Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Hannah Gurman is an assistant professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She writes on the politics, economics, and culture of U.S. diplomacy and military conflict. Her forthcoming book, The Dissent Papers: The Voice of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond, will be published by the University of Columbia Press in fall 2011.
True Lies About Apple and Foxconn
The Mike Daisey saga has shown that melodrama and sentimental fiction cannot alone change the world, but they have a place in progressive politics.
Beating China, Corporate Style
Why should anyone believe that catering to the interests of U.S. corporations located in or returning from China will make American workers any better off?
The Under-Examined Story of Fallujah
Although you’re unlikely to have read about it in the press, the ongoing health crisis in Fallujah shows that the legacy of the U.S. war in Iraq is far from over.
Ten Years and One Month Later
A look at the news after the memorialization of 9/11 reveals an America that systematically attempts to erase its fingerprints from world events.
The CIA’s Selective Secrecy
President Obama praised the CIA for its role in killing Osama bin Laden, but we should not be so quick to hail a shadowy agency hell-bent on shielding its actions from public scrutiny.
War Fatigue and the Un-Critical Critics of War
Despite Washington’s newfound war fatigue, there are no signs that U.S. militarism is on the wane.
Bigger than Blackwater: Arming the UAE
The global arms race is booming in the Middle East, and no country has been a bigger buyer in recent years than the United Arab Emirates.
60 Second Expert: UAE
When it comes to protests in the United Arab Emirates, the United States has looked the other way.
U.S. Silences on the Arab Spring are Deafening
The Obama administration has hardly said a peep about the need for democracy in Saudi Arabia or the other oil-rich states of the Gulf, even as those regimes are cracking down on the small but growing number of democracy activists in their midst.
Break the Silence in the UAE
Protests have begun in the United Arab Emirates, but you wouldn’t know it from White House statements.
Migrant Workers in Libya
CNN and other media outlets are missing the real story about foreign laborers in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Telling the Story of WikiLeaks
Newspapers are trying to catch up with the revolution that WikiLeaks began.
As Egypt Protesters Look to U.S. in Vain, Remembering Another Lost Opportunity
U.S. support for dictators is nothing new, of course.
Operation Desert Storm: Our Last “Clean” War
Remember that glorious day when Wolf Blitzer cringed beneath the rockets’ red glare in Baghdad?
Will U.S. Use Punjab Governor’s Death as Pretext for More Drone Attacks?
It may not have been failure to hew to the fundamentalist line on blasphemy that killed Punjab’s governor.
U.S. Out of Afghanistan by 2014? Don’t Hold Your Breath
The United States outlasts the Soviets in Afghanistan. That counts for something, doesn’t it?
Election Was Missed Opportunity to Convince Voters to Abandon Current Afghanistan Strategy
What if the same demanding standard that was applied to the economy in this election had been applied to the war in Afghanistan?
How Green Grows My War Economy
Not for the first time, the Defense Department announced a green initiative.
Cuba: New Corporate Utopia?
Cuba is starting to transform its state-led economy. U.S. corporations and Cuban emigres are licking their lips at the potential opportunity.
“Tolerating” the Ground Zero Muslim Center Is Damning It With Faint Praise
“Thanks for nothing” would be the proper response by Muslims to “tolerance” by Christians and Jews.