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7 - Fixing Foreign Aid

John T. Shaw Indiana University Press ePub

When Richard Lugar delivered a major foreign policy address at the National Defense University a few weeks before the 2008 presidential election, his remarks attracted attention for the balanced way he discussed the agendas of the two presidential candidates—Barack Obama and John McCain. He applauded McCain’s hard-nosed assessment of the world’s problems but also credited Obama for his willingness to launch diplomatic initiatives toward nations that the United States was at odds with such as Iran and North Korea. With the presidential campaign in high gear, some Republicans grumbled that Lugar did not hit Obama hard enough. Many Democrats were quietly pleased that Lugar seemed to consider the foreign policy credentials of both candidates on equal footing.

The central theme of Lugar’s speech, however, was lost by the partisan politics of the moment. It was that the United States urgently needed to get its foreign policy back on track and this required both advancing large and creative ideas and paying careful attention to the mechanics of implementing these policies. America’s foreign policy, he told the group, had become too reactive in recent years, as it got bogged down in real and rhetorical battles with Iran, North Korea, Iraq, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, and other nations. Lugar warned that if U.S. foreign policy attention is constantly consumed by crises with hostile regimes, it loses the initiative and limits its capacity to lead the world in constructive ways. While it would be wrong, he acknowledged, to ignore threats from countries like North Korea and Iran, American policymakers shouldn’t allow their concerns with these regimes to “shorten our strategic horizon, militarize our foreign policy, unjustifiably concentrate our resources, or rob us of our strategic initiative.”1

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Chapter 6. Enough People

Dietz, Rob Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Stabilizing Population

I’ve never seen a problem that wouldn’t be easier to solve with fewer people. The same problem becomes harder, or ultimately impossible, when more people are involved.


An unusual house sits in a typical middle-class neighborhood in the suburbs of Atlanta. Fifty homes that look like an early 1970s vision of the American dream line the neighborhood’s shady cul-de-sacs. The mass-produced houses sit on parcels carved out of the forested red-clay slopes typical of Georgia’s Piedmont region. These houses mostly look alike, since they share the same cultural and architectural roots, but the very last house at the end of the street stands out. It’s a custom job with unusual coffee-colored brickwork, small built-in courtyards for rock gardens, and a design that still strikes most observers as being modern. It is the home of a Chinese-American family, and the youngest of the family’s four children was my best friend when I was a kid.

It was obvious, even to a second-grader, that David’s house was different on the outside, but I also noticed something different the first time I saw the inside. On the wall of the study, the room where we spent time discussing crucial matters such as Halloween costumes and the best design for a bicycle seat (banana or standard?), was a row of framed photos of U.S. presidents, from Lyndon Johnson to Jimmy Carter. Now that’s an odd choice for a wall decoration, especially in a home adorned with scrolls, sculptures, and pottery from the Far East. Even odder was that each photo had a hand-written message and signature on it.

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18. The Power of Commitment

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by
yourself as a mighty one … the being a force of nature instead of a feverish,
selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world
will not devote itself to making you happy.

—George Bernard Shaw

In early 1988, we were in the midst of opening a new Forum chapter in Silicon Valley, California. I had been away for the entire week but returned to Houston on Friday in time to take Mavis to the Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of a new show. We were among the last few to leave that night. We had parked the car a block or so away on a dark, unlit street lined with trees. When we walked out of the museum, it was raining, and so I suggested that Mavis stay in front, and I would bring the car back for her. When I reached our car, I opened the door, folded up my umbrella and threw it into the back seat, and slipped behind the wheel. Just as I was about to close the door, I felt cold steel in my ribs.

I looked up, and there was a large man, about twenty-five years old, with a fierce look on his face, holding a bayonet-sized knife against my ribs. He wasn’t just holding it there, he was pressing it hard into my ribs and saying through clenched teeth, “I don’t want to hurt you, but I will. Now you move over from behind that steering wheel.”

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A Different Approach

Blanchard, Ken Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Over the next few weeks Debbie worked very hard to serve her team members, although she was not always sure how to do so. Even though many of her attempts seemed insignificant, she could sense a change in her approach to her leadership responsibility and possibly even a change in the team. She made a list of her experiences to share with Jeff at their next meeting.

