After 20 years of failed U.S. diplomacy based on protecting Israel’s occupation, the need to move to a new diplomacy rooted in international law and human rights remains a vital necessity.
Instead of focusing on the motives of the US and NATO, the opposition to the Libyan bombings needs to focus on the likely outcomes. Afghanistan and Iraq taught us there is still no way to bomb a country into democracy.
Foreign military intervention in Libya has little to do with humanitarian concerns, and protracted militarization could threaten the country's chance for real democratic development.
The international debate on imposing a no-fly zone in Libya has more to do with the politics of the New Middle East than with the protection of civilians.
Changing global power balances, continuing crises, Iran, Afghanistan. Four TNI fellows share their predictions for 2011.