Issues / Democracy & Governance
The debate on UN reform has missed a crucial element--direct accountability of UN agencies to ostensible beneficiaries of their programs and services.
The coming years will undoubtedly witness intensive negotiations on global warming as concerns mount and the quantitative approach under the Kyoto Protocol makes little difference. As policy makers search for more effective and efficient ways to slow the trends, they should consider the fact that harmonized environmental taxes on carbon are powerful tools for coordinating policies and slowing climate change.
It is customary early in the New Year to recommend good books to read. And the "Tao Te Ching" should be at the top of President Bush's list. Careening from crisis to crisis with approval ratings drooping, the president should consider the opening lines of chapter 80. "If a country is governed wisely, its inhabitants will be content."
Iran is not the only major challenge to the NPT regime.
The U.S. gets an opportunity in February to end the genocide.
The director of the Arms Control Association debates a Fellow of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy on the way out of the current crisis in nuclear arms control.
Does the current crisis over the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran mean that the nuclear nonproliferation regime should be strengthened and reformed, or scrapped? Here is an argument for scrapping it.
Prospects for legal accountability for war crimes.
Next steps to address climate change.
We stand, first, with the emerging scientific consensus, which tells us we have very little time to act if we honestly expect to avoid a global (as opposed to a merely local) climate catastrophe.