The Obama administration looks particularly bad, having spent so much diplomatic energy throughout the Arab Spring pledging to realign U.S. interests in the Middle East with American values of freedom, justice, and dignity.
The words of IPS fellow Phyllis Bennis following the attacks of September 11th still resonate today, as we examine not only the attacks from al-Qaeda, but the decision by the U.S. to attack Afghanistan less than a month later.
Does Washington possess a consistent set of foreign policy principles? Barack Obama has adopted the Kennedy practice to guard himself from political defeat by trying to look tough in the pursuit of war.
Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth exposes the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. The film locates the Congo crisis in a historical, social and political context. It unveils analysis and prescriptions by leading experts, practitioners, activists and intellectuals that are not normally available to the general public. The film is a call to conscience and action.
President Obama has the chance to completely retool U.S. policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring – but it doesn’t look likely that he will.
Phyllis Bennis: Message sent to Arab world was unilateral power, not justice.
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) released the official “Report of the Mapping Exercise” in October 2010. The report documents “the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003”. U.S. tax dollars fund U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda, which are deeply implicated in these mass atrocities, crimes against humanity, war crimes and possibly genocide in the Congo.
Let’s invest in diplomacy again by expanding the Peace Corps and making it more inclusive.
Egypt is the most important strategic Arab ally for the United States. However, events in Tunisia have started a domino effect in the Arab world.
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military industrial complex, he never would have dreamed that a company could accumulate the kind of power and influence now wielded by this behemoth company.
Keep these questions in mind when reading the cache of leaked State Department cables.
Pending legislation would place efforts to prevent and respond to violence against women at the center of the U.S. foreign policy and international aid agenda.
News from the Institute for Policy Studies: Ideas into Action for Peace, Justice, and the Environment
FPIF’s Emira Woods will be featured on a panel of the “Global-Local Forum” at UDC’s International Education Week.
Ecuador’s recent crisis proves that a decisive and unified response from the international community can help determine the outcome of an illegitimate coup.