Last week began a string of legal one-off ivory sales in Africa that rekindled an argument between save-the-elephants traditional conservationists and their free-market counterparts. The old-school conservationists are alarmed and outraged by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species’ (CITES) decision to allow four African nations to sell government stockpiles of ivory. The sale, […]
Erin Wildermuth is a graduate student at the London School of Economics.
A younger, humbler George W. Bush once said, “I don’t think our troops should be used for what’s called nation building.” How times change. A strategy document released recently by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, with the tacit approval of the president, might as well have been titled “Three cheers for nation building.” The […]
In mid-July the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and genocide. The evidence strongly suggests that the nation’s president, who displaced a democratically elected government to take power in 1989, has been responsible for violence and bloodshed in Sudan. If accountability and justice were the only issues at hand, […]