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Only Diplomacy should serve Democracy

I am afraid to hypothesize that the conventional wisdom that has fed the US foreign policy-making in recent years has relied on the use of non-democratic means to try to impose democracy and quell terrorism. Non-democratic strategies manifest in the use of force and result in war and political chaos …

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Una's Travels: From Cyprus to Budapest

Last Tuesday, my enclave finally got the go-ahead to leave Cyprus. Our wounded compatriot  was well enough to be left behind (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, see previous travel posts), and we had to resume our scheduled trip through Hungary and the Balkans. On the flight from …

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Peter Beinart on UN Peacekeeping Missions

UN Dispatch has a great post about an article on UN peacekeeping written by (of all people) Peter Beinart in (of all publications) The New Republic. I checked the article out, and, while I may not have a great personal impression of Beinart  (he did something nasty at a function …

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What's the Worst Conventional Wisdom?

I was recently asked to answer this question: What is the most problematic and damaging piece of conventional wisdom in American foreign policy today, and why? Here’s my answer in a nutshell: Islamofascism.  Islamofascism represents an attempt to link the fight against terrorism today with past fights against Nazi Germany …

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The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility

The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility   states, "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."  Students define for themselves what it means to …

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Una's Travel Diary: Background on the Cyprus Conflict

At last, I have fast wireless access! Now, I can fill you in on what my trip to Cyprus is all about. Balanced information sources on the Cyprus conflict are few and far between, but cyprus-conflict.net, a web site recommended to me by a very helpful UNDP employee, is certainly …

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Of Our Own Making

In the recent discussion “How are the US and UN Working Together to Combat Terrorism” former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Senior Advisor of the United Nations Foundation, Gillian Sorensen, discussed the necessity of strengthening the relationship between the US and UN. It is unfathomable that a single …

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