Volume 1, Issue 1: Summer/Fall 2005

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Editor’s Note



Reevaluating Russia’s Role in the World
Alexander Vershbow, William Odom and Vitaly Kozyrev

Russia experts reflect on the country’s relations with the West and the politically turbulent states on its western border.





Covering the World
An Interview with David Brooks
New York Times columnist David Brooks discusses how reporting shapes his view of the world and how the Bush administration’s view of the world shapes U.S. foreign policy.


Crisis Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
An Interview with John Prendergast

John Prendergast offers his take on prospects for conflict resolution and effective peacekeeping in sub-Saharan Africa.


New Directions in the Americas
An Interview with Jane Thery

Jane Thery, an official at the Organization of American States, considers the political and economic reshuffling of Latin America.









Transatlantic Perspectives on European Security in the Coming Decade
By Jolyon Howorth

With ratification of the EU constitution in doubt, Jolyon Howorth analyzes the trends that will define European security and the Eu’s relationship with the United States in the years ahead.


Transnistria: Another Domino on Russia’s Periphery
By Achilles Skordas

Achilles Skordas urges a more flexible line in EU dealings with the independence-minded Moldovan enclave of Transnistria and, ultimately, Moldova’s integration into the EU.


Big Business and the Golden Straitjacket
By Paul Bracken

Paul Bracken argues that big business in China, India, Brazil and other emerging markets is outcompeting foreign multinationals and displacing NGOs, labor and government as a source of power and influence.


Strategic Engagement: Markets, Transnational Networks, and Globalization in Mauritius
By Deborah A. Bräutigam

Deborah A. Bräutigam explains how Mauritius shaped the sugar market, tapped cultural networks and contacts, and relied on a tradition of pluralism to export its way to the ranks of upper-middle income countries.


Dead Capital and the Sea: Post-Tsunami Relief for the Southeast Asian Informal Economy
By Kevin J. Fandl

The tsunamis that leveled so many Southeast Asian communities in December 2004 provide a critical but often overlooked opportunity to establish formal property rights throughout the region. Kevin J. Fandl lays the groundwork for proper land titling systems.


Implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan
By Andrew Natsios

USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios finds reasons for cautious optimism over the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and its ability to user in sustainable peace and power sharing in the Sudan.


Investigating War in Northern Uganda: Dilemmas for the International Criminal Court
By Katherine Southwick

Katherine Southwick contends that the International Criminal Court’s well-intentioned mandate in norther Uganda may have put civilian lives at risk, obstructed peace efforts, and de-legitimized local authority and culture.


Monitoring the Monitors: UN-ECOMOG Peacekeeping in the Liberian Civil War
By Milkah Kihunah

Looking back at the joint response to civil war in Liberia in 1989, Milkah Kihunah finds lessons for future UN collaboration with regional forces.


Failing Grades: Evaluating the Results of Plan Colombia
By Adam Isacson

Five years after the launch of Plan Colombia, Adam Isacson prescribes a more comprehensive, less militarized alternative to the $7.5 billion effort to combat the drug trade.


Measuring Up: Applying the Environmental Sustainability Index
By Tanja Srebotnjak and Daniel C. Esty

Tanja Srebotnjak and Daniel C. Esty tout the Environmental Sustainability Index as a much-needed quantitative guidepost to gauge national environmental performance and improve policymaking.








The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
By Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer

Reviewed by M.D.J. Morgan


Russian Crossroads: Towards the New Millenium
By Yevgeny Primakov

Reviewed by Jeffrey Mankoff


The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy
By Jussi Hanhimäki

Reviewed by Matias Spektor


The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy
By T.R. Reid
The European Dream: How Europe’s Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream
By Jeremy Rifkin

Reviewed by Alex Martinos



The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency
By James Naughtie

Reviewed by Nick Baldock






















Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics
By Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore


Reviewed by Jonathan G.S. Koppell


The Turks Today
By Andrew Mango

Reviewed by Joshua Walker


The Gift of a Cow: A Translation of the Classic Hindi Novel Godaan
By Premchand (Translated by Gordon Roadarmel)

Reviewed by Thomas Jandl


Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World
By Hugh Hewitt

Reviewed by Marcel Pacatte


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