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.
The worsening human rights situation in the Philippines requires the United States to rethink its political and economic relations with the country.
Has the Koizumi administration abandoned neutrality, historic pacifism, and common sense in its pursuit of oil and a stronger alliance with the United States?
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.
Efforts at isolating Hamas are likely to backfire.
Is it time to retire the Great Game to the pages of history and literature and bring the troops home?
The death of al-Zarqawi is an opportunity to re-evaluate U.S. strategy in Iraq.
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’s growing economic power and global presence coincide with severe economic and social challenges at home.
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.
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.
The debate on UN reform has missed a crucial element–direct accountability of UN agencies to ostensible beneficiaries of their programs and services.
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.
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.
Double standards are revealed once again in terms of U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Peruvian elections will be notable for either marking a new neopopulist victory by a former military officer or the first woman Peruvian president.
Sense and nonsense in the Dubai World Ports controversy. Opposition to the Port purchase.
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.