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Blood and Oil in Central Asia
Youth and Activism
Young people everywhere refuse to ignore the deadliest conflict since WWII, writes Kwaku Osei in Fighting the Forgotten War: Students' Activism for the Congo.
Obama's speech in Accra, Ghana, in some respects, set the tone for U.S. policy toward the African continent. FPIF and a coalition of organizations recommended a just policy for Africa that focuses on peace, the rule of law, human rights, and the environment in a recent briefing. You can read the press booklet for the event here. NEW: Listen to a recording of the briefing here.
Niger Delta Standoff: Kia Mistilis writes that oil companies and the Nigerian military are attempting to maintain control of what will soon be one-quarter of U.S. oil imports.
Charles Abugre, in What Obama Should Say in Ghana, notes that what Obama says in his Accra speech will influence Africa's place in the world.
Obama should repudiate U.S. support for Uganda's near-dictator, argues Beth Tuckey in Denouncing Dictatorship in Uganda.
The food crisis, very apparent in Africa, is still with us in the form of impoverished farmers and impoverished analysis. Anuradha Mittal analyzes the G8 summit's approach to world hunger in G8 Summit: Feed the Hungry or Fuel Hunger?
It's time for some straight talk on U.S.-Africa policy, says Gerald LeMelle in Straight Talk: Revealing the Real U.S.-Africa Policy.
Dance and movement therapy can help child soldiers deal with trauma and postwar reconciliation. David Alan Harris talks about his work in Dancing with Child Soldiers.
Niels Van Tomme, Siding with the Barbarians: Two radical artists have set up an immigration agency, a political consulting firm, a Ponzi scheme for marketing contemporary art, and seven other enterprises. Welcome to the mock entrepreneurial art of Société Réaliste.
The International Criminal Court failed to take into consideration politics inside Sudan and in the region when making its faulty indictment, argues Hussein Yusuf. But Meghan Stewart says that indicting the Sudanese president is a strategic opportunity to bring peace to the country. Read their responses here.
How can we tackle the global military industrial complex? Our call to action is a place to begin.
China and the United States should definitely be talking more about economic and environmental issues. But they also need to talk about reducing their military spending and avoiding a new cold war, writes John Feffer in The G-2 Paradox.
The Arms Race in Space: Bruce Gagnon says the Pentagon's spending like the sky's the limit...and beyond.
One way to deal with North Korea's nuclear program is to go regional, argues Jon Reinsch in No Nukes in Northeast Asia.
In Ploughshares Into Swords, John Feffer asks: Why is South Korean military spending going up even at a time of global recession?
The discussion on nuclear nonproliferation in East Asia must include civil society participation and focus more on tomorrow's vision than today's headlines, says Wade Huntley in The Promise of the Six-Party Process.
Peace and Security
Change Nuclear Weapons Policy? Yes, We Can.
The next president can and must take immediate steps toward a nuclear weapons free world.
The Case for U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Instead of scaling up an already disastrous war, the United States could change course in a way that would ultimately do a lot more to ensure the world's safety.
Syria learned yet again with the recent helicopter attack, when it comes to relations with Washington, no good deed goes unpunished.
Detaining the United Nations
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, wasn't allowed into Israel on a recent trip. That action fits a pattern of Israeli efforts to hide the human consequences of the siege of Gaza and of the escalating settlement expansion in the West Bank.
Challenging U.S. Global Dominance
The United States pushed NATO further eastward toward the borders of Russia while pouring money and armaments into Georgia, paving the way to the August war.
Postcard from ... the UN
In the midst of the food crisis, African farmers are finally telling their story directly to the world.
Green Paper Gold
Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello, and Brendan Smith
Here's an innovative way to tackle the economic crisis and global warming in one sweeping proposal.
Economic Woes? Look to Kerala
The Indian state of Kerala's alternative development model offers valuable lessons as the global economic crisis unfolds.
Charting a Progressive International Financial Agenda
We've got the best opportunity in 60 years to create a more pro-people global financial order.
