Beware the Public Diplomacy Disaster

February 25, 2005

The headlines from the Middle East these days are full of optimism.

Außenansicht: Gedenken als gemeinsame Aufgabe

January 24, 2005

In dieser Woche gedenken die Menschen weltweit der Befreiung der nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager vor 60 Jahren. Als einer, der selbst aus Nazi-Deutschland fliehen musste und während des Holocausts einen Großteil seiner Familie verloren hat, meine ich, dass die Zeit gekommen ist, sowohl zu gedenken, als auch nach vorne zu schauen.

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Response to Simon Prideaux’s ‘From Organisational Theory to the New Communitarianism of Amitai Etzioni

January 01, 2005

“Response to Simon Prideaux’s ‘From Organisational Theory to the New Communitarianism of Amitai Etzioni’.” Canadian Journal of Sociology. Vol. 30, No. 2 (2005) pp. 215-217.

Affective Bonds and Moral Norms: A Communitarian Approach to the Emerging Global Society

January 01, 2005

“Affective Bonds and Moral Norms: A Communitarian Approach to the Emerging Global Society.” International Politics and Society, ed. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. (Verlag J.H.W.

Genocide Prevention in the New Global Architecture

January 01, 2005

Where do future humanitarian interventions fit into the evolving post9/11 new global architecture? To answer this question I ask: what are the main features of this architecture? In what directions is it propelled? Could these expected developments accommodate more forthcoming and more effective humanitarian interventions than we have seen in the past?

A New World Order

January 01, 2005

“A New World Order,” Survival 47, No. 1 (2005), pp.186-187.
Anne-Marie Slaughter's new book is a good to read in these troubled times.

Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity

January 01, 2005

“Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity,” Contemporary Sociology 34, No. 5 (2005), pp. 477-485.
Examining the most recent book by Samuel Huntington, Who are we?: The Challenges to Americas' National Identity, raises a question that applies to similar publications, like The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Charles Murray: How should such books be reviewed?

Turkey Best Remain in the Middle East

December 01, 2004

One should not reject Turkey membership in the EU on the grounds that it is an unsuitable member for this community of free nations but rather because one recognizes that precisely because Turkey h

Red State, Blue State, Light Meat, Dark Meat

November 26, 2004

As my students were packing to home for Thanksgiving, I asked them what effect "Post-Election Stress Syndrom" was going to have on their holidays. Only two expected any troubles.

Enforcing Nuclear Disarmament

November 11, 2004

EVER SINCE I was a student in the early 1950s, I have been told that world government is a dream of starry-eyed idealists. But a form of world government is coming into being, although not the one that Immanuel Kant, Bertrand Russell or the United World Federalists envisioned. It is not the vast web of rules and norms embodied by the United Nations and the European Union. It is not based on shared ideology, race or religion. And it is not a byproduct of the Wilsonian daydream of a world rapidly democratized by the application of American power.

Forming a Global Authority: A World Government Respond to Terrorism

November 01, 2004

Ever since I was a student in the early 1950s, I have been told that a world government is a dream of dewy-eyed idealists, a vision no serious perso

The American Slippage Towards Plutocracy

November 01, 2004

"The American Slippage Towards Plutocracy" Is Democracy in Danger? Phi Kappa Phi Forum (Winter 2004) pp. 26-29

We've got this war on terror so wrong

October 28, 2004

Recent months have seen desperate attempts by the Western nations to stop North Korea and Iran joining the nuclear club. These two nations remain on George Bush's Axis of Evil. 

What are we afraid of?

October 18, 2004

During a recent meeting at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, defense lawyers chided-well, other defense lawyers-for being unduly impressed with the science of DNA.

Der Außenpolitik fehlt Harte.

October 09, 2004

Politische Alleingange haben ausgedient. Doch konnen konzertirte Aktionen mehrerer Staaten die so entstandene Lucke fullen?