Jamie F. Metzl

For Jamie F. Metzl's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jun 4, 2010

Sri Lanka must invest in rights protection

NEW YORK — As the Sri Lankan government celebrates the first anniversary of its historic triumph over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is increasingly clear that the battlefield victory will prove Pyrrhic unless the legitimate grievances of Sri Lanka’s minority communities ...

Apr 6, 2010

Afghanistan's fate depends on governance

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Afghanistan highlighted the growing American and international perception that without better governance Afghanistan will fail. As Obama apparently made clear in his late night meeting with President Hamid Karzai, no matter what other progress is ...

Mar 18, 2010

Afghanistan lost without better governance

NEW YORK — The United States and its Afghan and NATO allies have demonstrated unmistakable progress in Afghanistan this year. The ongoing Marjah campaign, the arrest of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and two Taliban “shadow governors” in Pakistan, and the recent drone strike hitting ...

Sep 2, 2009

Afghans must take the lead in cleaning house

NEW YORK — Although the outcome remains uncertain, Afghanistan’s presidential election has demonstrated that the Afghan people yearn for more accountable leadership. But it is no less clear that this aspiration is far from being met, and that the country’s poor governance is laying ...

Dec 13, 2008

Beyond Pax Americana?

NEW YORK — It has become popular to suggest that when the dust settles from the global financial crisis, it may become clear that the United States-led postwar world has come to an end. If so, the global system that has secured peace, security, ...

Aug 23, 2008

Washington's 'Sputnik moment' in Beijing

NEW YORK — Aug. 8, 2008, may someday be remembered as the first day of the post-American era. Or it could be remembered as another “Sputnik moment,” when, as with the Soviet foray into outer space in 1957, the American people realized that the ...

Oct 4, 2007

The road to Myanmar passes through Beijing

NEW YORK — Three hard facts set the boundaries for the talks that United Nations negotiator Ibrahim Gambari is undertaking as he shuttles between Myanmar’s ruling generals and the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. First, despite the heroic leadership of the Buddhist ...