Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Since 2009, the year the United States government officially decided to participate in the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have gone out of their way to tout the trade pact as “the most progressive trade deal...
When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime...
Film: The Day Diplomacy Died

Film: The Day Diplomacy Died

The Institute for Policy Studies and the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 host a screening with discussion of the 33 minute film The Day Diplomacy Died. There will also be a multimedia report back by IPS’ Netfa Freeman on the 9th...
Review: The New Protectorates

Review: The New Protectorates

The New Protectorates: International Tutelage and The Making of Liberal States, edited by James Mayall and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, brings together a variety of authors to tackle the complexities of state-building and new protectorates in an era categorized by...
The Future of South Sudan

The Future of South Sudan

On July 9, 2011 South Sudan is expected to become an independent state, Africa’s 54th. Prior to that date, much preparation must be done to establish a vigorous economy, stable government, and peaceful society. The name and capital of the country have yet to be...
Strategic Dialogue: Libya War

Strategic Dialogue: Libya War

In the second part of our strategic dialogue on the Libya War, Robert Naiman and Ian Williams respond to their initial essays. You can read the original essays here: Naiman’s anti-intervention essay Surprise War for Regime Change in Libya is the Wrong Path and...
Armchair Anti-Imperialism and Libya

Armchair Anti-Imperialism and Libya

In the first part of a new FPIF Strategic Dialogue on the Libyan War, Ian Williams argues that the choice is clear: to support the popular uprising and not the unpopular tyrant. See Robert Naiman’s anti-intervention argument here. Also see the two contributors...

The National Future of Belarus

Last December Vladimir Putin of Russia paid a visit to Aleksandr Lukashenka of Belarus. This prompted local and international media to speculate on whether the visit was to clinch a deal between the two presidents for a (re)unification of Belarus with Russia....

A New Kosovo

Someone should erect a monument in Pristina to Slobodan Miloševic as the godfather of the new country. If he had not abolished Kosovar autonomy, practiced a form of apartheid for a decade, and rounded it off with a brutal episode of ethnic cleansing and mass...

Sovereignty Through Decentralization

The claim that decentralizing decision-making power to local communities can strengthen national governments may seem like a contradiction. After all, the common assumption is that power concentrated at the national level strengthens a country’s autonomy....

Next Moves in Kosovo

Negotiations between Belgrade and Prishtina over the final status of Kosovo have officially failed, and Russia will veto any Western attempt at the UN Security Council to recognize the independence of this Serbian province populated by mostly ethnic Albanians. At some...

Taiwan’s Independence

China’s arguments against Taiwanese self-determination are not particularly legal or ethical. They boil down to the fact that Beijing has over a billion people, a huge economy, and over 900 missiles pointing at the nearby island. The latter figure, growing by 50...

When “Scores” Count

For tens of thousands of fans, it was a happy September–the pro-football season resumed, diverting attention from the political campaign and natural disasters. For thousands of others, however, September turned out to be a tragic escalation over preceding months...