Category: International Relations

Comments on latest release of Wikileaks documents

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, ahulnick@bu.edu “These leaks are as dangerous to the U.S. as a terrorist attack, and the people who stole this material ought to be tracked […]

Experts available on WikiLeaks scandal

The following Boston University experts are available to give expert commentary and analysis on the current Wikileaks scandal: Arthur Hulnick, International Relations professor; a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA Contact 617-353-8978, ahulnick@bu.edu     Joseph Wippl, International Relations professor; a 30-year CIA veteran Contact 617-353-8992, jwippl@bu.edu      Tom Fiedler, […]

New N. Korean nuclear enrichment facility surprises S. Korea

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 […]

French strikes continue

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 […]

France, Roma, and the EU

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 […]

North Korea heir apparent

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 […]

Karzai aide linked to CIA

The 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 […]

"Katrina on steroids"

With 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 […]