WPR Article 25 Jun 2011 - 01 Jul 2011
The discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has raised uncomfortable questions about both Islamabad's relationship with terrorism and Washington's relationship with Islamabad. Instead of aggravating these problems with more military aid, Washington should encourage structural change in Pakistan's economy, by reintegrating the region and economically undoing the partition of the subcontinent.
The invocation of the responsibility to protect in the Libya case has had a range of political consequences. Two contradictory consequences in particular need to be identified and understood. First, the attention given to Libya gave a needed boost to what had been languishing R2P efforts in Côte d'Ivoire. Second, the political fallout from Libya could make it less likely that such an operation be repeated in the future.
To the list of airpower's attractions we may now have to add legal impunity: The Obama administration is essentially claiming that because the Libya intervention involves minimal to no threat of harm to U.S. military personnel, it is not a "war" in the sense envisioned by the War Powers Resolution. The notion that war carried out from a "safe" distance faces no legal constraints is both appalling and insulting.
Against the backdrop of the Middle East's ongoing upheaval, especially the violence in neighboring Syria, Turkey's once-vaunted "zero problems" foreign policy strategy now looks severely outdated. Though Turkey will continue to seek a balanced, multivector foreign policy, the liabilities of its strategy, as illustrated in Syria, have laid bare Ankara's continued Western moorings.
This week, Alain Le Roy, U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations, announced that he will stand down in August. Known for his healthy distaste for the U.N.'s bureaucratic politics, the former French diplomat will have served for three years. Over that time, he has helped navigate U.N. operations through tough times, from a disaster in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to an unlikely success in Côte d'Ivoire.
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