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What should we expect from the Afghanistan Conference in Bonn?

What should we expect from the Afghanistan Conference in Bonn?

The 2011 Conference needs to make clear that the Afghan government and people, and their international partners, are united in their efforts to make tangible and sustainable progress towards a more stable Afghanistan in a more stable region.

Memogate Reveals Pakistan’s Hand

Memogate Reveals Pakistan’s Hand

Memogate reveals that Pakistan’s politics is as dysfunctional as ever. American policymakers and pundits have become so vehement about Pakistan’s failure to cooperate on counterterrorism that more pressing problems in the country have been overlooked.

Three lessons from the Arab Spring

Three lessons from the Arab Spring

Local leaders, activists, and regional and international organisations have a responsibility to make sure that these revolutions do not just result in a different brand of self-serving rulers.

Measuring Implicit Identification with the EU and its Effects

Measuring Implicit Identification with the EU and its Effects

Following the failure of the Constitutional Treaty, the EU has engaged in an effort to bring itself closer to the people. The role that functional and symbolic identity triggers can play in overcoming historical divides and in generating a sense of identification is of high significance.

Libya: The End of Intervention

Libya: The End of Intervention

Without Western responsibility for the outcome of the intervention in Libya and without any transformative promise, Western powers were strengthened morally and politically through their actions, whereas in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, they were humbled and often humiliated.

Why Men Rebel Redux: How Valid are its Arguments 40 years On?

Why Men Rebel Redux: How Valid are its Arguments 40 years On?

Why Men Rebel continues to be recognized as a classic because it helped lead the way to a systematic, people-based understanding of the causes of political protest and rebellion. The book itself and forty years of critical analysis also point to additional questions.

China’s Rising Navy Is Increasingly “Assertive” At Sea

China’s Rising Navy Is Increasingly “Assertive” At Sea

The best ally of peace in a period of massive Chinese naval build up in the Pacific is a strong United States that is committed to working with its allies and demonstrating such commitment to China to ensure that China’s maritime rise is peaceful rather than assertive.

Is al Qaeda on the Wrong Side of History?

Is al Qaeda on the Wrong Side of History?

The Arab Spring’s impact on the Global Jihad Movement is ironic. Al Qaeda, its associated groups and home-grown cells are no longer the agents of change. In the eyes of the people, this most powerful grouping of violent entities remains marginalized.

Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence, and the Middle East’s Future

Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence, and the Middle East’s Future

Events like the fall of Mubarak and the rise of the Islamic Renaissance Movement in Tunisian politics have led some observers to conclude that fundamentalism’s shadow will be cast over the Middle East. Simultaneously, as Tehran’s leaders trumpet their growing relationships with Islamist groups, it is feared that Iran will come out ahead in the region.

From Absence to Absence: The Visual Culture of The ‘War on Terror’

From Absence to Absence: The Visual Culture of The ‘War on Terror’

Throughout the last decade, news photography has re-presented the ‘war on terror’, in the form of military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, in ways consistent with military strategy. Much photojournalism exists within and reproduces an ‘eternal present’, obscuring the frames that narrow its perspective, rendering casualties and context as absent.

Four Reasons Not to Fear Chinese Intelligence

Four Reasons Not to Fear Chinese Intelligence

Overreaction in the West and the promotion of China as the next scary thing may seem like a relatively low risk option now that the end of the global war on terror is threatening defense/intelligence budgets and prestige. How China is integrated into the greater world system will define the coming century like no other single issue.

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