Korea and the U.S. Elections

Korea and the U.S. Elections

It’s election time in the United States, and once again Washington doesn’t care about Korea. I realize that this is a difficult pill for Koreans to swallow. Koreans naturally believe that, since Korea is at the heart of East Asia and East Asia is at the...
Review: Bending History

Review: Bending History

Barack Obama spent much time on the campaign trail proposing a dramatic vision to change not only the United States for the better, but also the world. The candidate outlined a new, multilateral global order with America still leading, particularly regarding hard...
President Obama’s Strangely Pragmatic Doctrine

President Obama’s Strangely Pragmatic Doctrine

Cross-posted from There Will Be War. It can be really depressing studying foreign policy and international conflicts. It’s mostly bad news. Especially when, in addition to the death, destruction, terrorism and war reporting on mainstream media, you must also...
Operation Lip Service

Operation Lip Service

The popular uprising in Bahrain shows no signs of going away. The royal family tried crushing the revolt, importing shock troops from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. It tried jailing important figures in the opposition, such as human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja,...
U.S. Torturers are Still Awaiting Arrest

U.S. Torturers are Still Awaiting Arrest

Treat ’em harshly, Go to town! There’s no court To bring us down. Torture isn’t a good subject to fail on one’s moral report card. If you’re an individual, St. Peter is likely to take a dim view. If you’re a nation, it can cost you...
Inching Toward Progress on the North Korean Nuke Problem

Inching Toward Progress on the North Korean Nuke Problem

Following years of deadlock, the United States and North Korea finally struck a deal in late February. But it raises questions about whether this is a step in the right director or another North Korean ploy to gain concessions. Perhaps both. It all depends on whether...
Author Event: Prophets of War

Author Event: Prophets of War

William Hartung’s Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex is an exposé of America’s largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the...
Washington’s Dangerous New Military Strategy

Washington’s Dangerous New Military Strategy

The Iraq War was a disaster, so the United States needs a new foreign policy. Instead of invading foreign countries with tens of thousands of troops and trying to occupy and control the political process, President Barack Obama has embraced a new foreign military...
A Conversation with IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis and Ethelbert Miller

A Conversation with IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis and Ethelbert Miller

Poet, writer and IPS Board Chair E. Ethelbert Miller will interview IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis about her life and work. Today, Phyllis is a leading scholar-activist and voice of reason on the Middle East and on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She works in the...
The Sick Man of North America

The Sick Man of North America

A century ago, the Ottoman Empire was falling apart as a result of disastrous wars and economic decline. Dubbed “the sick man of Europe,” the Ottoman Empire was not ultimately able to pull itself together. It expired in the flames of World War I, but not...
State of the Union’s Foreign Policy: Unilateral Triumphalism

State of the Union’s Foreign Policy: Unilateral Triumphalism

In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama began with what is widely perceived to be his strong suit: foreign policy. The nation is safer under his watch, he reassured his audience, now that Osama bin Laden is gone, al-Qaeda is broken, and...
Review: The United States of Fear

Review: The United States of Fear

Tom Engelhardt’s most recent work, The United Sates of Fear, offers a sobering analysis of U.S. policy in the post 9/11 period, painting a bleak assessment of what he labels an empire in decline. Through his straightforward prose, which avoids the daunting...

Fumbling Foreign Policy

From Mitt Romney’s juvenile $10,000 bet with Rick Perry to Ron Paul’s declaration that death by untreated illnesses is “what freedom is all about,” the Republican presidential candidates haven’t missed an opportunity to sound off-base and...