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What’s in a name?

Will the NATO summit in Bucharest in April invite the (Former Yugoslav Republic of) Macedonia to join NATO, together with Albania and Croatia? The answer is ‘No’ unless Greece lifts its veto on the country joining NATO. The strategic reason for the veto is that the dispute over its name should first be resolved. The… » read more

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The international implications of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision (Medellin v Texas) that President Bush had no power to tell the state of Texas to reopen a death penalty case, need careful study. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled in 2004 that 51 Mexican nationals sentenced to death in the US were… » read more

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There must be something fundamentally wrong with a world when • submortgage losses are estimated at $300-400bn • one stealth bomber costs $1.2bn • one country is spending annually $150bn in Iraq • over one million people do not have access to clean water.

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Security First

That great Communitarian, Amitai Etzioni, compellingly argues that the first priority in foreign policy is to provide basic security, not to democratize (Security First, 2007, Yale University Press). He argues for a “muscular, moral foreign policy” for the United States. Security cannot, however, be mainly based on military forces, police and other methods of law… » read more

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Diplomatic whispers

The game of ‘diplomatic whispers’is a reversal of ‘Chinese whispers’ (see endnote). Diplomatic whispers begin with a given country’s embassy in Ruritania routinely sending to its foreign ministry ‘telegrams’ on the political, economic and social happenings and analyses of their implications. These reports are often written by diplomats who are relatively new to Ruritania, have… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Dear Friend 2007 has been another grim year. The many problems with which the year began are still unresolved. We end the year with serious troubles in Afghanistan, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine and Sudan, to mention only the major ones. We have to cope witb a Putinesque Russia and an increasingly… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick