Category: International Relations

Comments on latest release of Wikileaks documents

November 29th, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

Three BU International Relations professors offer the following comments on the latest release of WikiLeaks documents:

Arthur Hulnick, a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA. Contact 617-353-8978,

“These leaks are as dangerous to the U.S. as a terrorist attack, and the people who stole this material ought to be tracked down just like someone from Al Qaeda. The FBI should have been on top of this after the first series of leaks from WikiLeaks. Other countries will be reluctant to share intelligence with us, and diplomats will wonder why the U.S. can’t keep secrets. The press cannot be faulted for publishing, but someone in government ought to be found and punished.”

William Keylor, author of “A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945″; Contact 617-358-0197,

“If the ‘cable traffic’ between American ambassadors abroad and the State Department is accessible to any disgruntled PFC in the U.S. Army, then why the expressions of shock and outrage that it finds its way to the public? If the U.S. government is unable to devise a reliable communication system that will ensure the diplomatic cables are read only by the restricted list of intended recipients, then we can expect a full and continuous publication of all such messages. It is difficult to imagine how diplomacy can be conducted in such an environment.”

Michael Corgan, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who taught there and a specialist in international security with extensive service in political and military planning (especially NATO). Contact 617-353-3553,

“Mr. Assange has taken away secrecy and we and perhaps the world will surely suffer for that. WikiLeaks, whose founder doesn’t really understand how the U.S. constitutional democracy was meant to work, has ensured that we will not be trusted in our foreign relations efforts for a long time to come. For the ordinary citizen the appropriate question might be, just how many friends do you have that can’t keep a secret?”

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Experts available on WikiLeaks scandal

November 29th, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

The following Boston University experts are available to give expert commentary and analysis on the current Wikileaks scandal:

HulnickArthur Hulnick, International Relations professor; a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA

Contact 617-353-8978,



WipplJoseph Wippl, International Relations professor; a 30-year CIA veteran

Contact 617-353-8992, 



fiedler_tomTom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication; Expert on American politics; a regular contributor to Politico “The Arena”

Contact 617-353-3488,



zelnick_bobRobert Zelnick, Journalism professor; Former ABC News foreign correspondent

Contact 617-353-5007,

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New N. Korean nuclear enrichment facility surprises S. Korea

November 22nd, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

The South Korean government was apparently caught by surprise when it was revealed that  North Korea had built a uranium enrichment site near their main nuclear facility. International Relations professor William Keylor offers the following comment:

“The key intelligence challenge will be to discover how the North Korean government succeeded in what seems to be another important step toward becoming a serious threat to the security of North Asia.”

For additional commentary, contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197,

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French strikes continue

October 15th, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

Protests over pension reforms in France continue to escalate. Students have joined the protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. International Relations professor William Keylor offers the following view.

“How ironic is it that 16-year-old high school students are protesting against a campaign to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. Who says that today’s youth (at least in France) is concerned only about issues that directly affect it? It is a reflection of the intense political consciousness of this country as well of the tradition of going into the streets to influence public policy.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197,

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France, Roma, and the EU

September 29th, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

France may face legal action from the European Union over its expulsion of more than 8,000 Roma, the term used to describe gypsies from Eastern Europe. The EU has given France until October 15th to show that the expulsions were lawful. International relations professor William Keylor, author of “A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945″ and an authority on the history of modern France, gives an historical perspective.

“If President Sarkozy has singled out Roma in France for expulsion based on their ethnicity, then the policy is patently discriminatory and the French government fully deserves the harsh criticism to which it has been subjected.

“But Commissioner Reding’s implied comparison between the eviction of the Roma in 2010 and Hitler’s policies during World War II is outrageous. The Nazis did not just expel the Roma within the territories they controlled. They systematically exterminated thousands of them as well as six million Jews. A sense of proportion is called for here.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197,

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North Korea heir apparent

September 28th, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il promoted his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to rank of four-star general in the People’s Army. Also made a four-star general was the leader’s 64-year old sister, Kim Kyong-hui. Both moves set the stage for the future leadership of the country. International relations professor William Keylor gives his view on the move.

“As the 27-year old four-star general prepares to take power, he had better keep an eye on his four-star general aunt.

“This maneuvering in the palace, reminiscent of royal intrigue in 17th century England or France, would be hilarious if it did not involve a country with nuclear weapons and a delivery system.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197,

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Further action on the yen?

September 22nd, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has warned he is ready to intervene again on the yen saying such action would be unavoidable “if there is a drastic change in the currency.” International Relations professor William Grimes is Director of the Center for the Study of Asia and a specialist in Japanese and East Asian political economy. His latest book is “Currency and Contest in East Asia.” He offers the following comment on the possible action by PM Kan.

“The threat to intervene again if the yen strengthens is not surprising. Previous announcements made clear that the Japanese government was prepared to fight yen appreciation, and with over $1 trillion in foreign currency reserves there is plenty of ammunition.

“Unsterilized intervention is, practically speaking, the simplest and probably most effective way of carrying out quantitative easing.”

Contact William Grimes, 617-353-9410,

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An analysis of President Obama's Iraq Address

September 1st, 2010 in International Relations, Military, Politics 0 comments

President Obama spoke from the Oval Office on Tuesday night declaring “it’s time to turn the page” on the seven-year combat mission in Iraq.

International Relations professor William Keylor gave his analysis of the president’s speech in an interview on NECN saying “This war is coming to an end not with a bang, but with a wimper.”

Contact William Keylor at 617-358-0197,

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Karzai aide linked to CIA

August 26th, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

CIA logoThe New York Times reports that a key aid to Afghan President Hamid Karzai is on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency payroll and has been for years.  The aide, Mohammed Zia Salehi, is the chief of administration for the Afghanistan National Security Council and is at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation.  International relations Professor Arthur Hulnick, a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA, says relationships the agency develops overseas inevitably include some people of questionable character.

“But that’s how the agency finds out what’s happening.  Too bad that people who understand intelligence — and the New York Times reporters certainly do – -still spin the story to make it appear that the CIA is somehow ‘evil.’  They know better, even while the public is misled.”

Contact Arthur Hulnick, 617-353-8978,

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"Katrina on steroids"

August 25th, 2010 in International Relations 0 comments

Pakistan floods '10With one-fifth of Pakistan under water (greater than the size of England), more than 1,500 dead, and 6 million homeless, torrential rains continue to haunt the southeast Asian nation and threaten both its fragile democracy and its touchy relationship with the United States.  In a BU Today interview, Pakistani-born international relations Professor Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, says Americans should think of the Pakistan floods as “Katrina on steroids” and open their hearts to the victims.  He also says it’s an opportunity to improve U.S.-Pakistan relations.

“The U.S.-Pakistan relationship is based on mutual distrust … The way to build that trust is to show real compassion and real humanity. If we do it out of strategic intent only, we will end exactly where we began: at a transactional relationship. If we do it out of real compassion, then maybe, just maybe, we could actually turn this relationship on its head and make it one based on real trust.”

Najam’s blog, “All Things Pakistan,” includes a list of humanitarian agencies where people can donate to the Pakistan relief effort.

Contact Adil Najam, 617-358-4000,

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