Anyone who follows US foreign policy should be accustomed to seeing it advance its own interests in sometimes very cynical ways. But these actions are counterproductive, and it’s hard to make a case that they advances US interests at all.
What can 100 US troops actually do to combat a small but fanatical militia organization that has already existed for over two decades? Is Ugandan President Museveni really invested in taking down the Lord’s Resistance Army?
“Social movements are usually at their most extreme in the beginning—and become more rational over time. But the Reconstructionist venom just multiplies.”
Though rival factions and NATO posturing may compromise these efforts, Libya’s relative wealth at least gives transition leaders the material means to establish legitimacy
The struggle in Egypt has only just begun, and there is a long road ahead to realize the democratic ideals of Egyptian activists.
We don’t need to take up the Tea Party’s anti-intellectualism to gain popular traction, but we do need to take up the populist messages they’ve cornered. That’s what historically galvanizes the masses in the United States.
What happens next seems to be anyone’s guess.
If South Sudan can ever find the means to establish control over its own oil reserves and resist the international economic meddling that would undo any progress it seeks for its people, that will truly herald a new era of decolonization.
The Killing, a whodunit that covers the investigation into teenager Rosie Larsen’s murder ended its season without giving us much information, frankly, about whodunit.
It is increasingly clear that the Western narrative of an “Arab Spring” is too simplistic to responsibly capture events on the ground.