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.


Lebanon No Model for Iraq

Increasingly desperate to find a winning formula in Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials are promoting Lebanon as a political model for Iraq.

Time for Bush to Walk the Talk

Bush’s nomination acceptance speech was notable, not for what he included but for what he left out–the problems and missteps that have plagued the Bush administration’s foreign policy.

"Crazy Mike" in "Indian Country"

While President Bush told the UN General Assembly that Washington’s belief in “human dignity” was the main U.S. motivation for pursuing the war, two articles that appeared in two major U.S. newspapers the same morning offered the delegates an altogether different subtext.

Expect No Change in Second Term Foreign Policy

If President Bush wins a second term, can the world expect a radically different foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere?

When “Scores” Count

September turned out to be a tragic escalation over preceding months in the multinational reach and catastrophic scale of exclusively human violence.

House Republicans and Democrats Unite Linking Iraq with 9/11

On the eve of the third anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution linking Iraq to the al-Qaida attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

A Humphrey-Nixon Redux?

Both Republicans and Democrats have nominated presidential and vice-presidential candidates who have supported the war from the beginning and have pledged to continue fighting it for years to come.

Forget Battles, Think Bridges

Since September 11, 2001, American public diplomacy has been on a communication treadmill trying to find the “right” message that will win the hearts and minds of skeptical foreign publics.

Settlers’ Bust

Much has been written in support of and against Sharon??s planned disengagement from the Gaza Strip, to include the dismantling of the settlements in the Gaza Strip, isolated settlements in the northern part of the West Bank, and the redeployment of the Israeli army within the Gaza Strip; yet one crucially important aspect has been overlooked by most commentators: the precedent of dismantling settlements and its potentially transforming and cathartic affect on Israeli society.

For Scary Halloween Reading, Dig Deeper into the Duelfer Report

America received a frightening jolt when the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that heavy-duty explosives perfectly suited for terrorist bombing attacks had gone missing from critical sites in Iraq.

The Iraq Quagmire Deepens

The pageantry of the U.S. elections over the past few weeks hid from the eyes of many Americans the massing of U.S. troops on the outskirts of Fallujah.

Arafat Was the Excuse, Not the Reason, for the Failure of the Peace Process

While there are many negative things one can say about the late Yasser Arafat, he was not the primary reason for the breakdown in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Palestine Greater Than Arafat

The Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence is larger than the late President Yasser Arafat.

Iraq and the U.S. Legacy

To date, efforts by the U.S. to recreate a stable, new order that incorporates the best traditions and practices of the past, nourishes expectations for the future, and meets the immediate needs of the population, have lagged significantly.

101 Steps Toward a More Secure World

The newly released United Nations report, “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility” has the potential to reshape the United Nations and redefine collective security.

Missile Defense

With public attention focused on Iraq, the Bush administration’s prized missile defense system has been far from the limelight. But make no mistake, it’s still chugging along.

Blowback from Iraq War Is Global, and Growing

blowback increasingly characterizes global reaction to Bush administration policies in and out of the Middle East.

Will Calls for Sharing Responsibility in New UN Report Fall on Deaf Ears?

The “High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change” that Kofi Annan asked to study how the UN copes with the threats of the new century and their report, “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility,” admirably points out that there is more to reform than simply tinkering with organizational diagrams and flowcharts.

The Unintended Consequences of Crisis Public Diplomacy: American Public Diplomacy in the Arab World

With the end of major military action in Iraq, U.S. public diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim world has entered a new, more challenging phase.

FTAA Fails to Gain Support from Citizens and Governments Across the Region

Trade ministers from the Americas are meeting in Miami November 20-21 to discuss plans to complete—or drastically scale back the scope of—the negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

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