Issues / War & Peace
After a post-cold war decline, global military spending rose in 2000 to $800 billion.
President Bushs inclusion of North Korea in an axis of evil with Iran and Iraq is only the latest indication of Washingtons new hard-line approach to Pyongyang.
The U.S. has long considered Syria the most intractable of Israels front-line neighbors due to its autocratic government, links to terrorists, and virulent anti-Israel posture.
The violence of the past year and a half between Israelis and Palestinians has left more than 2,000 people dead, torpedoed the peace process, and turned the streets of the West Bank and Gaza Strip into battlefields.
Not since anticommunism was used to excuse the arming and training of repressive governments during the cold war has there been such a broad, fail-safe rationale to provide military aid and arms to disreputable foreign militaries.
President Bushs military budget increase and the war time unity on Capitol Hill have created an environment in which weapons makers can enjoy the best of both worldscontinuing to make money on the weapons systems of the cold war while reaping the benefits of a war time bonanza of new defense contracts.
ith its enormous oil wealth, large agricultural base, and population of over 20 million, Iraq has long been considered one of the most important countries in the Arab world.
The mid-1990s were heady years for the commercial space industry.
For a supposedly changeless, monolithic state, North Korea shakes up the staid world of diplomacy with surprising frequency.
Since 2000, when U.S. relations with both halves of the Korean Peninsula seemed to be on the upswing, Washington has managed to unravel its incipient relationship with Pyongyang while tangling its ties with Seoul.