John Gershman is a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service, Associate Director of NYU’s Global MPH Program, and Director of Undergraduate Programs at Wagner. Previously he was the Director of the Global Affairs Program at the International Relations Center and the Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus.


Obama and Arroyo: Time for a Reset

The worsening human rights situation in the Philippines requires the United States to rethink its political and economic relations with the country.

Japan’s Persian Gulf Policies in the Koizumi Era

Has the Koizumi administration abandoned neutrality, historic pacifism, and common sense in its pursuit of oil and a stronger alliance with the United States?

Iraq–Fool Me Twice

In October 2002 the White House deceived the Congress and the public, inducing Congress–in the administration’s interpretation–to abandon its constitutional responsibilities in matters of war-making.

Afghanistan & the Ghost of Kim

Is it time to retire the “Great Game” to the pages of history and literature and bring the troops home?

Military Kills Al-Zarqawi; Political Scene Filling In; Time for U.S. Focus on Exit

The death of al-Zarqawi is an opportunity to re-evaluate U.S. strategy in Iraq.

Decision on Libya Marks Shift in Bush Foreign Policy

The recent announcement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the United States will open an embassy in Libya was welcome news all around. Long overdue, the restoration of full diplomatic relations is a win-win situation for both Libya and the United States, as well as for other states in and out of the Middle East. The U.S. decision also marks a significant shift in the foreign policy of the Bush administration, a change most observers have overlooked.

China: A Troubled Dragon

China’s growing economic power and global presence coincide with severe economic and social challenges at home.

The United States and Lebanon: A Meddlesome History

The one year anniversary of the Cedar Revolution and the non-violent end to the Syrian occupation of Lebanon prompts a re-assessemnt of U.S. policies in the region.

Peru’s Humala is Washington’s next "Worst Nightmare"

The White House has to be concerned about the potential election of another Latin American government allied to the likes of Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales, overtly challenging the flagging war on drugs, and highly critical of neoliberal, free market economic policies. Eying the runoff against Alan García Pérez, Ollanta Humala Tasso has softened his rhetoric in recent days; but to be successful in the May round of elections, he must retain the support of the core constituency that propelled him to victory in April.

Iraq Three Years after Liberation

Three years after the invasion of Iraq, what have we learned?

UN Reform for the Rest of Us: An Agenda for Grassroots Accountability

The debate on UN reform has missed a crucial element–direct accountability of UN agencies to ostensible beneficiaries of their programs and services.

India: A Tale of Two Worlds

Growth in India occurs against a backdrop of deepening inequality.

Controlling the Bomb

Nuclear proliferation can at best only be slowed down through a process of sanctions and double standards. The use of force shall serve to make other states believe that if only they had the bomb they would be safe. This way leads to catastrophe. The alternative, non-proliferation by cooperation and consent, cannot succeed as long as the United States is insistent on retaining and improving its nuclear arsenal and allowing its allies to have these weapons.

After Kyoto: Alternative Mechanisms to Control Global Warming

The coming years will undoubtedly witness intensive negotiations on global warming as concerns mount and the quantitative approach under the Kyoto Protocol makes little difference. As policy makers search for more effective and efficient ways to slow the trends, they should consider the fact that harmonized environmental taxes on carbon are powerful tools for coordinating policies and slowing climate change.

The Israeli Raid in Jericho: The Background

Double standards are revealed once again in terms of U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Peru’s Lourdes Flores Challenging Neopopulist Trends

Peruvian elections will be notable for either marking a new neopopulist victory by a former military officer or the first woman Peruvian president.

The Dubai Ports World Controversy: Jingoism or Legitimate Concerns?

Sense and nonsense in the Dubai World Ports controversy. Opposition to the Port purchase.

The U.S. Role in Iraqs Sectarian Violence

By blaming promordial hatred for the sectarian violence in Iraq, the Bush administration is ignoring the effects of the war and other decisions made by the United States during the occupation that have fueled the violence.

    Just Security | July 19, 2008

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    The Asia Times | July 21, 2007