Human nature hasn't changed, but the ease of indulgence – from food to credit cards to the Internet – has. The good news is that we can outsmart our impulses.
The US, Western, and Arab allies must recognize and support Libya's newly formed provisional, rebel government: the National Council. Doing so is key to a plan that will help avoid the most-feared scenarios, remove Qaddafi, and enable a more stable transition to democracy in Libya.
The State Department has failed to release key historical documents on US action in Iran and Congo. The issue isn't just that Americans have a right to know their history; they need to know it. These records could promote peacemaking and inform key foreign policy decisions.
Can air power alone force regime change? There's not much evidence. Even the 1999 Kosovo campaign raises doubts.
It's tough to take nuclear power plants out of the world's energy mix. The solution is to move ahead with newer, safer designs.
Former Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose sparked controversy over his comment that Duke 'only recruited black players who were Uncle Toms.' This damaging stereotype – that education, marriage, and financial stability are 'white' – is perpetuated by black and white communities alike.
Change in Arab governments may come moderately, as in Morocco, or with the blood of thousands, as in Libya. But it is not in America's interests to intervene. US action in Libya may result in big civilian causalities, anti-US blowback, and a loss of treasure America can ill afford.
Two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still coping with the aftermath. Now the concern is food and water.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon discusses intervention in Libya, the situation in Yemen and Syria, and the argument between Bahrain and Iran. He reiterates Israel's human rights violations and the importance of the peace process. He speaks finally of his hopes for the Arab region.
The United States has an image problem in the Middle East. Years of supporting regional dictators and occupying Iraq have undermined influence. The current upheaval provides a rare opportunity for the US to reset regional relations. For years, US strategic interests, such as securing access to oil, counting allies in the fight against terror, or countering Iranian influence, trumped anemic calls in Washington for reform. But it is actually a US strategic interest to stand up for democracy, as open countries are inherently more prosperous, capable of upholding rule of law, and stable in the long-term. Initiating military action in Libya makes a transparent vision for engagement in the region imperative. Foreign policy expert Adam Hinds lists six decisive steps President Obama must take.
Just as perseverance helped the Japanese cope with the nuclear crisis, earthquake, and tsunami, other qualities can help them in the recovery phase.
President Obama's bombing of Libya without congressional authorization or debate puts us on a dangerous path. A minimum standard for transparency in government is that the House and the Senate go on the record for or against a new war.
Amr Moussa – departing secretary general of the Arab League and Egyptian presidential candidate – discusses the no-fly zone intervention in Libya and Qaddafi's exit. He also touches on Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria and the future of Egypt's relationship with Israel and the Palestinians.
President Obama wants the US to take a backseat in the military campaign. But it is far from clear who will take charge.
In Chile, Obama stresses Latin America's 'shared responsibility' in the world. That's the same approach he's taking in Libya.
With Yemen in upheaval, US pundits have peddled inflated fears about the threat it poses. While it’s easy to identify risk factors, circumstances don’t spell the kind of chaos Americans most fear, nor do they validate US support for President Ali Abdullah Saleh. His unpopular government has little moral or logistical ground to stand on. After a violent government crackdown on protesters Friday, three key military leaders have defected to the opposition, in addition to numerous other diplomats and lawmakers. But this doesn’t necessarily spell a victory for democracy. Sheila Carapico, a professor of political science and international relations at The University of Richmond and American University in Cairo debunks six claims about the tumult in Yemen.