One of her encounters was particularly noteworthy. Charles was still hanging on for dear life. His performance had improved only slightly since his first month. Debbie felt it would probably be only a few months before she would be forced to let him go. She decided to meet with Charles, ask some open-ended questions, and look for ways to serve him.

“Hello, Charles,” Debbie said as she walked into his office.

“To what do I owe this unexpected visit?” Charles asked, somewhat sarcastically.

“I wondered if we could talk for a few minutes.”

“Absolutely. What would you like to talk about?”

Debbie knew she had his full attention. “As we’ve discussed before, I’m concerned about your performance.”

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CHAPTER EIGHT Working with parents of sexually abused children

Karnac Books ePub

Gillian Miles

Child sexual abuse is damaging and traumatic both for children and for their families. It often occurs alongside other forms of abuse—neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse—but sexual abuse has its own particular emotional impact for the entire family.

When it occurs within the family, sexual abuse is secret and insidious, and the first impact of disclosure that the abuse has happened is a profound shock, which in itself is traumatic. Families are confronted with actions that cut across all taboos, as sexual abuse offends against the proper place of sexuality, which belongs in relationships between adults. There is total disbelief at what is emerging, because where the father or stepfather is the abuser,* there are profound implications for the adult partnership and for

The research referred to in this chapter was funded by the Department of Health and the Mental Health Foundation. his continuing role within the family. His partner feels irrevocably hurt. The children are considered unsafe with him, and either he or the child may have to leave the family. Where he denies the charge of abuse, his partner has to decide, in the absence of clear evidence, whether or not to believe the child, with the very possible implication that she will lose her partner. Almost more distressing, when there are allegations of sexual abuse between siblings, parents may have to decide which child to believe. The child alleging abuse may not be believed and may be forced to leave the family; alternatively, it could be that the abusing child is disowned and excluded from the family.

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Nine of Swords

Zalewski, Chris; Zalewski, Pat Aeon Books ePub

The Nine of Swords has the rose omitted. This has been destroyed by too much pressure (shown as a concentrated build up in the previous card) and the Swords now have a lack of direction. They eventually turn inward towards each other. The central sword strikes up from the centre depicting severe disruption to the previous cards control. The unconscious strikes back and without the rose, there is no illumination from the Spirit. This is absence of the higher mind. With the lower mind only in control, there becomes a lack of discipline to thought and blind energy, without motive or reasoning. It is disruptive to the soul and repetitive as it struggles to survive the only way it knows.

Alchemically the second stage of Separation alludes to the “Fire of the Stone”. It further said in the Golden Treatise of Hermes:

Extract from the ray its shadow and impurity by which the clouds hang over it, defile and keep away the light; since by means of its construction and fiery redness, it is burned. Take, my son, this redness, corrupted with the water, which is as a live coal holding the fire, which if thou shalt withdraw so often until the redness is made pure, then it will associate with thee, by whom it was cherished and in whom it rests.

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8 - Fostering Relationships for Looked after Children

Karnac Books ePub

Sara Barratt

I work in a specialist multi-disciplinary team that is part of an NHS CAMHS providing therapeutic services for children who are “looked after”, have been adopted, or are in kinship care. We also provide consultation to professionals. Referrals come from GPs, social workers, and other organizations involved in working with this population; while the majority of children referred to us live in London, we also take referrals from many different parts of the UK. Adoptive and foster families referred to our service do not usually have a biological link to one another, and they are thus in the process of thinking about how they belong together; our work is often to help them work out their relationship together. Developing a sense of belonging and the ability to form attachments is essential for the emotional health of children and adults. This chapter describes our work with foster families considering complex emotions that arise through developing a sense of belonging both for the families that re-configure to include, as is often the case, a non-biologically related member and for that child who is thus included. As a team, we find it important to draw on a range of different therapeutic modalities in order to provide a service that fits for the children referred and their caregivers. Although not discussed in detail here, we include systemic family psychotherapy and child psychotherapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, and mentalization. We also run groups for children, parents, and carers.

