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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's decision to pull out of the peace talks with Syria is a shameless capitulation to Israel's far right and raises serious questions as to whether the Israeli government is seriously interested in peace.
Despite all the profound disagreements and criticisms, the National Summit on Africa demonstrated decisively that there is a powerful network of activists in the United States who are working on Africa issues.
There is little hope for real progress in the Israeli-Syrian peace talks unless the Clinton Administration is willing to uphold human rights and international law.
Western powers appeared to be ill-prepared for the outbreak of hostilities when Slovenia and Croatia declared their independence on June 25, 1991.
Washington's support of the establishment of a credible coalition government -- including political leaders of all the various ethnic communities -- would represent a clear signal that the U.S. is sincerely interested in establishing a multiethnic Kosovo.
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In practice, however, Washingtons legacies of neglect and of inappropriate policies toward Africa have remained largely in place with the same overall guidelines
Instead of consulting with Russia over key foreign policy issues such as the Iraq bombings and allied policy toward former Yugoslavia, Washington has attempted to steer Moscow into a diplomatic backwater where it can exert little global influence.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the triumph in the Gulf War, the United States standsat least for a timeas the region's dominant outside power.
When the Soviet Union abruptly ceased to exist on December 25, 1991, it seemed that the West, particularly the U.S., finally had what it had always wanted--the opportunity to introduce quick, all-encompassing economic reform that would remake Russia in the West's own image.