Monthly Archives: January 2006

January 30, 2006

Hamas without Veils

Contrary to initial responses, Hamas’s projected victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections is a positive development. Not, as its apologists claim, because the proximity of power will favor a process of cooptation into parliamentary politics, and therefore strengthen the pragmatic …

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January 29, 2006

Freedom has rules

Arguments for licensed torture and judicial execution do nothing to advance the spread of freedom. Yet some, who rightly value freedom’s cause and see the dangers it must now confront, have let their pride and fear turn their thought in …

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January 26, 2006

Liberty versus security: The oldest dilemma

The whole point of a values-based foreign policy is that the means by which it is pursued are given equal importance to the ends to which it is aimed. The logic of ‘democratic transformation’ therefore applies as strongly to our …

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Liberty versus Security: The Oldest Dilemma

The whole point of a values-based foreign policy is that the means by which it is pursued are given equal importance to the ends to which it is aimed. The logic of ‘democratic transformation’ therefore applies as strongly to our …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Opinion Editorial
January 17, 2006

Arab Democratisation at the Crossroads

The year 2005 was momentous in the Arab World: it set in motion two critical elections in Palestine and Iraq; February witnessed Mubarak’s announcement of an overdue initiative of constitutional reform in Egypt. That in turn triggered a series of …

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January 12, 2006

Don’t forget Korea (or China)

President Bush’s recent uneventful trip to East Asia highlighted the United States’ need to engage the region through a comprehensive East Asia strategy, not simply the umbrella strategy of the global war on terrorism. Moreover, the European Union must formulate …

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January 10, 2006

A Message to My Fellow Arabs

Going back about a thousand years, the shape of the world was rather different from what it is today. Europe was embroiled in internecine feudal battles with much power and influence wielded by a corrupt church. Few of its societies …

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January 2, 2006

It’s Time to Threaten Russia’s Expulsion from the Group of Eight

During the next six months, Vladimir Putin, the increasingly authoritarian Russian leader (and a former KGB boss), will become the President of the Group of Eight, the successor of the Group of Seven (G7) most powerful industrial nations. Mr. Putin …

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