In The News

Judy Dempsey March 23, 2003
The Cold War created a strong alliance between the United States and Western European nations – the former provided the funds to rebuild the latter after the devastation of World War II, and thereby created a ‘buffer’ of democratic states between the USSR and the Atlantic. Now, that buffer is no longer needed, and European nations such as France are daring to oppose American policies,...
Shada Islam March 21, 2003
When the going was good, the European Union looked like a model of globalization. Fifteen countries appeared to have subjected their many historical, political and cultural differences to the altar of a united Europe. The European Union was emerging as the second superpower. But the bitter divergences among the EU members that have emerged over the American war against Iraq serve as a reminder...
Kate Zernike March 21, 2003
The day after bombing began in Iraq, thousands of American anti-war protesters took to the streets, walking out of classes and work, shutting down roads, and congregating on open spaces to proclaim their opposition to the US-led war in Iraq. Honoring the promise to “stop business as usual,” protesters confronted pro-war rallies and police in cities across the US. Even as arrests were made all...
Michael Tackett March 21, 2003
In contrast to the media coverage of the 1991 Gulf War, TV viewers in the US and around the world can watch the current war on Iraq in real time almost 24 hours a day. “I think the White House and the military establishment have programmed an irresistible story for journalists in this country," said Joe Lockhart, White House press secretary in the Clinton administration. But the access the...
March 20, 2003
Leaders all over the world have begun responding to the new Gulf War after the US-led coalition attacked Iraq. Reactions range from strong objections to active support and indicate a divided international community at the onset of the conflict. – YaleGlobal
Lionel Barber March 16, 2003
Although a US-led war against Iraq has not yet begun, the damage it has produced is already painfully visible. The NATO alliance suffered some of these wounds. The Financial Times' Lionel Barber argues that many leaders of the alliance are either courting the pacifists, or steadfastly asserting power, thus engendering divisions and magnifying differences. However, amidst talk of building a...
Joan Johnson-Freese March 14, 2003
A chain reaction of space activity, begun by Soviet-U.S competition in the 1960’s, has been duly catalyzed by China’s own manned space effort. The Middle Kingdom began its ventures into space in 1999, but soon it hopes to be only the third nation to have achieved human spaceflight. If this does happen, China’s position vis-à-vis the world - and particularly vis-à-vis the US - is bound to change...