The Second “5 Days for the Cuban 5

The Second “5 Days for the Cuban 5

Join us in Washington DC to add your voice along with Angela Davis, legendary activist, scholar and author; Father Miguel D’Escoto, former Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, President of the 63 General Assembly of UN 2008-2009; Ignacio Ramonet, journalist, writer...
Our Endless State of War

Our Endless State of War

When will wartime Ever end? Always seems Around the bend. Combat’s different today than when your grandfather earned his medals. Armies no longer advance and retreat along battle lines. Tanks no longer maneuver. Fleets don’t engage. We’re past all...
Playing the Spoiler in Colombia

Playing the Spoiler in Colombia

When Barack Obama entered office in 2009, many Latin America specialists reveled in the prospect that U.S. policy would reform its Cold War approach to a region that is a major source of foreign oil, illegal immigration, and illicit narcotics. The United States would...
Ten Years and One Month Later

Ten Years and One Month Later

When I look back on the news cycle over the last two months, I think of 9/11 and floods. On the morning of August 28, I turned on the television and watched as the local newscaster showed the Hudson River lapping against the top of the concrete bulkhead, threatening...
Headlines or Not, the Iraq War is Not Over

Headlines or Not, the Iraq War is Not Over

It might seem like there’s a cause for celebration after reading the New York Times headline, “Iraq War Marks First Month with No U.S. Military Deaths.” But the smaller print on the page reminds us why celebrating is not really in order: “Many...

Why Not a Fantasy Foreign Policy League?

News coverage of terrorist groups in the American media increasingly sounds like sports commentary. Not just because of the incessant moralizing or the play-by-play rundowns. It’s just that we waffle between “an evolving threat,” “a renewed...
War Fatigue and the Un-Critical Critics of War

War Fatigue and the Un-Critical Critics of War

From Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya, the first decade of the 21st century has solidified the U.S. reputation as the energizer bunny of war. While these conflicts continue to rage on, there are a growing number of signs that even the United States has a limit to how much...
The New Face Of War

The New Face Of War

The assassination of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden did more than knock off U.S. Public Enemy Number One. It formalized a new kind of warfare, where sovereignty is irrelevant, armies tangential, and decisions are secret. It is, in the words of counterinsurgency...

Lighting the Terrorist Fuse

Terrorist plots are suddenly everywhere. In Baltimore last week, a 21-year-old construction worker tried to blow up a military recruitment center. In late November, federal law enforcement officials arrested a Somalia-born teenager for plotting to bomb a Christmas...
Homegrown Fear Mongering

Homegrown Fear Mongering

The recent rash of charges against Somali-Americans on “conspiracy to provide material support” to al-Shabaab, a Somali rebel group on the U.S. terrorism list, seems designed to send a clear message that any support for the militants will lead to criminal...
NAFTA: Kicked Up a Notch

NAFTA: Kicked Up a Notch

The North American Free Trade Agreement is the world’s most advanced example of the U.S.-led free trade model. It’s not just about economics any more. The expansion of NAFTA into the Security and Prosperity Partnership reveals the road ahead for other...

Democrats Talk Tough

The conventional wisdom holds that a majority of Americans believe that Republicans do a better job of protecting America than Democrats do. This assumption has changed significantly as the Bush administration’s war in Iraq descends further into chaos and...