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 Last Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre is best known around the globe, especially among those inclined to hold a critical opinion of capitalism, corporate power, and U.S. military aggression, as the original home of the World Social Forum.

The Dangerous Implications of the Hariri Assassination and the U.S. Response

As long as the vast majority of Democrats are afraid to appear “soft” toward the Syrian dictatorship and as long as so few progressive voices are willing to challenge the Democrats, President Bush appears to have few obstacles in his way should he once ag

Democracy’s Eclipse in Russia

As editorialists from across the United States and Western Europe have reiterated lately, Russian democracy is under assault.

Absolute Monarchy to Absolute Democracy

King Gyanendra has taken the people of Nepal on a disastrous course, using the excuse of fighting an insurgency to compromise democracy.

North Korea & the NPT

The problems for international security posed by North Korea’s nuclear ambitions receive abundant attention and analysis.

The Toxic Border

In early September 2002, the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras (CJM) put out a call to border activists, urging them to act quickly to salvage one of the few remaining complaints filed under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC)—the case of mistreated workers at Customtrim/Autotrim.

“Green” Finance Campaign Bags Citigroup

The world’s largest private financial institution, Citigroup, has signed on to a comprehensive environmental policy that sets a new industry standard, says the grassroots group that ran a two-year campaign against the banking giant.

Blair’s Pyrrhic Victories

On the face of it, Tony Blair had an almost Clintonesque week as he walked away from two separate train wrecks seemingly unhurt.

Into Thin Air

Tucked into the upper stories of the Himalayas, Nepal hardly seems ground zero for the Bush administration’s next crusade against ??terrorism,?? but an aggressive American ambassador, a strategic locale, and a flood of U.S. weaponry threatens to turn the tiny country of 25 million into a counter-insurgency bloodbath.

The Trouble With CAFTA

CAFTA is a bad deal, one that promises to extend the harmful impacts of NAFTA to Mexico’s weaker southern neighbors.

The Politics and the Promise of Civilizational Dialogues

In response to Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington’s now infamous argument predicting a future full of clashes between civilizations, the world’s liberals responded with a call for a civilizational dialogue.

Why NEPAD and African Politics Don’t Mix

Stripped to its bare bones, the NEPAD is a “partnership” with the developed world whereby African countries will set up and police standards of good government across the continent in return for increased aid flows, private investment, and a lowering of obstacles to trade by the West.

Has the Prosecution Made the Case?

Many legal experts say they fear that the prosecution in the Milosevic case has not made the case for genocide, in part because the United Nations tribunal has set the bar for doing so extremely high.

Foreign Aid Budget Looks Like a Retread from the Cold War

If the “war on terror” is beginning to look increasingly like the cold war, then President George W. Bush’s fiscal year (FY) 2005 foreign-aid request will not change that impression.

Zarqawi Letter Complicates War Hawks Efforts to Link al Qaeda with Hussein, Iran

A letter purportedly written to senior al Qaeda leaders by a key associate, Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, appears to undermine a major thesis of hard-core neoconservatives who led the U.S. drive to war in Iraq.

Guatemalan Woman’s Asylum Case a Major Test for Ashcroft’s Position on Women’s Rights

Immigration and human rights groups are hoping that a legal brief they have submitted to Attorney General John Ashcroft will persuade him to uphold a proposed Clinton administration policy that women who have suffered severe domestic abuse in their homeland may be granted political asylum in the United States.

Implications of the Seventh Majlis Elections in Iran

On February 20th Iran elected its seventh Majlis (parliament) in an election that has been widely criticized by many Iranian and international observers for the heavy-handed manner in which the regime had interfered in the electoral process.

Anti-Terrorist Security Sweep In Pakistan Winding Down

Pakistan’s government on March 30 began pulling troops out of South Waziristan following a 12-day security sweep of the area to root out Taliban and al Qaeda militants.

Defense of Israeli Assassination Policy by the Bush Administration and Democratic Leaders

The U.S. veto of a proposed UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel’s March 22 assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin has once again placed the United States both on the fringe of international public opinion and in opposition to international legal norms.

Rise of the Machines

The push to replace soldiers with machines is impelled by an over-extended military searching for ways to limit U.S. casualties, a powerful circle of arms manufactures, and an empire-minded group of politicians addicted to campaign contributions by defense corporations.

    Just Security | July 19, 2008

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    The Nation - Editors Cut | July 27, 2007

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    The Asia Times | July 21, 2007