Issues / War & Peace
The Pentagon, arms manufacturers, and lobbyists push Congress to fund many outmoded weapons systems that were designed to fight a superpower foe.
Termed the No Mercy War by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), it has caused at least 65,000 deaths, displaced up to one million people, resulted in severe human rights abuses, and slowed Sri Lankas once-promising development.
U.S. military policies today marginalize women and entrench the masculinization of political life at home and abroad.
Indonesias military buildup and East Timor-style militia activities threaten to destabilize Papua and the region.
Massive injections of U.S. and Soviet arms have kept the war raging between northern and southern Sudan for nearly a half-century.
Since Indonesias invasion of East Timor in 1975, the U.S. has supplied the Indonesian army with more than $1 billion in arms.
In the U.S. the attractions of missile defense endure, fueled most recently by the apparent Gulf War successes of the Patriot missiles and by perceived threats of long-range missile launches by so-called rogue states.
Drug crop eradication has produced little effect on the price or availability of cocaine in the United States.
As leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere countries gather in Quebec City, Canada in April 2001, President George W. Bush hopes that the third Summit of the Americas will mark a step toward fulfilling his fathers dream of creating a free trade area stretching from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.
Given the atmosphere of suspicion and distrust that so often characterizes U.S.-China relations, it is vitally important that Chinese foreign policy and military capabilities be calmly and carefully assessed.