Reviving the Pacific Solution: The Houston Panel Recommendations

August 14, 2012 by

This is a story of embittered stinginess that never ends. Poorer countries have done more, and have been more conspicuous in the way they have been flooded (yes, flooded) by refugees. Nation states with porous borders, located in areas of regional conflict, have had to live for generations with the movement of displaced peoples. But it seems to be a golden rule that the richer the country, the more pinched it becomes.

Paul Ryan In, Foreign Policy Out

August 14, 2012 by

With former Gov. Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) lacking virtually any significant hands on foreign policy experience, and President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden commandeering foreign policy as their main accomplishment, and as some would argue, their only accomplishment, a reasonable foreign policy debate, it would seem, is something that voters are going to be robbed of.

Shifting Truths in Sinai

August 14, 2012 by

Two Toyota Land Cruisers filled with about 15 well-built gunmen in ski masks and all-black outfits appear seemingly out of nowhere. Behind them is vast, open desert. They approach a group of soldiers huddled around a simple meal as they prepare to break their Ramadan fast. The gunmen open fire, leaving the soldiers with no chance of retrieving their weapons. This is not an opening scene of a Hollywood action movie. The massacre actually took place at an Egyptian military post in northern Sinai on August 5.

Iran: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

August 14, 2012 by

I don’t know if you guys have heard, but apparently Israel is about to go to war with Iran. Not only that, but it doesn’t actually matter what is happening in Israel or the rest of the world, because any event or environment can be interpreted to mean that an Israeli strike is just around the corner. In fact, an imminent Israeli attack can be predicted based on two diametrically opposed sets of facts.

Russia in Africa

August 14, 2012 by

Ghanaian Kester Kenn Klomegah, Inter Press Service correspondent in Moscow has done some excellent reporting and analysis on Russia’s recent engagement with Africa. In a nutshell, he argues that Russia is under performing in Africa, especially as compared to countries like China and India. I particularly recommend his 10 August 2012 piece in Think Africa Press titled “Russia’s Relations with Africa Floundering.”

Tensions Mount over The Liancourt Rocks

August 14, 2012 by

South Korea and Japan have never been the most amicable neighbors. Ill-feelings resulting from Japan’s treatment of Korean’s during the Second World War still haunts many South Koreans. A fresh diplomatic row between South Korea and Japan over The Liancourt Rocks, that dates back several centuries, may permanently damaged relations between these two Asian powers. South Korea refers to the islets as “Dokdo” while Japan refers to them as “Takeshima”.