IS BACK IN STYLE
University professors Margaret and Melvin DeFleur have updated their study
of attitudes about America in different countries of the world. Click
here to see the an interactive guide.
here for the full report as a pdf file
Isenberg's critique of Homeland Security and recommendations for improvements
[click on image to go to the executive summary]
SEARCH FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPON FOR LIMITED CONFLICTS
Bromley and David Grahame report on the Pentagon's search for a nuclear
FUTURE OF NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL
an interactive assessment
of nuclear disarmament after the Moscow Summit,
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BUSH AND THE STATE OF THE UNION
We will consult. But let there be no misunderstanding:
If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm, for the safety of our people
and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him.
(Applause.) Tonight I have a message for the men and women who will keep
the peace, members of the American Armed Forces: Many of you are assembling
in or near the Middle East, and some crucial hours may lay ahead. In those
hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your training has
prepared you. Your honor will guide you. You believe in America, and America
believes in you. (Applause.)
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POWELL EASES TOWARDS THE HAWKS ON IRAQ
on the side of diplomacy, Colin Powell now seems to be losing patience
and crossing over to the side of the administration hawks. His message
to Iraq is clear: actively help U.N. inspectors to fill in the missing
blanks, or prepare for the consequences. Read Powells take in a
press conference Monday.
(Colin Powell, Department of State, January 27, 2003)
at Davos (January 26, 2003)
VICTORY A CRUSHING DEFEAT FOR THE LEFT, BUT WHAT COMES NEXT?
was no surprise in Ariel Sharon's victory in Israels elections.
That has been a foregone conclusion for weeks. How Sharon will form his
next coalition is less certain. The absence of the left in Sharon's new
government is likely to cause problems. At the top of the list is the
fact that with the left out of the government, it is now free to discuss
issues such as settlements in the Occupied territories--a subject that
was off limits as long as both groups shared power. Haaretz
analyzes the hurdles faced by the new government.
(Haaretz, January 27, 2003)
details (Ha'aretz, January 29, 2003)
from the Gut (Haaretz, January 27, 2003)
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION PREPARING A NUCLEAR OPTION FOR IRAQ?
in the Los Angeles Times, military affairs analyst William Arkin, reports
that the U.S. Strategic Command based in Omaha, Nebraska, is preparing
target lists and preparing plans for using tactical nuclear weapons in
(William Arkin, Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2003)
FBI ORDERED TO MAKE LISTS OF MOSQUES AND MUSLIMS AS PART OF THE "WAR
the days immediately following 9/11, the administration went out of its
way to stress that all citizens are equal regardless of religious conviction
and that the Justice Department had no intention of targeting suspects
based on race or religion. Not any more. The FBI claims that it doesnt
want to investigate the mosquesjust protect them from terrorist
attacks. Not surprisingly, civil rights and Arab American organizations
arent buying that. (New York Times, January 27, 2003)
the report in the New York Times.
the response from the American Civil Liberties Union.
BOOBY TRAPS OIL FIELDS
Middle East News Agency quotes American intelligence experts as saying
that Iraq is already booby trapping its oil fields in anticipation of
a U.S. attack. A number of U.S. oil field firefighting firms have already
been booked in advance.
(Mena, January 27, 2003)
WAR ON TERRORISM IS NOT THE ONLY FRONT
the distraction of a future war with Iraq, the fact is that Washington
has failed to eliminate either Osama Bin laden or Al Qaeda. If anything,
Americans are even more vulnerable to the rapidly expanding number of
terrorist threats today than they were before 9/11. This months
issue of Foreign Policy magazine points out that the West has been losing
ground or treading water on five other major fronts as well: the war on
drugs, protection of intellectual property rights, international arms
trafficking, smuggling illegal aliens, and money laundering. What is going
on? The criminals are globalizing faster than unwieldy national governments.
Read Moises Naims analysis of the 5 wars of Globalization in Foreign
Policy, February 2003.
THE INSPECTION TRAP
Indyk and Kenneth Pollack note that Saddam usually runs up the white flag
when under pressure, only to resume his "cheat and retreat"
tactics as soon as the danger has passed. Indyk and Pollack recommend
stressing "compliance" not "cooperation." The Bush
administration should de-emphasize the hunt for a "smoking gun"
and concentrate instead on sharing intelligence with allies.
By Martin Indyk and Kennth M. Pollack, Brookings Institution, January
VERY OWN RUBICON
President may say that he still considers peace an option, but hardly
anyone who has talked with him lately gets that impression. Strobe Talbott,
president of the Brookings Institution points out that a quick victory
might win the U.S. new friends, but a protracted messy struggle can have
equally messy consequences. Just one nightmare scenario: a Muslim backlash
in Pakistan could sweep Musharraf from office and hand Pakistans
nuclear weapons to Islamic radicals, and that could inspire India to follow
the Presidents preemptive lead and launch its own nuclear war. Whatever
Bush decides, the longterm evaluation of his presidency will depend to
a great extent on how effectively American foreign policy demonstrates
leadership during the rest of his presidency.
