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Let's be Honest: Multiculturalism Can Kill a Nation

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
February 7, 2006 |

The lesson of the Muhammad cartoon controversy is: Multiculturalism between nations is inevitable, but multiculturalism within nations is disastrous.

Protests, many of them violent, have erupted across the world--including Europe, Australia and New Zealand--after the appearance of cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad in unflattering ways.

America's Unlikely Savior

  • By
  • Nir Rosen,
  • New America Foundation
February 3, 2006 |

In the spring and summer of 2004, the radical young Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr led an armed uprising against the U.S. occupiers. His militia, the Mahdi army, fought several bloody battles against American forces. Muqtada's intifada, along with the Sunni insurgency that broke out in Fallujah at the same time, spelled doom for the neocon fantasy that the U.S. occupation would be a cakewalk. High-ranking U.S. officials called for Muqtada to be captured or killed.

A Humbled President? We'll See.

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
February 2, 2006 |

The conventional wisdom on the State of the Union address is that George W. Bush's ambitions, which are normally Texas-sized, have been reduced to the dimensions of, say, Delaware. But those who wish to shrink this president should bear in mind that he has three more years in office.

Hamas Election Pleases Hard-liners on Both Sides

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2006 |

The Hamas election in the Palestinian territories was disturbing to many. But not to all. Some were happy--extremely happy.

There's a concept in political science called "objective allies." That is, even people who hate each other can still find common ground--by, for example, hating others even more. In the past century's Europe, the communists and fascists of Europe agreed on nothing, except that they both, from their respective extremes, hated the centrists. And so both Reds and Browns would be objective allies, as both sought to tear down moderate parties and governments.

The Real State of the Union 2006

Monday, January 30, 2006 - 8:01am

General Clark delivered the keynote address at this special event, where an honest assessment of the United States' foreign policy drove a lively discussion. The morning began with Steve Clemons and John O'Sullivan leading a discussion on "Benchmarking Successes and Failures: The Condition of America's Great Purposes and Evolving 21st Century Challenges". Next, a panel of experts discussed "Global Outlooks: American Grand Strategy and Widening Arcs of Instability."

Five Blunders, One Terrorist State

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2006 |

The U.S. and Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and their new elected leaders, Hamas, represent a five-fold error. That's a lot of mistakes to make about such an important topic and region -- Israel and America will have to do better. But for now, we can simply note each blunder in hopes that corrections are being put in place.

The Gap Between U.S. Rhetoric and Reality

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2006 |

The victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections ought to lead to a fundamental rethinking of U.S. strategy in the Middle East, especially since it follows electoral successes for Islamist parties in Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The Dollar-Cost of War Doesn't End When it's Over

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 24, 2006 |

When nations go to war, government spending goes up. First for the fighting, then for the social-welfaring.

So all the fond dreams of reducing the size and cost of government in the years ahead are just that--fond dreams and nothing more. If a country calls its young people to rally to the colors, it had better be prepared to pay for their service, in the short run and also the long run. To do otherwise is to risk disaster, on the homefront as well as the warfront.

Will Globalization Make Hatred More Lethal?

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
January 24, 2006 |

"Link found between hatred and killing" is not a headline that would sell many newspapers. But you might turn a few heads with "Link between hatred and killing changes in ominous way." Or--to put a finer point on it--"Ratio of killing to hatred slated to rise." This is one of the biggest stories of the last 30 years and, probably, the next 30 years: the growing lethality of hatred.

History Gives the English Some Credit

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
January 19, 2006 |

According to futurist-strategist Herman Kahn, the most important fact about the 20th century is that America and Britain shared the same language.

But an upcoming movie, The New World, offers a look at the long-ago origins of that alliance--and questions its moral implications.

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