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April 1, 2005

Persian Gulf Initiative to commence with April 6-7 conference

MIT's Center for International Studies is launching a multi-year series of workshops, public forums, and publications to explore urgent issues of the Persian/Arabian Gulf region.  The first series, this spring, will take up the "crisis of governance" in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran.

Analysis + Opinion

January 31, 2005

A focus on facts ought to dispel mistrust of US Muslims

John TirmanChristian Science Monitor

One of the mysteries surrounding the 9/11 attacks and the frequent terrorist alerts ever since is the role played, if any, by American Muslims in supporting Al Qaeda operations. But the cardinal question of whether domestic Muslim populations actually pose a security threat remains unanswered - indeed, unarticulated - in public discourse and official pronouncements.

Analysis + Opinion

January 11, 2005

Making the cuts, keeping the benefits

Cindy WilliamsNew York Times

In an effort to reduce the growth of the military budget, the Bush administration is poised to cut back a wide array of Pentagon programs, from jet fighters to a missile defense system. Pentagon leaders say the cuts will save more than $55 billion over six years. Whether these reductions herald the end of the rapid rise in military spending that began in 1999, however, is open to question.

Analysis + Opinion

October 29, 2004

100,000 dead in Iraq

John TirmanAlterNet

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University does what the Bush-Cheney administration refuses to do: Estimate the number of Iraqis killed in the last 18 months.

Analysis + Opinion

October 5, 2004

Draft lessons from Europe

Cindy WilliamsWashington Post

Although President Bush said during Thursday's debate that he would keep the all-volunteer system for bringing people into the military, the Internet continues to buzz with rumors of an imminent reinstatement of the draft. It is a subject thought to be worthy of serious discussion.

Analysis + Opinion

September 15, 2004

Forget the draft: fix the volunteer force and they will come

Cindy WilliamsGovernment Executive Magazine

For the first time since ending the draft in 1973, the United States is putting its all-volunteer military to the test. For the most part, the force is meeting the challenge for operations worldwide, but there are signs of strain.

Analysis + Opinion

September 7, 2004

Impunity from My Lai to Abu Ghraib

Balakrishnan RajagopalThe Hindu

On the morning of March 16, 1968, as many as 500 unarmed civilians were massacred by American forces in My Lai in Vietnam. It was the single worst act of atrocity committed by the U.S. military on foreign soil after World War II. The response by the political leaders was eerily similar to what we are seeing today in the aftermath of Abu Ghraib. 

John Tirman

Analysis + Opinion

April 2, 2004

One island, divisible

John TirmanWall Street Journal Europe

Even Kofi Annan's tireless efforts couldn't avert yet another failure in talks on reunifying Cyprus. The time ran out for the Turkish and Greek Cypriots, chaperoned by their motherlands' prime ministers, Wednesday night at midnight.

Analysis + Opinion

November 25, 2003

The changing face of Chinese diplomacy

Taylor Fravel and Evan S. MedeirosAsian Wall Street Journal

One of the most curious and underexamined aspects of the evolving North Korean nuclear crisis is the active and leading role played by China in the last nine months. Breaking with years of traditional Chinese passivity on global-security challenges, Beijing has helped to walk both Pyongyang and Washington back from the brink, surprising even China's critics.

Analysis + Opinion

September 16, 2003

Gunning for reform

Richard J. SamuelsTime Magazine

Koizumi's muscular approach to national security may be his defining legacy.  Everyone says Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is a "reformer." The press has variously labeled him a "maverick," a "lone wolf," "unusual" and "colorful." Certainly, Koizumi talks the talk of reform. Running for the premiership in 2001, he promised to pull up, root and branch, the causes of Japan's economic malaise.

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