Aug 12, 2009

Seven global lessons from a teachable event

WATERLOO, Ontario — Apparently Sgt. James Crowley’s arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in Boston on July 17 was “a teachable moment.” Here are seven lessons relevant to world affairs. First, it is possible for intelligent, reasonable, good and honorable people to ...

Jul 31, 2009

Next word on intervention

WATERLOO, Ontario — The 1990s was a decade of conscience-shocking atrocities in Rwanda, the Balkans and East Timor. Unilateral actions by India and Vietnam to end atrocities in the 1970s had drawn international opprobrium and condemnation. The crises of the 1990s provoked agonized soul-searching ...

May 15, 2009

Nonoption in Afghanistan

KABUL — A five-day visit to Afghanistan left me profoundly pessimistic about the accomplishments to date to stem the drain on international blood and treasure, yet convinced of the importance of not losing Afghanistan to the other side. Kabul defined the pessimism: After more ...

Mar 27, 2009

Perks of the warring states

WATERLOO, Ontario — Since the end of World War II, America, Britain and Israel have been among the countries most heavily involved in war and armed conflict. Don’t expect to see any of their political or military leaders in an international criminal dock anytime ...

Mar 6, 2009

Genteel pastime reaches end of innocence

WATERLOO, Ontario — In recent years, Australia, England and New Zealand have canceled cricketing tours of Pakistan because of concern for the physical safety of their teams. At best, Australia agreed to play Pakistan in the neutral venue of Abu Dhabi next month. The ...

Dec 18, 2008

What can be done to protect Zimbabweans

WATERLOO, Ontario — The responsibility to protect (R2P) norm, embraced universally at the world summit in New York in 2005, remains operationally elusive. Calls are growing for international intervention to lift the shroud of Robert Mugabe’s ruinous reign from Zimbabwe’s body politic. A country ...

Dec 1, 2008

Lessons for India after three days of terror

WATERLOO, Ontario — Mumbai is remarkably resilient in bouncing back to a semblance of normalcy within days. We’ve been here before — in 1993 and again in 2006 — when terrorists killed more than 200 people each time. Each time the government expresses shock, ...

Nov 26, 2008

Pirates feel the sting of India's naval muscle

WATERLOO, Ontario — The rising might of India and the growing menace of piracy collided recently in the Gulf of Aden, a 2.59-million-square-km stretch of waterway between Somalia and Yemen. This came after India’s demonstration of prowess in space with the successful launch of ...

Oct 27, 2008

Better governance for a global age

WATERLOO, Ontario — The financial crisis roiling the world is the result of serious shortcomings in domestic financial governance that have also highlighted gaps in the global governance of international finance and capital. On any given day, mail is delivered across borders; people travel ...

Aug 27, 2008

Showcasing best of China

It’s been like watching the coverage of the Beijing Olympics on a split screen. Much of the Western media comment in the main news and opinion pages has been written up by the “nattering nabobs of negativism,” in the immortal words of Vice President ...