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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

What’s wrong with Hong Kong. Nicholas Bequelin reviews [1] some of the city’s biggest problems and their connection to the ongoing protests.

The people behind Hong Kong’s protests. Grace Tsoi and Bethany Allen-Ebrahamian profile [2] the main organizations and leaders involved in the protests.

Why the protesters aren’t likely to prevail. William Wan interviews [3] Jeff Bader, a former deputy consul general for the U.S. in Hong Kong, about the protesters’ chances of success.

Why Occupy Central can’t win. Zachary Keck lays out [4] the reasons why Beijing won’t yield.

Germany’s disarmed forces. Der Spiegel reports [5] on the poor condition of the German military.

The birth and death of anxiety about failed states. Justin Logan and Christopher Preble show [6] how conventional wisdom about failed states as havens for terrorism is now being rejected by some of its earliest proponents.

Is it too late for Libya? Bernard Gwertzman of the Council on Foreign Relations interviews [7] Mary Fitzgerald on the current conditions in Libya.

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#1 Comment By AnotherBeliever On October 4, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

In other news, who’s running North Korea these days? Kim Jong Un has not been seen in a while, and some high level delegates made a flash visit to Seoul just lately. Fascinating. Perhaps glorious leader has been misplaced somewhere. Hope this shakes out reasonably stable, whatever this is.

#2 Comment By Kurt Gayle On October 5, 2014 @ 8:13 am

Re “The birth and death of anxiety about failed states”:

Undoubtedly, failed states as areas of instability and disorder DO pose potential threats to the US.

And it is certainly counterproductive for the US to create failed states (recent examples: US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, intervention in Syria).

But although stable states with functioning governments are generally in the US’s interest, historically it has not feasible for the US as an intervening foreign power to make failed states stable and functioning. (Again, Iraq and Afghanistan are prime examples.)

#3 Comment By SmoothieX12 (aka Andrew) On October 5, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

1. The German disarmed forces. Could it be, just could it be that in the end, Germany simply doesn’t feel the necessity to defend herself because there is no credible threat? Sure, those millions of Russian Ivans and tens of thousands Russian tanks are just sleeping and dreaming about fighting in Fulda Gap. Putin surely does (sarcasm).

2. Changed my moniker because the number of Andrews around was growing for the last year or so. I want my stupidity to be credited to me.