Given that the prevailing environment in southern Africa is characterized by widespread democratic backsliding, it is high time that the United States both reevaluates and reshapes its strategy in the region.
Aside from the undeniable merit of his views, consider the actual language used. Serious. Intelligent. Thought-provoking. Wouldn't it be something if a sizable number of our politicians would actually talk like that today? Imagine how different the national debate might be.
How exactly do you convince a population that's energized by having at long last deposed a dictator to hold off on elections until the conditions are right? Who decides what those conditions are and when they are present in sufficient strength?
This Saturday, I'll be stepping off a plane in Dubai along with several dozen other Americans, on the way to Kabul for a mission to monitor elections for the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower house of Parliament.
The Mubarak regime has repeatedly used the Israeli-Palestinian impasse as a fig-leaf to obscure its own monumental deficiencies -- and later used Bush's "war on terror" mantra as an even more dramatic cover story. Does this sound like the job description of an honest broker?
Ever since Bush launched a crusade to democratize parts of the world by force, sometimes with sanctions and sometimes guns, I have struggled with the question of how to get "tranformational diplomacy" right.
Sharp has inspired generations of progressives around the world. So why are foreign governments claiming that he and his small research institute are key players in a Bush administration plot against them?