By Strobe Talbott, Brookings, January 23, 2003
A WAR WITH IRAQ IS EASY. WHAT COMES AFTERWARDS IS A DIFFERENT MATTER
Center for Strategic and International Studies latest report on
Iraq points out that defeating Saddam is only half the struggle. Up until
now there is little indication that we are preparing manpower or resources
for the reconstruction of a post-conflict Iraq. A number of steps from
creating an international transitional military force, to hiring international
police, need to be initiated now. In short, when it comes to shaping a
post-Saddam Iraq, the administration needs to move from rhetoric to action.
(CSIS, January 23, 2003)
WOLFOWITZ AT THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
terrible as the attacks of September 11th were, we now know that the terrorists
are plotting still more and greater catastrophes."(Wolfowitz, CFR,
January 23, 2003)
House talking points
Rohatyn and Jean-Paul Bechat report on the future of North Atlantic Defense
THE MILITARY BALANCE IN THE PERSIAN GULF
the U.S. is rapidly stepping up its deployment, Russia is also sending
two anti-submarine destroyers. As the Russians explain," Their function
will be "protecting Russia s national interest in the region"
through intelligence collected about potential U.S. operations, not assisting
the United States in any possible campaign against Iraq." The Center
for Defense Information updates recent deployments from all forces to
CDI January 22, 2003.
steps up its deployment.
(Ministry of defense , January
THE RESERVES ARE CALLED UP
Pentagon is hastily transferring critical jobs from the reserves to the
regular Army in an effort to
reduce domestic political pressure against engaging the U.S. in a Middle
East war. This will reverse a Vietnam-era policy set in motion by General
Creighton Abrams. Abrams had wanted to make sure that the next time the
U.S. went to war the president would have to make certain that he had
full support of the entire American citizenry first. In remarks to the
Reserve Officers Association a week ago, Donald Rumsfeld repeated that
analysis, but added that it no longer seems relevant. Said Rumsfeld, "Apparently
after the Vietnam War there was a feeling that it would be wise to put
critical early-needed skills into the reserves, the theory being that
that way we would never have a conflict unless the reserves were mobilized
and the country was supportive and it could be sustained. The problem
with that is that we have a wonderful all-volunteer military. We have
a terrific total force concept
read the comprehensive report in the New York Times,( January 26, 2003),
read a transcript of Rumsfelds remarks to the Reserve Officers
Association (January 19-22, 2003) click here
BIG OIL ON COLLISION COURSE
dispute over pipeline routes sets the Kremlin against newly independent
"Big Oil." The oil companies want to choose their own pipeline
routes to the next generations biggest customersthe U.S.and Asia.
The Kremlin still wants to call the shots. The prize is control over who
has priority in tapping Russias immense oil reserves.
(Moscow Times, January 27, 2003)
glaring exception in the Democratic Republic of the Congos recent
progress towards peace is the eastern province of Kivu, where fighting
still rages. Kivu is where the ethnic tensions first erupted, and just
about everyone wants to reshape the province for their own ulterior purposes.
The ultimate result could be to push the Congo back into open warfare.
The International Crisis Group analyzes the multilevel conflict in Kivu
and its impact on the Congo peace process.
( ICG, January 24, 2003)
EMBASSY ATTACKED IN AFRICA
angry mob attacked the French Embassy in Cote dIvoire Sunday to
protest the latest French-brokered peace agreement. The mobs complaint:
the agreement gives away too much to the rebels.
(AP January 26, 2003)
COAST STILL NERVOUS A YEAR AFTER COUP
(All Africa news, January 4, 2003)
WARN OF POTENTIAL DISASTER, BUT WHO IS LISTENING THESE DAYS?
editor Mohamed Sid-Ahmed is part of an Arab delegation warning Europeans
about the unpredictability of launching a war in the Middle East. "A
military conflagration in the region will only increase the feelings of
resentment and helplessness that drive people to acts of desperation;
that is, instead of containing terrorism, it will lead to even more violent
terrorist acts." Sid-Ahmeds main point: turmoil in the Middle
East is about Palestine not Iraq, so why not handle the core problem first?
The French and Germans are sympathetic, but Washington isnt listening
to them, so what makes anyone think they will listen to a group of Egyptians?
in Al Ahram Weekly, January 23-29, 2003)
BLIX WALKS A TIGHT ROPE
chief avoided drawing any definitive conclusions in his report to the
U.N.. Instead, he emphasized that a monitoring structure is now in place
and it is up to the Security Council to decide what to do with it. That
said, Hans Blix pointed out that although the Iraqis are not blocking
inspections the way they did in the past, they are still addicted to a
strategy of "cheat and retreat." One example is an Iraqi lie
about the importation of 650 kilograms of biological growth medium that
could be used to produce anthrax. Pressed, Iraq resubmitted a report,
but excluded a critical table listing the material. "The absence
of this table would appear to be deliberate," Blix reported. "
The pages of the resubmitted document were renumbered." Not an unimportant
omission. "I note," said Blix," that the quantity of media
involved would suffice to produce, for example, about 5,000 litres of
concentrated anthrax." Another concern was the discovery of 3,000
pages of documents dealing with laser enrichment of uranium that were
hidden in an Iraqi scientists home, and an Iraqi Air Force document
that suggests that 6,500 chemical bombs, about 1,000 tons worth, are still
unaccounted for. (Hans Blix, UN, January 27, 2003)
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