AfPak: Negotiate from Strength

This is part of a strategic dialogue on Pakistan and counterterrorism. See Fouad Pervez’s opposing argument here, and their respective responses here. The start of a new administration in Washington is an appropriate time to assess U.S. counterterrorism strategy...

How Progressives are Engaging the Obama Administration

The right-wing journal Human Events recently wrote that “Obama is a shadow puppet for the Institute for Policy Studies.” Flattering and a bit of a stretch. Yet IPS is at the center of the key policy debates taking place in and around the Obama...

Farewell, Monroe Doctrine

President Barack Obama could swiftly improve U.S. relations with Latin America by announcing the death of the Monroe Doctrine and then presiding over its funeral. Such a statement would cost him little domestically, and win him praise and appreciation throughout Latin...

Gaza Crisis: Israeli Violations & U.S. Complicity

The Gaza Crisis: December 2008 The death toll in Gaza continues to rise. The carnage is everywhere—city streets, a mosque, hospitals, police stations, a jail, a university bus stop, a plastics factory, a television station. It seems impossible, unacceptable, to...

The Gaza Crisis: Israeli Airstrikes & U.S. Complicity

The death toll in Gaza continues to rise. The carnage is everywhere—city streets, a mosque, hospitals, police stations, a jail, a university bus stop, a plastics factory, a television station. It seems impossible, unacceptable, to step back to analyze the...

Detractors of Hillary

We were promised change, and when it comes to U.S. domestic policy we will likely get it. The Obama administration is readying a huge economic stimulus package. The president-elect recently announced that his nominee for secretary of labor is Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA),...

No More Axes

In Poland, in the first years after the fall of communism, the architects of its “shock therapy” economic reforms often compared their program to cutting the tail off a cat. If, for some reason, you were given the assignment of removing the unfortunate...

Speak Memory

I wasn’t there to hear horror stories. The refugees that gathered in the living room of the house in this small village outside of Sarajevo were participants in a community garden project. In urban plots throughout Bosnia, families from different faiths and...

Obama’s Foreign Policy Challenges

RAY SUAREZ: Welcome to the Online NewsHour’s Insider Forum. I’m Ray Suarez. Recent terror attacks in Mumbai mark the newest foreign policy issue the incoming administration will face. In addition, this week a bipartisan commission reported the United...

Bomb India?

After the attacks in Mumbai last week, should the United States bomb suspected terrorist cells in India? Send the Marines to Kashmir where one of the suspected groups behind the attacks — Lashkar-e-Taiba — originates? Or initiate regime change in Pakistan,...