Articles by Ronald Bruce St John

Dialogue on Laos and Vietnam

December 19, 2006 | Ronald Bruce St John and Andrew Wells-Dang debate the relationship between economic and politics in Laos and Vietnam.

Laos: Power Trumps Reform

December 18, 2006 | Without political reform, Laos will continue to be mired in debt and poverty, argues Ronald Bruce St John.

Garca’s First 100 Days

November 21, 2006 | Peru's new president is pushing free market policies and promoting social justice. Can he do both?

Decision on Libya Marks Shift in Bush Foreign Policy

May 25, 2006 | 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.

Peru’s Humala is Washington’s next "Worst Nightmare"

April 24, 2006 | The White House has to be concerned about the potential election of another Latin American government allied to the likes of Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales, overtly challenging the flagging war on drugs, and highly critical of neoliberal, free market economic policies. Eying the runoff against Alan García Pérez, Ollanta Humala Tasso has softened his rhetoric in recent days; but to be successful in the May round of elections, he must retain the support of the core constituency that propelled him to victory in April.

Tao, Bush, and the Nature of Things

February 16, 2006 | It is customary early in the New Year to recommend good books to read. And the "Tao Te Ching" should be at the top of President Bush's list. Careening from crisis to crisis with approval ratings drooping, the president should consider the opening lines of chapter 80. "If a country is governed wisely, its inhabitants will be content."

Deconstructing the Libya Option for Syria

December 9, 2005 | The White House took the wrong lessons from Libya’s decision to renounce weapons of mass destruction and rejoin the international community. The Libya model may yet provide a path through the Syrian imbroglio but only if applied correctly.