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.
Changes in Israeli political leadership and prospects for a settlement.
Double standards for Hamas undermine negotiations.
Has the President now given a definition of victory in Iraq?
A way forward for human rights in North Korea.
The IAEA??and the United Nations as a whole??can be useful if its findings and policies support U.S. policy and can be ignored or rejected when they do not. Unless and until that changes, this noble effort by the Nobel committee in honoring El-Baradei and the IAEA will end up meaning very little.
In 1954 and 1968, respected arbiters of truth–Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, respectively–cut through public fear to open the way for a change in public discourse and accountability from leaders who had exploited public trust. In 2005, Representative Murtha may be the decisive voice for the truth that restores the most fundamental necessity of democracy: a well-informed public.
The White House took the wrong lessons from Libya??s decision to renounce weapons of mass destruction and rejoin the international community. The Libya model may yet provide a path through the Syrian imbroglio but only if applied correctly.
Arguments against torture are not based on alarmism, moral absolutism, or rhetoric. Torture irreparably damages human dignity, devalues human life, and corrupts the institutions of our democracy.
We stand, first, with the emerging scientific consensus, which tells us we have very little time to act if we honestly expect to avoid a global (as opposed to a merely local) climate catastrophe.
Bush calls Iraq ??the central front in the war on terror.?? Nowhere does he acknowledge that before March 20, 2003, no al-Qaida or other non-Iraqis were fighting in Iraq.
War crimes as the fulcrum of an alliance between the peace movement and the human rights movement.
AIDS information is absorbed through a mesh of stereotypes that make human misery seem like a natural condition of life in Africa.
Some mainstream pundits and Democratic Party lawmakers are finally raising the possibility that the Bush administration was determined to go to war regardless of any strategic or legal justification.
Is President Bush’s rhetoric about the war in Iraq and the “war on terror” gradually shifting?