people,” Masoud said. “The next few months will be really critical, but we can’t say yet that the Egyptian revolution has failed.”

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