Obama and the “non-American” world order

Redefining the role of “the leader of the free world”

Posted by , 29th January 2009

obamareunido.jpgWhile Obama has raised many hopes and achieved a rhetorical break with the totalitarian language of the Bush administration, his choice of advisers indicates regression rather than progression. Yet if his promise turns out to be meretricious, the world’s rocky relationship with the United States will deteriorate even further.


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How to take advantage of the ceasefire in Gaza

Lessons from the latest violent episode between Israel and Hamas

Posted by , 29th January 2009


The author says that Israel now has to lead a massive humanitarian aid effort directed at the Gazan population, and make sure that Hamas does not continue with is weapons contraband effort. Israel must send a message of normalcy to the Palestinian population.

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No end in sight to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

The important concessions that an impetuous Israel is still unwilling to make

Posted by , 28th January 2009

pal-and-jew.jpgIn 1968, Israel was warned that if it were to lose its self-control and ability to keep its position in the tumultuous Middle East would weaken significantly. In 2008 and on into 2009, it waged a devastating three-week long war against an enemy interspersed within a civilian population. Discover how Israel has gradually turned into a quick-tempered military machine, and what the concessions that the country must make in order to achieve true peace are.

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There is no room for a low intensity conflict in Gaza

The solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma is not a military one

Posted by , 28th January 2009

idf22.jpgWill the Palestinian-Israeli conflict continue to exist as a low intensity conflict with sporadic, very violent outbursts like the current Israeli military intervention in Gaza? The answer is no.


Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Gaza War

How to remain loyal to both your people and country

Posted by , 22nd January 2009

gazahoy.jpgPalestinian citizens of Israel have a vested interest in a peace agreement between their people and their state. They want to be regarded as full citizens of Israel, but at the same time do not want to give up their ability to impact the country’s policy towards the Palestinian people. They need to help bring back the Arab peace plan, and in the meantime will lick the Gazans’ open wounds, says the author.


How to improve the results of the operations in Afghanistan

Concrete solutions to the security and defense challenges in Central Asia

Posted by , 11th December 2008

isaff.jpgIt is worth asking ourselves whether the international presence in Afghanistan would be more effective with a more political formula, backed up by military actions, in the same vein as the one applied in Chad in 2004. Perhaps this is the model to support: assistance from the rear, leaving the leadership of the most arduous combat tasks to the country’s regular troops.


The True Nature of the War on Terror

Any realistic strategy for combating Islamic radicalism must be multidimensional

Posted by , 13th November 2008

zardarii.jpgThe author contends that the Bush Administration’s approach to the war on terror has relied too heavily on force, and that a deeper understanding of the true nature of Islamic radicalism indicates a mushroom phenomenon in the making. He proposes a realistic, multifaceted strategy, in which political and socio-economic approaches predominate, and force is only employed as a last resort.

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Spain and the (Irresponsible) Sale of Arms

The importance of increasing the control and transparency of Defense exports

Posted by , 23rd October 2008

helicoptero.jpgToday, Spain places eighth place in the list of countries that export weapons. With what criteria have the sales to certain countries been authorized? Are there guarantees that they will not be used for unforeseen objectives? Have they taken into account the human rights situation? The Spanish government, which is in favor of multilateralism and peaceful conflict resolution, should show a real commitment to increasing the control and transparency of its arms exportation, the author argues.


Who is counting the dead in Afghanistan? Another war lost

A People without a voice and the fight that cannot help them

Posted by , 16th October 2008

afganistanwar1.jpgBy and large the war in Afghanistan has been met with a chronic state of ambivalence by the international media after the onset of the war in Iraq. The situation grows direr every day and the author questions whether the objectives set forth by the U.S government are working or could have ever worked.