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CHAPTER ELEVEN: The borderline child and the establishment of internal reins

Pozzi Monzo, Maria Karnac Books ePub


I found myself in a quandary, once again, in thinking of cases to include in this chapter. Alistair, the boy I discuss, could have easily been included in the chapter on hyperactivity. Equally, children presented in other chapters, such as Pilar in the chapter on hyperactivity or Craig in the chapter on parental guidance, could be diagnosed as borderline children. The difficulty in categorizing borderline children is shared amongst clinicians, who find that many features of the borderline group are similar to those of a range of psychological disorders in childhood. Lubbe writes that the current profile of borderline children is “loaded down as it is with descriptions of conduct disturbance, attention deficit, impulsivity and emotional disregulation” (Lubbe, 2000, p. 6). In his review of the literature on borderline personality disorders, he quotes authors who have outlined some diagnostic features in this type of childhood disorder. He mentions a “rapid shift between psychotic-like and neurotic levels of reality testing; a lack of ‘signal anxiety’ (Freud, 1926) and a proneness to states of panic dominated by overwhelming concern of body dissolution, annihilation and abandonment” (Lubbe, 2000, p. 41). We also find idiosyncratic thinking and disruption of thought processes, impairment in relationships, and a difficulty in distinguishing self from others. There is a lack of impulse control, of the capacity to modulate destructive tendencies and to contain intense feelings. These characteristics are generally thought to define borderline personality in children.

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Chapter 2: Organizational Structure and the Strategic Role of Project Management

Snyder, Cynthia Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

•  Explain various corporate structures.

•  Describe types of project offices.

•  Define strategic management and key strategic terms.

•  Describe how projects originate.

In Chapter 1, we developed some working definitions of operations, projects, and project management. We also looked at how IT project management differs from non-technical project management. In this chapter, we look at how organizations are structured, where project management fits in an organization, different types of project offices, and how projects can help organizations meet their strategic goals and objectives.

The way an organization is organized and the reporting structure it adopts significantly affect the way projects are done and the authority that a project manager has. We are going to look at three basic types of organizational structures: functional, project driven, and matrix. We will also explore some of the varying ways that organizations combine them and move along the continuum of the matrix-type environment. We will look at the role of the project manager and some of the pros and cons associated with each type of environment.

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11. Lessons for Palestine from Northern Ireland: Why George Mitchell Couldn’t Turn Jerusalem into Belfast

NoContributor Indiana University Press ePub


Why George Mitchell Couldn’t Turn Jerusalem into Belfast


I formed the conviction that there is no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. Conflicts are created, conducted, and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings. I saw it happen in Northern Ireland, although, admittedly, it took a very long time. I believe deeply that with committed, persevering, and patient diplomacy, it can happen in the Middle East.

—George Mitchell, Obama administration Middle East envoy, 22 January 2009

During Israel’s December 2008/January 2009 invasion of the Gaza Strip, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians,1 veteran Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn reported that Israeli society reminded him “more than ever of the unionists in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s.” Like Israelis, he wrote, unionists were a community “with a highly developed siege mentality which led them always to see themselves as victims even when they were killing other people. There were no regrets or even knowledge of what they inflicted on others and therefore any retaliation by the other side appeared as unprovoked aggression inspired by unreasoning hate.”2

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CHAPTER FOUR: For a logic of the site: On the difference between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy

Donnet, Jean-Luc Karnac Books ePub

The current situation leads us to revisit the muddled question of the relations between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. A first difficulty stems from the fact that the opposition between the two terms, which has a long history, is centred on two related issues:

–  on the one hand, it corresponds to the limit between what is or is not considered as psychoanalytic; and thus to the limit of the specific field of psychoanalytic practice;

–  on the other, it evokes, within this field, the difference between the analytic treatment in the strict sense (“psychoanalysis”) and what we have become accustomed to referring to as psychoanalytic psychotherapies.1

It is difficult to treat these two limits separately because the way we establish the difference between psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy depends, to a large extent, on how we delimit the field of psychoanalytic practice.It is clear that psychoanalytic psychotherapy lies at the intersection of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, in such a way that it both upholds and threatens the principle of a unity of analytic practice. My immediate conclusion from this is that it is necessary to think simultaneously about what constitutes the unity and what constitutes the diversity, and even the heterogeneity of this practice.

