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.


Labors Foreign Policy Heads in a New Direction

Labor’s foreign policy and the split in the AFL-CIO.

The Bush Administration and Iran’s New President

Bush’s harsh words and threats seem awkward in a region where Washington’s closest allies (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, and Jordan) hold utterly meaningless ballots.

Between Soldiers and Bombs

Despite facing a hostile occupation with a vested interest in their suppression, and an armed insurgency targeting unions and civil society, a higher percentage of factories in Iraq have worker-based organizing committees and fledgling unions than do U.S. factories.

Too Much of Nothing

The Bush administration’s latest efforts at derailing global action on climate–an authentic threat to global security.

Now is the Time to Resist

Recalling the legacy of the Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority of 1967, and how thousands of courageous and commendable small groups are still struggling for basic political change and social justice in the United States today.

The U.S. and Iran: Democracy, Terrorism, and Nuclear Weapons

In Iran, real political power rests with unelected military, economic, and right-wing ideologues, and in the June 25 runoff election, Iranian voters were forced to choose between two flawed candidates.

Bush Administration Stokes Dangerous Arms Race on Indian Subcontinent

New agreements with India weakens international arms control regime.

India Moves Toward a New Compact with the United States

India Moves Toward a New Compact with the United States

A Strategy for Ending the Iraq War

“When you’re in the middle of a conflict, you’re trying to find pillars of strength to lean on.”

The Left and the Iraq War

The left has been snookered by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, for it is deeply opposed to the war yet supports the spread of democracy and civil freedoms.

Recent Visit Highlights Double Standards in Bush Administration’s Pro-Democracy Rhetoric

The failure of the Bush administration, even as it complements Hanoi for its progress in the economic sphere.

The U.S. Invasion of Iraq: The Military Side of Globalization?

What actually motivated the United States to take on the problematic task of conquering and rebuilding Iraq?

Kicking Away the Ladder: The “Real” History of Free Trade

Debunking the myth of free trade from the historical perspective demonstrates that there is an urgent need for thoroughly re-thinking some key conventional wisdom in the debate on trade policy, and more broadly on globalization.

Truth In Spending

Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq is “under control,” particularly when it comes to monetary costs.

Time’s Up for Some Foreign Policy Straight Talk from White House

In the foreign policy arena, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is having about as much trouble making it to first base as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in their old-time comedy skit “Who’s on First.”

Update Iraq: Descending into the Quagmire

Between May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat in Iraq was over, and August 20, 131 U.S., nine UK, and one Danish military personnel have died in Iraq from all causes.

Fearful Symmetry: Washington and Pyongyang

In the fun house of mirrors in which contemporary global politics is enacted, a strange resemblance has developed between George W. Bush and Kim Jong Il and between their respective war parties.

The U.S. and Post-War Iraq: An Analysis

It is striking that few people are asking whether the U.S. or the rest of the world is safer now as a result of this overwhelming American military victory.

    Just Security | July 19, 2008

    Just Security

    The Nation - Editors Cut | July 27, 2007

    Just Security

    The Asia Times | July 21, 2007