International Analysis

Waking Up to Afghanistan’s Realities

Waking Up to Afghanistan’s Realities

December 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm

THE GUARDIAN 12/03/08 By Michael Shank and Shukria Dellawar With Robert Gates remaining at the helm of the US defence department for another term, Barack Obama signals that the Pentagon’s modus operandi changes little. There are pros and cons to this. The good news: lessons learned from George Bush’s administration […]

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After the Shooting Stops

After the Shooting Stops

November 28, 2008 at 11:17 pm

THE GUARDIAN 11/28/08 By Michael Shank Post-catastrophe finger-pointing is both natural and necessary. Crisis responders frequently call for accountability (“Government, why didn’t you protect us?”) and summon mass appeals to rationality (“Why did this happen?”). Mumbai was no different. Hardly a manic minute passed after the massacre before Pakistan was […]

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Poverty, Political Instability and Somali Piracy

Poverty, Political Instability and Somali Piracy

November 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 11/14/08 By Michael Shank Sir, To assume that the pervasive and persistent Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa is sound and fury signifying nothing of political substance, and that the solution to the madness is simply a summoning and tightening of security, is to completely misread the […]

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Talking with the Taliban

Talking with the Taliban

October 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

THE GUARDIAN 10/14/08 By Michael Shank Wandering seven long years in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan with hardly an end in sight, the US has just been offered a most fortuitous fix. It likely eludes America’s current president and queuing candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, but not for […]

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A Whole, Different View

A Whole, Different View

September 30, 2008 at 8:24 pm

THE HILL 09/30/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-Ill.) In forming the foundation of our country’s defense strategy, George Washington tilted the tenor of this town in a specific direction, noting that, “to be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” […]

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Obama, McCain Don’t Grasp Roots of Pakistan’s Instability

Obama, McCain Don’t Grasp Roots of Pakistan’s Instability

September 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm

THE HILL 09/12/08 By Michael Shank (Regarding article “McCain, Obama applaud Musharraf’s resignation,” Aug. 18.) Have presidential candidates Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) learned nothing from the resignation of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf? Both noted the exit of coup-installed Musharraf should “open the door to cooperation…in the […]

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Global Peace Index Ranking Doesn’t Flatter the U.S.

Global Peace Index Ranking Doesn’t Flatter the U.S.

August 10, 2008 at 9:45 pm

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 08/10/08 By Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) In the tradition of politically charged Olympics of the past, the 2008 summer games in Beijing have become an arena to contest some of the world’s most egregious conflicts. From concerns over China’s crackdown on Tibetan rights to the […]

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High-Level Engagement by US and UK is Needed vis a vis Iran

High-Level Engagement by US and UK is Needed vis a vis Iran

July 1, 2008 at 9:27 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 07/01/08 By Michael Shank Sir, Let us for a moment consider the merits of engagement (“A very small step: Pyongyang’s nuclear declaration is no breakthrough”, editorial, June 27). Three successes in 2008 are particularly salient and worth citing. US ambassador Christopher Hill’s persistent diplomatic penetration of North Korea’s […]

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McCain’s Irresponsibly Rosy Outlook on Iraq, Afghanistan

McCain’s Irresponsibly Rosy Outlook on Iraq, Afghanistan

May 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

THE HILL 05/21/08 By Michael Shank That Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cavalierly quips about first-term presidential accomplishments is not only deeply disconcerting, but also morally irresponsible (article, “McCain vows unprecedented transparency,” May 15). Half-baked heroism has handily usurped the Straight Talk Express. The only unprecedented part of McCain’s presidential pitch […]

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Why Not Firm Call for UN Reform?

Why Not Firm Call for UN Reform?

May 16, 2008 at 9:31 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 05/16/08 By Michael Shank Sir, Heavy on protestation, light on substance, Robert Kagan’s call for a concert of democratic countries begs a hypothetical test run (“The case for a league of democracies”, May 14). Test three of the globe’s burning blisters – genocide, climate change and human rights […]

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