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 ...

Feb 11, 2011

America's rhetorical gap riles the Arab street

WATERLOO, Ontario — Writing in The New York Times on Aug. 20, 2002, Jeffrey C. Goldfarb quoted an Asian activist’s conviction that “American democracy requires the repression of democracy in the rest of the world.” This explains why Washington finds itself both behind the ...

Nov 30, 2010

Recalcitrant Indian state turns a corner

WATERLOO, Ontario — Writing here on March 13, 2005 (“The deep end of Indian state democracy”), I noted descriptions of Bihar’s first city Patna as the capital of hell on earth, its Hobbesian quality of life with large-scale kidnappings for ransom as the only ...

Nov 5, 2010

South Korea uniquely suited to host G20

WATERLOO, Ontario — In Pittsburgh, Pa., a year ago, the leaders of the world’s 20 leading countries declared that the Group of 20 summit would henceforth be the world’s premier forum for international economic governance. The group meets again in Seoul on Nov. 11-12. ...

Oct 6, 2010

Japan's loss, America's gain?

WATERLOO, Ontario — At the inaugural Singapore Global Dialogue on Sept. 23-24, there was a sharp exchange between retired Chinese and Japanese officials. In response to a question after his opening keynote address, former Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan admonished Japan for its inexplicable ...

Apr 5, 2010

Governments have duty to aid citizens caught in a nightmare

WATERLOO, Canada — Australian businessman Stern Hu has been convicted of taking bribes and stealing state secrets and sentenced to 10 years jail in China. International standards of a free and fair trial do not seem to have been met. Did the Rudd government ...

Dec 18, 2009

Realities of disarmament

WATERLOO, Canada — The international commission on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, chaired by former foreign ministers Gareth Evans of Australia and Yoriko Kawaguchi of Japan, faced two hurdles even before its work was completed. First, both countries are long-standing allies that have sheltered under ...