USAID Boycott Off Target

Palestine has scarce resources to face the enormous challenges in a struggle that has now continued for over five decades.

The Price of Failure in Kashmir

While the long-term challenge is to find a stable, final, and just solution to this problem, the short- and medium-term need is to find ways of de-nuclearizing South Asia, and to separate the militaries of the two countries perhaps through some kind of tr

U.S. Arms Transfers and Security Assistance to Israel

U.S. press coverage of Israeli attacks on the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian towns on the West Bank often treat the U.S. government as either an innocent bystander or an honest broker in the current conflict, often without giving a full sense of th

Central Asian Elites, Suddenly, Shift Into Revolt, Part I

The United States has treated the region primarily as a convenient staging base for its Afghan campaign, and all regimes have felt confident enough to use the threat of Islamic fundamentalism and al Qaeda to continue in their old ways.

The Homeland is in Danger

There comes a time when even a historian, well versed in patient, hysteria-free observation of historical processes, feels his hair stand on end as he realizes how bad, how really bad, things are getting.

Afghan Women Emerge As Elections Take Place

In a reversal of the oppressive Taliban era, educated Afghan women are using the elections to the upcoming Loya Jirga, or grand tribal council, to press for their civil rights.

Kim Jong-il: Promises, Promises

What it boils down to is that we can no longer place much stock in the high-and-mighty words of the North Korean leader.

Farewell Crusader? Insiders Will Cash In Regardless

A year and one-half into his tenure and on the brink of pushing the military budget over $400 billion per year, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has finally decided to cancel a major weapons program in the name of military “transformation.”

Farm Bill Outrage Goes Global

The ink was hardly dry on the furious newspaper editorials inspired by the Bush administration’s decision to protect the steel industry when along comes the Farm Bill to further stoke the fire.