No Happy Ending in Honduras

Did you know the Atlantic coast of Honduras features miles of stunning undeveloped beaches frequented only by local villagers? Or that its Mayan ruins at Copán are as haunting and spectacular as what you’d find in Guatemala or southern Mexico? Maybe that...
Review: The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s

Review: The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s

Since the attacks of September 11, protection from terrorism has become the United States’ national obsession. Demands for security from the terrorists that seemingly menace the country at every turn have led the U.S. military to occupy two countries and expand...
Iran-Saudi Relations: Rising Tensions and Growing Rivalry

Iran-Saudi Relations: Rising Tensions and Growing Rivalry

For decades, the Persian Gulf region – subsumed under a latent Sunni-Shia divide – was animated by a drama of Iraq-Iran rivalry; each power balanced the other. The elimination of Saddam Hussein, by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, introduced a new chapter...

War in Eastasia

July was the deadliest month yet for U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan. In Iraq, while political factions continue a five-month squabble over who will lead the government, insurgent violence is growing. The WikiLeaks info-dump of more than 90,000 documents, in...
Review: ‘Fixing Fractured Nations’

Review: ‘Fixing Fractured Nations’

In their book, Fixing Fractured Nations: The Challenge of Ethnic Separatism in the Asia-Pacific, editors Robert G. Wirsing and Ehsan Ahari compiled essays on several of the major ethnic conflicts that have plagued the Asian continent over the past several decades. The...
The Foreign Policy of Baseball

The Foreign Policy of Baseball

A few days ago, I turned on the radio and heard the sweet sounds of San Francisco Giants broadcaster Jon Miller announcing this year’s first spring-training game. I thought, “Ah, baseball is finally back, and all is well in our national pastime, our...

Bush’s Path from ‘Humility’ to ‘Bring it On’

He was focused on domestic issues. He promised a “compassionate conservatism.” In a 2000 presidential debate with Al Gore, he recoiled from the image of an arrogant United States offending the rest of the world. “If we’re an arrogant nation,...

Hearing Holds Clues to Clinton’s Foreign Policy Approach

Click here for the video and audio of this interview. GWEN IFILL: For more now on what to expect from a Secretary of State Clinton, we turn to Joseph Nye, dean of the Kennedy School at Harvard — he held intelligence and Pentagon posts in the Clinton...
Book Event: ‘Dateline Havana’

Book Event: ‘Dateline Havana’

Based on 40 years of firsthand reporting, veteran reporter Reese Erlich will talk about his new book Dateline Havana. He explores the historic U.S. domination of Cuba and the power of the Cuba lobby. He offers trenchant observations about Cuba’s political and...

Foreign Policy for Obama Should Be Approached with a Broad Vision

During his campaign, Barack Obama the candidate played it safe. He gave careful answers in the debates. He didn’t provide detailed foreign policy proposals. He spoke of the need for change, but stressed decisions he made in the past — like voting against...

Strange Strike

With one deadly strike, the Bush administration has offered a fitting epitaph to its “might makes right” policy towards Syria — and the rest of the Middle East. On October 26, nine days before the election, American Special Operations forces,...

A Memo to the Next President: Think Globally

With a global economic slowdown and a deepening food crisis, the biggest foreign policy priority for the next President must be building a global economy that benefits poor and working families in the United States and around the world. The World Bank estimates that...

Surrounding China’s String of Pearls

(Note: the following article was written for the Mother Jones blog as part of its special investigation series “Mission Creep: U.S. Military Presence Worldwide.”) In 1919, the English geographer Halford Mackinder argued that control of the “Eurasian...

Hear This Hammer Ring

Don’t you hear this hammer ring? I’m gonna split this rock And split it wide! When I split this rock, Stand by my side. – Langston Hughes When we first began organizing the Split This Rock Poetry Festival about a year and a half ago, I told people...