Sep 28, 2011

Libyan effect on protection

The invocation of the responsibility to protect (R2P) in Libya has drawn surprisingly intense criticism. The United Nations was neither designed nor expected to be a pacifist organization. Its origins lie in the anti-Nazi wartime military alliance among Britain, the United States and the ...

Sep 22, 2011

Threats to the realization of India's potential

For all of India’s many and weighty advantages and its present trajectory, a fatal stall cannot be ruled out. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, has India gone from the inherent virtue of socialism as the equal sharing of miseries to the inherent vice of capitalism ...

Aug 23, 2011

India scores a wrong-sided goal — again

Presented with a golden opportunity to rise and shine, India has an unmatched capacity to look prosperity firmly in the face, turn around, and walk off resolutely in the opposite direction. The latest manifestation of this favorite national pastime comes in relation to deeply ...

Jul 18, 2011

Mumbai attack a new cause to take offense

Three serial blasts in 12 minutes tore through India’s commercial capital Mumbai last Wednesday evening, leaving 21 dead and over 140 injured. Few — if any — other major metropolitan city can match Mumbai’s record as terrorists’ target of choice: in 1993, 2002, 2003, ...

Jun 8, 2011

Dial Mladic for mass murder

The old saying about the importance of justice appearing to be done as well as being done is perhaps even more relevant to international than national politics. This is so because we operate in a world order in which the institutions of international criminal ...

May 24, 2011

India's stirring middle class

India is on the move, with millions climbing into middle class status and a growing pool of super-rich billionaires. Yet it also has more poor, hungry and illiterate people than any other country in the world; access to safe water and sanitation remains a ...

May 9, 2011

Realignment of Canada's political landscape

In the first election debate between the leaders of Canada’s four political parties, opposition leader Michael Ignatieff of the Liberal Party attacked Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the ruling Conservative Party for wanting to shut down anything he could not control. New Democratic Party ...

Apr 10, 2011

Realigned values help global order evolve

CANBERRA — On March 17, Security Council Resolution 1973 authorized the use of “all necessary measures,” short of an invasion and occupation, “to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas”: the first United Nations-sanctioned combat operations since the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Resolution 1973 was passed ...

Mar 20, 2011

Acting responsibly to save Libyan civilians

WATERLOO, Ontario — The responsibility to protect is the mobilizer of last resort of the world’s will to act to prevent and halt mass atrocities and mitigate the effects of sovereignty as organized hypocrisy, as Stephen Krasner famously put it. It is our normative ...