The recent announcement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the United States will open an embassy in Libya was welcome news all around. Long overdue, the restoration of full diplomatic relations is a win-win situation for both Libya and the United States, as well as for other states in and out of the Middle East. The U.S. decision also marks a significant shift in the foreign policy of the Bush administration, a change most observers have overlooked.
The World Bank backed down in a dispute that illustrates what's wrong with lending to poor nations for oil and gas production.
China's growing economic power and global presence coincide with severe economic and social challenges at home.
As the U.S. Senate begins debating the new nuclear agreement with India, far too little attention is being paid to the regional security implications of the deal.
The concept of "dual allegiance" is inconsistent with the moral foundation of American democracy.
Growth in India occurs against a backdrop of deepening inequality.
Nuclear proliferation can at best only be slowed down through a process of sanctions and double standards. The use of force shall serve to make other states believe that if only they had the bomb they would be safe. This way leads to catastrophe. The alternative, non-proliferation by cooperation and consent, cannot succeed as long as the United States is insistent on retaining and improving its nuclear arsenal and allowing its allies to have these weapons.
Double standards are revealed once again in terms of U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Peruvian elections will be notable for either marking a new neopopulist victory by a former military officer or the first woman Peruvian president.
By blaming promordial hatred for the sectarian violence in Iraq, the Bush administration is ignoring the effects of the war and other decisions made by the United States during the occupation that have fueled the violence.