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Robert McLean
by | Aug 28, 2006

With the conflicts and disorder of the Middle East consuming the attention of much of the civilized world, there is yet another battle raging on — though few in the West are even slightly aware of its potential consequences or…

by | Jul 26, 2006

It is common now to charge that the invasion of Iraq was a moment where America’s ambitions surpassed its abilities. Various articles have surfaced of late declaring that even President George W. Bush may be grasping the folly of his…

by | Jul 19, 2006

There has been much speculation in Australia about a secret deal to transfer power from current Prime Minister John Howard to his deputy, Peter Costello, before next year’s parliamentary elections. On July 6, the Associated Press reported that Howard now…

by | Jun 27, 2006

Set against the backdrop of decolonization and an international environment split between Cold War superpowers, both weak and newly independent states formed a bloc that became known as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). While essentially contradictory from its inception, it was…

by | May 18, 2006

Relations between the United States and Russia have come under close examination from a number of quarters as of late. The recent anniversaries of the Allied victory in Europe and Winston Churchill’s famous “Iron Curtain” speech provided the kindling for…

by | May 2, 2006

WASHINGTON — The Cold War may be over, but relations between the United States and Russia are slowly begging to freeze over once again. Nowhere has this become more evident than in our dealings with the Islamic Republic of Iran….

by | Apr 18, 2006

Kofi Annan’s tenure at the United Nations is soon mercifully coming to an end. Those hopeful for genuine reform of the troubled body, however, should not hold their breath. The United States was recently one of only four countries out…

by | Apr 4, 2006

WASHINGTON — A key to success in Iraq will be the ability of the Iraqi people and coalition members to transform the country’s economy from a state of ruin to a model for prosperity in the Middle East. Iraqis with…

by | Mar 21, 2006

It is that time of year again when all of a sudden Beijing is concerned with human rights. The Information Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued a report on March 9 entitled “The Human…

by | Nov 1, 2005

The proverbial library of successful counter-insurgencies — a woefully small collection — is dominated by the near-legendary campaigns of the British, including those carried out in Malaya, Aden, and Oman. Until recently, some observers thought it entirely possible that the…

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