Issues / Labor, Trade, & Finance
The consequences of September 11th remain visible on several fronts
The al Qaeda phenomenon is best seen as an association of like-minded groups operating in many countries with some loose coordination, with more centralized training, financing, and technical expertise available when required.
All of the political signals coming out of Washington indicate a conflict within the next three months, and there are numerous indications that the final phase of the build-up of military forces is imminent.
If America wants rest of the world to go with her, the American administration will have to stop considering itself the ultimate arbiter of good and evil.
If the new rationale for NATO is the War on Terror, and if its Rapid Response Force is directed to territories outside the region of its member states, then NATO's transformation has serious implications for Asia.
Regimes may loudly proclaim their fears of a war, yet privately allow the U.S. some leeway, and even give tentative support for its war plans.
In the days and months ahead, the Labor party and the Israeli Left are at what could be an historical crossroad.
A shift in the nation-building strategy adopted by the international community in Afghanistan is needed.
The new U.S. "road map" for peace in the Middle East presented by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William J. Burns is no more than a placebo for consumption by both Palestinians and the world community
The fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in November 2001 presented the international community with an unprecedented opportunity to restore peace and security to a perennial trouble spot.