International Analysis

US Policy in Iraq: A Plague on Both Houses

US Policy in Iraq: A Plague on Both Houses

May 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE OPERATIONS Vol 3, No. 6 May-June 08 By Michael Shank For all of Washington’s white papers on the war in Iraq, testimonies by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and wonkish retching over the war’s latest development – the recent routing of Iraq Prime Minister Nouri […]

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Poppy Crop Destruction Drives Farmers Towards Taliban

Poppy Crop Destruction Drives Farmers Towards Taliban

April 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 04/12/08 By Michael Shank Sir, With reference to your report, “US seeks Afghan heroin action” (April 5/6): the American proclivity for short-term, high-visibility gains precludes, yet again, sound strategy. Aerial spraying does not constitute an effective poppy eradication programme. Critically, this counter-narcotics strategy ignores the demand side. If […]

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Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding

Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding

April 5, 2008 at 10:26 pm

PEACE & CHANGE: A JOURNAL OF PEACE RESEARCH Vol. 33, Issue 2, April 08 By Michael Shank and Lisa Schirch Abstract The arts offer peacebuilders unique tools for transforming intractable interpersonal, intercommunal, national, and global conflicts – tools that are not currently prevalent or available within the peacebuilding field. The […]

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U.N. Security Council Must Act Preemptively – on Climate Change

U.N. Security Council Must Act Preemptively – on Climate Change

March 24, 2008 at 9:50 pm

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR 03/24/08 By Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) The United Nations tackled the task of troubleshooting climate change last month. Between holding special General Assembly meetings at headquarters in New York, bringing 100 environmental ministers to Monaco in the largest meeting of ministers since Bali, and […]

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Afghan Domestic Opinion Neglected in Ashdown Plan

Afghan Domestic Opinion Neglected in Ashdown Plan

February 15, 2008 at 9:38 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 02/15/08 By Michael Shank Sir, Paddy Ashdown still does not get it. His three-pronged policy prescription for Afghanistan (“A strategy to save Afghanistan”, February 13), while meritorious on many levels, nowhere implies consultation with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai. This approach, unfortunately, is consistent with years of interventionist neglect […]

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Gaza Sanctions Exact an Unjust Toll on Civilians

Gaza Sanctions Exact an Unjust Toll on Civilians

January 23, 2008 at 10:44 am

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR 01/23/08 By Michael Shank Regarding the Jan. 15 article “Fertilizer, frustration fuel Gaza’s rockets”: The article paid primary attention to fertilizer and little to frustration. This neglect appears not unusual as the humanitarian crisis emerging in Gaza seems to garner little international concern. Now that Gaza’s main […]

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Don’t Choke Off Gaza

Don’t Choke Off Gaza

January 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 01/22/08 By Michael Shank In mollifying international criticism of border closings, Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror claimed that “sufficient stocks of food” existed for Gazans and that “no one would go hungry” (“Israeli air force strikes empty Hamas offices,” World, Saturday). Mr. Dror speaks not of Gaza. […]

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Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

January 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 01/17/08 By Michael Shank Sir, At long last, US strategy in Afghanistan is wising up (“From poppies to pomegranates”, January 14). Putting crop eradication on the back burner, a move aided by concern from the government in Kabul, the US is pursuing ways in which high-value produce can […]

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Putting Iran on Annapolis Guest List Less of a Risk than Not

Putting Iran on Annapolis Guest List Less of a Risk than Not

November 30, 2007 at 9:51 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 11/30/07 By Michael Shank Sir, Saudi Arabia and Syria hardly constitute a coalition of the craven (“Iran looms large over Arab ‘coalition of the frightened’ “, November 28). The appearance of these and other Arab states at the Annapolis peace summit is anything but an exhibition of anxiety […]

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Annapolis Holds Opportunity for Mideast Peace

Annapolis Holds Opportunity for Mideast Peace

November 25, 2007 at 10:01 pm

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 11/25/07 By Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) The time has come for the world’s leaders to face hard truths concerning the Middle East, specifically the conflict between Palestine and Israel. On Tuesday, President George Bush will provide such an opportunity as leaders of the U.S., Israel, […]

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