William Pfaff

For William Pfaff's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 11, 2014

Ukraine crisis aggravating an international disorder

No one knows what the U.S. wants for Ukraine beyond the ambition it has displayed since Communism's collapse — and which now has exploded in its face — of shoving NATO membership and Western missile installations right up to the Russian borders. Yes, Moscow ...

Mar 28, 2014

What does the West now want?

The U.S. has acquired a dangerous militarist outlook on world affairs in which problems are defined primarily in military terms. In the case of Ukraine, such a view could lead to catastrophe.

Mar 14, 2014

To achieve peace, the past must not be forgotten

The past must never be forgotten when trying to make peace between Ukraine and Russia. The U.S. risks war with Russia if it can't adjust the same reckless sentiments responsible in recent years for promoting NATO membership for Ukraine.

Mar 7, 2014

What happens now in Ukraine?

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe sounds precisely like the organization to sort out the Ukraine crisis and underwrite an impartial solution — if U.S. President Barack Obama is willing to accept its mediation.

Feb 20, 2014

Legacy of carnage and ruin

This is probably the last year of the three-decades-long U.S. effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia. The U.S. departure will leave behind much carnage and ruin.

Feb 14, 2014

Swiss voters send EU a message on immigration

Conventional debate in Europe has interpreted increased anti-immigrant sentiment as the result of xenophobia, racism and a new sympathy for the authoritarian far right. Analysis does not bear this out in the case of Switzerland and its narrow majority vote against "massive immigration."

Feb 9, 2014

EU effort bound for conflict

The EU's effort to build a political association with Ukraine in order eventually to make Ukraine an EU member has been extremely reckless and was inevitably destined to end in conflict.