In the Dragons Lair

Since the closure of its military bases in the country in 1991, the United States has incrementally regained, transformed, and deepened its military presence and intervention in the Philippines. The manner in which the United States has attempted to re-establish...

Asia’s Hidden Arms Race

Click here to see this column on the TomDispatch site, where it was originally published. Read all about it! Diplomats remain upbeat about solving the nuclear stand-off with North Korea; optimists envision a peace treaty to replace the armistice that halted, but...

Is China a Threat?

China’s unprecedented industrial growth over the last two decades has raised the question of whether it now poses a threat to the security of the United States economically, militarily, or both. Economically, the extent to which China truly threatens the United...

Chomsky on World Ownership

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On January 15, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in U.S. policy toward Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan. In the first part of this two-part interview, Chomsky also discussed how the...

Players and Plays at Bali

With less than 48 hours to go before the Bali climate conference comes to a close, it is now universally expected that the 13th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 13) will produce a watered-down “Bali Roadmap.” Once again, countries will be bending...

The Paradox of East Asian Peace

At the center of East Asia lies the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the Korean peninsula. The DMZ has been called the most dangerous place on earth. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers face one another across this divide. And yet, the DMZ is also the lifeline between North...
We’re Practically Giving it Away!

We’re Practically Giving it Away!

In those classic Crazy Eddie commercials, the pitchman promised prices so low “we’re practically giving it away.” For the last decade, Foreign Policy In Focus has done Crazy Eddie one better. We haven’t charged a thing for our priceless foreign...
Empire and Nuclear Weapons

Empire and Nuclear Weapons

Over the past six decades, the United States has used its nuclear arsenal in five often inter-related ways. The first was, obviously, battlefield use, with the “battlefield” writ large to include the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The long -held...

Pakistans Wounded Dictator

After more than two weeks of supreme military command, Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf has had enough. Enough of international pressure to lift martial law, that is. Claiming to “have introduced the essence of democracy in Pakistan, whether anyone...

Engaging Syria: We’d Be Crazy Not To

Some world leaders are not exactly negotiating material. The recently deceased leader of Turkmenistan renamed the months and days of the week after himself and his family and tried to build a palace constructed entirely of ice. No one really tried to negotiate with...

Summit: Post-Playground Politics

When two young boys square off in the school playground, they will often appeal to higher powers. “My big brother can beat up your big brother!” they cry out as a scare tactic. Even if the two kids don’t come to blows, one will still try to impress...

Summit Signals New Regional Order

When two young boys square off in the school playground, they will often appeal to higher powers. “My big brother can beat up your big brother!” they cry out as a scare tactic. Even if the two kids don’t come to blows, one will still try to impress...

Iran – Rationality in the Eye of the Beholder?

With the Bush administration continuing to threaten Iran, what do to has become a hot topic for the presidential candidates. As the American presidential race moves forward, the topic of Iran will likely remain a fixture in an election dominated by issues of national...
Burning the Ships? Iran and the United States

Burning the Ships? Iran and the United States

Editor’s note: The following is a excerpt of Chapter 9, “Nuclear Thresholds” from the author’s book, Engaging Iran. As the United States continues to move toward confrontation on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program by attempting to link...

Bazaar-o World

Name the country in the Middle East that is most anti-American. Egypt? Palestine? Lebanon? Try again. Try instead our key NATO ally, the third largest recipient of U.S. military aid, and one of the countries in line for membership in the European Union. Try: Turkey....