Category Archives: Foreign Policy
October 13, 2011
Shane Bauer, released along with two of his fellow hikers after two years in prison in Iran, had a list of people he wished to thank. President Obama? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? No: “Hugo Chávez, Sean Penn, Noam Chomsky … Continue reading
October 5, 2011
While much focus is fixed on the victors in the Libya conflict, it’s worth taking a closer look at the losers.
September 13, 2011
The stars seemed to align for the Qaddafi regime’s ouster from Tripoli. Is this how it ought to have gone down in Iraq? Or is it perhaps too soon to draw such lessons from this still fluid situation?
September 9, 2011
The United States has pursued an “enemy of my enemy” strategy in supporting various factions in Somalia’s never-ending civil war. It matters, however, whether you’re working with allies of convenience rather than allies of ideology.
U.S soldiers are increasingly documenting their own experiences of combat on film, and, as Bing West observes, their testimony amounts to a bracing critique of counterinsurgency.
September 7, 2011
After years of escalating tension, does Turkey’s recent hostility toward Israel signal the onset of a Cold War? If so, the United States can no longer count on both countries as allies.
September 1, 2011
Having successfully given Americans a scare by downgrading the U.S. credit rating, Standard & Poor’s now releases a report on the economics of global aging that should send world leaders into a cold sweat. Is any country prepared for the … Continue reading
August 30, 2011
James Kirchick: “Adham had never picked up a gun before, never mind fired one. But all that changed on August 20, when the tall, lanky, 26-year-old Tripoli resident was handed a weapon and a grenade to fight against the 42-year … Continue reading
The Alawis, hoping to maintain their tenuous grip on power in Syria, may be the ones to cash in Bashar al-Assad’s chips for him.
August 25, 2011
Meet Saif Qaddafi, author of a doctoral thesis on “The Role of Civil Society in the Democratization of Global Governance Institutions” and now subject to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
August 19, 2011
As the conflict in Libya slogs on, one can reasonably wonder, “has there ever been a truly successful, truly humanitarian humanitarian intervention?”
August 10, 2011
Even if it’s true that the London riots are fueled by anger at cuts to social welfare spending (dubious), the rioters are an outgrowth of the welfare state itself.