The Africa That Pushes Back
Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Handouts and Hollywood celebrities obscure the real work being done in Africa today.
Saving Congo: Whither the EU?
The EU has an army of sorts. Maybe it should start using it for the common good.
Somalis can sort out their problems if the outside world just gives them a chance.
Ecuador's Debt Default
Neil Watkins and Sarah Anderson
The South American country's refusal to make "immoral and illegitimate" payments exposes an international financial architecture glitch.
Beyond the Drug War
The Obama administration should take advantage of promising new trends in Latin America to seek more effective and more humane drug control policies both at home and abroad.
Latin Americanists Urge Obama to Revamp Policies
More than 200 scholars are urging the new president to respect Latin America's new progressive leadership.
Pakistan and the Islamist Challenge
A.H. Nayyar and Zia Mian
Pakistan's failure to confront Islamic militants is a threat to itself, its neighbors, and the world.
Thailand: The Certainty of Uncertainty
After a coup two years ago and multiple protests since, Thailand has a new prime minister. But don't expect stability for the near future.
One China, 2.0?
The new Taiwanese president could substantially alter the cross-strait dynamic.
Turkey Between East and West
If Europe doesn't extend a welcoming hand, Turkey will drift eastward—and that's not good news for the United States.
A New Helsinki Accord
In the aftermath of the Georgia crisis, Europe needs to think big and craft a comprehensive new agreement on borders and sovereignty.
What To Do Now in Georgia
It's time for the UN to step up to the plate and help resolve the conflict.
Honduras: A Broken System Postcard from...Eastleigh Iraq: Nightmare or New Democracy? The Advent of the G14 Obama to Africa: Tough Love or Tough Luck? School of Coups Revamping Plan Colombia Fighting the Forgotten War: Students' Activism for the Congo Gassed to Death The Intelligence Oversight Mess North Korea's Papillon In Defense of Aid El Salvador's Gold Fight Would MLK Back Iran's Protesters? Blood and Oil in Central Asia Postcard From...the Niger Delta The Cost of Empire 60-Second Expert: The U.S. and the UN Disability Treaty Robert McNamara's Second Vietnam Obama Visits Africa's 'Oil Gulf'
Honduras: A Broken System
Iraq: Nightmare or New Democracy?
The Advent of the G14
Obama to Africa: Tough Love or Tough Luck?
School of Coups
Revamping Plan Colombia
Fighting the Forgotten War: Students' Activism for the Congo
Gassed to Death
The Intelligence Oversight Mess
North Korea's Papillon
In Defense of Aid
El Salvador's Gold Fight
Would MLK Back Iran's Protesters?
Blood and Oil in Central Asia
Postcard From...the Niger Delta
The Cost of Empire
60-Second Expert: The U.S. and the UN Disability Treaty
Robert McNamara's Second Vietnam
Obama Visits Africa's 'Oil Gulf'
The global financial crisis is emptying the pockets of people in rich, poor, and middle-income nations alike. In its wake, FPIF offers new solutions to the crisis and innovative alternatives to the now officially defunct “Washington Consensus.”
Is the Obama administration winding down our empire or simply trying to implement a kinder, gentler version?
Food prices are up all over the world. Is the current food crisis a temporary problem or a sign of something more serious?
The United States maintains more than 700 bases around the world and is pushing to set up even more. What are these bases doing, how is the Pentagon rethinking their functions, and how can we reduce this military footprint?
Religion and Foreign Policy
A look at the role of religion in global affairs. Read about missionaries, monks, and the intersection of monotheism and modernity.
With China emerging as the new global go-to guy, FPIF assesses this growing influence and its impact on U.S. foreign policy.
Introduction, Central Asia, Arms Sales, Partnership or Competition?, Southeast Asia, India's Nuclear Deal, East Asian Security, China's Labor Law, Taiwanese Independence, Cross-Straits Unification, China and the Environment, Kung-Fu Nationalism, Debate on Labor, China in Africa, China and Human Rights, Frankenstein Alliance, Conclusion
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