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CHAPTER 9. The Self and the Neurobiology of the "Talking Cure"

Solms, Mark Karnac Books ePub

Lest the reader be disappointed. It seems fair to admit at the outset that we are not yet in a position to give a proper account of either the “selT or the “talking cure” in neuroscientiflc terms. But we do have some tantalizing clues, and that is reason enough to consider these issues briefly here, even if only to clarify what research still needs to be done. We begin by reviewing the material we have covered already, and pulling together some of the main strands, to try to develop a coherent overall picture of how the mind works.

In chapter 2, we suggested that the mental apparatus is know-able in two different ways. By looking inward, we gain a subjective impression of our minds—a view from the inside, as it were. This is the method of studying the mind that psychoanalysis uses. The physical organ of the brain provides a second perceptual viewpoint on the mind—an “objective” perspective—a view of the mind as a thing; this is what the mind looks like when it is viewed from the outside. The fact that the mind can be viewed in these two different ways is the basis of the mind-body problem— the illusion that the mental apparatus consists of two different kinds of “stuff.”

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Chapter Two: The Sexed Subject and Current Realities—Their Impact on Conceptualisations of Sexual Difference

Glocer Fiorini, Leticia Karnac Books ePub

More than a hundred years ago, at the end of the nineteenth century, a fundamental work began to take shape with Freud, a work that has marked several generations of psychoanalysts in the Western world throughout the twentieth century.

At the outset of the twenty-first century, we find ourselves in a different world, marked by a vertiginous devaluation of ideals that individualised the first half of the twentieth century (including gender ideals), powerful development of informatics and technology, and renewed expressions of social, ethnic, and religious violence. These variables interact and strongly challenge classical conceptions on sexual difference.

In this context, we inevitably wonder about the ulterior effects of these phenomena on the production of subjectivity, especially sexed subjectivity.

Sennett (1998) discusses the psychological effects of globalisation as cause and consequence of the decathectisation of social bonds and the liberation of the drives to its satisfaction, without the value of commitment for an ethic of otherness. He proposes that this decathectisation of social bonds is associated with a devaluation of ideals that occurs following the failure of each subject's potential to organise fantasy and capacity to metaphorise.

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Practically with the Band

Norbert Krapf Quarry Books ePub

The Fiddler

Once taking a walk

beneath trees in Lockerbie Square,

near the James Whitcomb Riley House,

I heard the sound of a fiddle.

I looked around and up

and saw an opening of sky

and heard the sounds

of a dance in an old barn.

My father, a teenager,

was playing the fiddle

and friends and relatives

were clapping and dancing

and horses were tied

outside the barn and there

was beer in dark bottles

and white lightning

in a clear jug that made

the rounds and rose to

many lips and my father's

bow scraped across the strings.

As the rhythm of his tune

raced faster and faster

women's dresses whirled

and men's feet stamped

and there was one yee-haw

after another on a Saturday

night as the grin on my father's

face stretched wide as the sky.

Goodnight, Irene

Somewhere in my childhood

I hear Leadbelly singing

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Four: How to Listen for What to Say

Reynolds, Marcia Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

Sherlock Holmes in A Case of Identity

Because intuition is often perceived as unexplainable magic or unreliable hooey, it is left out of the list of essential leadership skills. I’ve seen explanations for intuitive insights ranging from messages from spirits, to a sixth sense available to psychics and wizards, or an evolutionary advantage women have over men. I don’t know of any research that confirms these characterizations, including the existence of a woman’s intuition though evidence suggests women have learned to heed their inner voice more than men for socially acceptable reasons.

On the other hand, Daniel Kahneman’s international bestseller, Thinking Fast and Slow, provides a great deal of proof that everyone, even the most concrete thinkers, relies on intuition to navigate daily life.1 Kahneman demonstrates repeatedly that we make few decisions without a dose of intuition injected into the mix no matter how logical and evidence-based you think you are. Some of our greatest minds, including Albert Einstein, praised intuition as a significant element of good decision making provided it is balanced with data. Intuition is the hallmark quality of the legendary demystifier Sherlock Holmes.

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