July 10, 2010

A 21st Century Lend-Lease

Nikolas Gvosdev, World Politics Review

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With all of the comparisons being drawn between the presidencies of Barack Obama and Franklin D. Roosevelt, it is surprising that one of FDR's most famous programs has not emerged as a possible model for U.S. policy today: Lend-Lease.

That's not to suggest that the United States should plunge the rest of the planet into world war as a strategy for domestic economic recovery. But consider the following:

First, global security challenges are on the rise. The dark side of globalization means that technologies and capabilities that previously were the prerogatives of states have increasingly filtered down to non-state actors such as rebels, insurgencies, organized crime and terrorist groups. Disgruntled, poor Somali fishermen have been transformed into the...

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