France sees the ascent of Anglo-American influence as having advanced at its expense not only in Iraq, but also in North Africa, a zone long considered to be France’s backyard.
This week, President Bush will be hosting representatives in Annapolis, MA for an Israeli-Palestinian peace conference. Carnegie's Mohammed Herzallah argues that the Palestinian leadership will be in a position to haggle in Annapolis without being held accountable by their own constituency. There must be a democratic connection between the Palestinian negotiators and the people they represent.
In the wake of the Annapolis meeting, the United States and Russia should consider putting together a diplomatic initiative to push parties in the country and the region to overcome the Lebanese presidential hurdle.
Lebanon is threatening to come undone in the coming days. The international community, and particularly the United States, need to focus urgently on Lebanon. The crisis in Lebanon deserves the most urgent and intense attention at the highest international political levels
The critical moments of the general congress of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) came when the delegates voted on amendments to the party’s bylaws and on new leadership bodies. The votes served as evidence that the NDP has been sufussed with supporters of Gamal Mubarak and the modernizing agenda he represents.
In attempting to hold on to power at any cost, Pervez Musharraf has alienated Pakistanis and precipitated a political crisis that could reverberate throughout the region. But in this unseemly effort the Pakistani president has found an important ally—the Bush administration.
Morocco conducted elections to the lower chamber of the parliament, the House of Representatives, on September 7. Local and international monitoring groups confirmed that the elections were conducted in a fair and transparent manner. However, voter turnout plunged to a historical low of 37 percent, down from 51 percent in the 2002 elections and 58 percent in 1997.
The decision by the United Nations Security Council to establish a Special Tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri and others under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter has dramatically raised tensions in Lebanon.
Kuwait is gripped by a state of political paralysis. A standoff between the ruling family and the elected parliament is aggravated by deep divisions within each side, making any kind of political movement difficult if not impossible.
Without special provisions, a Doha deal will do more harm than good for low-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. To benefit the world's poor and make a deal politically viable, rich countries should offer a development package that includes full duty-free quota-free access for the exports of the poorest.
With he potential for future political-military crises between Washington and Beijing, America’s enormous lead in virtually all aspects of military power, the heavy U.S. reliance on satellites for military purposes, and the absence of any formal agreement on the weaponization of space, it is little wonder that the Chinese are developing anti-satellite capabilities to even the playing field.
Aside from the tragedy and horror of Anna Politkovskaya's assassination, it is sad and depressing, though not unexpected, to witness how little reaction her murder has caused in Russia. In today's Russia idealism and direct challenges to the government authorities are scarcely regarded as virtues.
Analyzing the crisis in Russian-Georgian relations, Trenin looks at each country's objectives, strategies, and how they are working. U.S. and Russian interests clash where it comes to geopolitics and geo-economics, and this lingering crisis is a cause for major concern and calls for fundamental policy re-evaluation and policy revision.
Global trade talks at the WTO were suspended indefinitely because key countries could not agree on how deeply to reduce tariffs on farm products and farm subsidies. Without real concessions, these talks will fail, and the world will lose an important opportunity to integrate the poorest and most marginalized countries into the global economy.
Trying to understand what is really going on in the Kremlin is like peeling an onion : layer by layer by layer with the only certitude that the process will bring you to tears. Kremlin politics can be described as “democracy within one fortress”; it is almost a completely nontransparent ruthless struggle where the stakes are high for the participants as well as those outside the Kremlin walls.
Rather than being primarily composed of a shadowy subversive network of international terrorists, most of the central players in the A.Q. Khan proliferation network were well-to-do Anglo-Saxons. They were clever and exploited voids in national and international export control laws to sell their wares. Greed was their central motivation.
Vladimir Putin is lucky because he happened to become president of Russia amid skyrocketing oil prices. But Vladimir’s good fortune extends beyond his petro-luck.