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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.

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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.

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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.

Analysis + Opinion

September 5, 2003

UN credibility at stake

Balakrishnan Rajagopal The Hindu

To prevent a bad situation from getting worse, Kofi Annan must ask the U.S. to provide a clear time frame for a pullout as well as for the transfer of authority back to the Iraqis.

Analysis + Opinion

April 25, 2003

Europe cannot advance on two fronts

Barry R. PosenFinancial Times

Europe's political spat over the wisdom of the Iraq war has deepened scepticism about the future of the European Union's security and defense policy.

Analysis + Opinion

April 10, 2003

Flawed military model, made in the USA

Cindy WilliamsWall Street Journal Europe, p. A11

American troops entering Baghdad are not out of danger yet, and the occupation to come may take a continuing toll on the armies of the United States and Britain.

Analysis + Opinion

April 2, 2003

Transatlantic crisis will hurt arms industry

Cindy WilliamsEuropean Voice (Vo. 9, No. 13), p. 9.

Defence contractors in the United States and Europe are asking themselves what will happen to plans for transatlantic arms cooperation if relationships between the US and the continent’s great powers do not improve.