The long strange trip
of a Singaporean Cold-War-era assault rifle into the hands of Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and what it reveals about the unintended consequences of the global trade in small arms and ammunition. [slnyt]
posted by killdevil
on Jan 26, 2012 -
The Protean Enemy
by Jessica Stern
, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2003What accounts for al Qaeda's ongoing effectiveness in the face of an unprecedented onslaught? The answer lies in the organization's remarkably protean nature. Over its life span, al Qaeda has constantly evolved and shown a surprising willingness to adapt its mission. This capacity for change has consistently made the group more appealing to recruits, attracted surprising new allies, and -- most worrisome from a Western perspective -- made it harder to detect and destroy. Unless Washington and its allies show a similar adaptability, the war on terrorism won't be won anytime soon, and the death toll is likely to mount.
Other texts by Jessica Stern: How America Created a Terrorist Haven
, Pakistan's Jihad Culture
, Talking With Terrorists
. Classical Reference: Proteus
posted by y2karl
on Nov 23, 2003 -
Stumbling Into War
by James P. Rubin, From Foreign Affairs
, September/October 2003
Why did most of the world abandon Washington when it went after Saddam Hussein? The war in Iraq could never have been an easy sell, but nor should it have been such a difficult one. The Bush administration badly botched the prewar maneuvering, presenting a textbook study in how not to wage a diplomatic campaign.
posted by y2karl
on Sep 21, 2003 -
Promoting Democracy and Fighting Terror.
"During the war on terrorism, George W. Bush has shown a split personality on the promotion of democracy abroad. Bush the realist seeks warm ties with dictators who may help in the fight against al Qaeda, while Bush the neo-Reaganite proclaims that democracy is the only true solution to terror. How the administration resolves this tension will define the future of U.S. foreign policy."
posted by homunculus
on Jan 8, 2003 -
The World Politics Heavyweight Fight: Huntington vs. Fukuyama:
Which of these two now classic approaches offers a more plausible vision of the world's future? Huntington's Culture Clash
[Foreign Affairs, 1993
] or Fukuyama's Pax Democratia
[National Interest, 1989
]? In an updating mode, Stanley Kurtz
[Policy Review, 2002
] measures their chances from a political viewpoint. On the same front,Jack Miles
[Cross Currents, 2002
] offers a refreshingly liberal and optimistic theological perspective. Yep, it's still
all about East meeting West, the Muslims and the rest of the us. Or even increasingly
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jul 9, 2002 -
Pick your narrative.
A selection of articles on the MidEast crisis from Foreign Affairs, providing various views of the interests, goals, and political dynamics on all sides, as well as the history of the two parties' recent interactions and American involvement in the region. Some stuff to consider at least before mouthing off.
posted by semmi
on Apr 22, 2002 -