Islamism in West Africa: Internal Dynamics and U.S. Responses
West Africa’s religious and demographic diversity poses signiﬁcant challenges to any single, coherent counterterrorism policy. In a region where Islamism is manifest in many forms, close attention must be paid to the internal dynamics of political Islam in order to prevent counterterrorist strategies from stoking the very agitation they are meant to preclude.
Life on the High(er) Seas: Adapting to Climate Change in the Maldives
Climate change presents an especially grave existential threat for citizens of the Republic of Maldives. The Forum spoke with Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid about the human dimension of the crisis, responses such as the Safer Island Strategy, and the need for international collaboration regarding this global challenge.
U.S. Policy Toward Iran: Missed Opportunities and Paths Forward
The incoming U.S. presidential administration should perceive Iran not only as a legitimate threat to American interests but also as an opportunity for creative statesmanship. A clear understanding of the factors and assumptions that have limited diplomatic efforts to date will enable smarter policy and proposals for a new way forward with Iran.
U.S. Smart Power in Latin America
The U.S. Navy faces changing military needs, new tactics in warfare, and shifting relationships between the United States and other countries. The Forum spoke with Admiral James G. Stavridis about humanitarian service groups, U.S. military efforts in Latin America, and qualities for leadership in the coming century. (View)
International Sport as a Vehicle for Peace
From Belfast to Beijing, the relationships formed through sports and athletic competition can bear the fruit of mutual understanding. Young athletes learn integrity, responsibility, and cross-cultural awareness—skills necessary for future leaders brokering peace.
Forward-Looking Leadership: A Syrian Perspective
Syria is strategically positioned to play a constructive role in addressing the political crises and conﬂicts that plague its neighbors. The Forum spoke with peace activist Hind Kabawat about avenues for closing the leadership gap in the region and prescriptions for peace that should be reinforced by the incoming U.S. presidential administration.
Fighting Health Pandemics and Governance Failures: A View from Geneva
Health pandemics continue to be one of the most pressing international issues requiring attention from a range of sectors and actors. The Forum spoke with Kingsley Moghalu of the World Health Organization about global partnerships, United Nations reform, and pandemics such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
Reconciliation in Sierra Leone: Local Processes Yield Global Lessons
Six years after the civil war in Sierra Leone, civilians still grapple with the consequences of atrocities committed by their neighbors. International peace-building efforts often neglect the grassroots level, but adopting traditional village practices of forgiveness and reconciliation has proven potential to heal fractured societal ties. (View)
The Constitution and U.S. Foreign Policy: The President, the Congress, and the People
The Iraq War has tested the balance of power among the U.S. President, Congress, and the American public in determining foreign policy. Although the executive branch has gained power in making short-term decisions, the American people have ultimately retained their inﬂuence over long-term policy.
The Arts in Global Society
In the wake of the historic visit by the New York Philharmonic to North Korea and the opening of China’s borders to arts organizations in preparation for the Beijing Olympics, the arts are increasing seen as a form of public diplomacy. The Forum spoke with Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School, about the value of the arts in the United States and the social responsibility of the artist as citizen.
A Legal Geography of Yugoslavia’s Disintegration
By Ana S. Trbovich
State Collapse in South-Eastern Europe: New Perspectives on Yugoslavia’s Disintegration
Edited by Leonard J. Cohen and Jasna Dragovic-Soso
Reviewed by Angela Kachuyevski
Chinese Naval Strategy in the 21st Century: The Turn to Mahan
By James R. Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara
Reviewed by Sea Thomas