Regions / Asia & Pacific
As President Clinton goes to Vietnam this week, he carries with him a heavy weight of legacy from Americas longest war.
Global poverty today is no longer a legacy of the past; the new global poverty is not only the direct consequence of globalization, but an integral part of it.
The United States has an unprecedented opportunity today to play a constructive role in resolving South Asias chronic and expensive rivalry.
It is unfortunate that the first major post-Seattle legislative battle is over China and the WTO
James H. Nolt,"China in the WTO: The Debate."
The Pentagon has inflated the North Korean threat in order to rationalize its desire for a missile defense system, to justify a capacity to fight two wars simultaneously, and to explain the need to maintain 37,000 troops in South Korea.
For the past decade, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, the U.S. government has promoted a model of free-market global capitalism that it claimed would benefit the great majority of people both at home and abroad. This model has failed.
Joint Vision 2020, a Pentagon planning document, concluded that Asia will replace Europe as the key focus of U.S. military strategy in the early 21st century and pointed to China as a potential adversary.
The Clinton administration continues to promote the deeply flawed "Washington consensus" of neoliberal globalization in the APEC countries.
Indonesia's recent economic and political collapse is a stark example of the outright failure of a development paradigm promoting large-scale economic growth without political, social, legal, and environmental safeguards.