Category Archives: U.S. policy

Libya and Darfur

I started doing international news in 1998 and one of the first stories I covered was Kosovo.  Five years later, as I watched the news of atrocities unfolding in Darfur, I naively thought that the international community would act swiftly to stop atrocities in Darfur.  But of course it didn’t,  and in December 2004, I wrote a radio story exploring all the reasons Darfur was not like Kosovo.  Now I am again stunned, but by an opposite situation: the speed with which the Obama Administration, European allies, the Arab League, the UN Security Council came together to act on Libya. So today, (acknowledging none of these analogies really works because each case is so so specific and different), I am exploring the reasons why Libya is not like Darfur. Here’s the story.

Humanitarian Intervention or Regime Change?

Today’s story on what’s next in Libya with thoughts from Robert Pape, Michael Knights and Richard Andres.

Don’t miss this related post by Laura Rozen.

Fighting for Darfur by Rebecca Hamilton

The new book Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide is a wonderfully clear, thoughtful history of the Darfur advocacy movement and its effect on policy.  Rebecca Hamilton stopped by The World‘s studios last Friday and spoke with Marco Werman. The shorter radio interview is here, and the longer version that ran on the history podcast is here.

War over in Darfur?

I hosted PRI’s The World again on Friday August 28th. It gave me the opportunity to interview human rights lawyer Rebecca Hamilton about her recent month-long research trip to Sudan, which included a trip to Darfur. She’s immersed in a really interesting book project on the Darfur advocacy movement and was able to win rare access to a wide range of actors inside Sudan. Here’s the link to the audio of our interview:


Ted Kennedy’s battle against apartheid

I did a radio story today about Kennedy spearheading the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 which imposed sanctions on the regime in South Africa.  Former TransAfrica President Randall Robinson and former Republican Senator and Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker still have vivid memories of that time, both of the on-the-streets activism and the legislative push that made up the U.S. anti-apartheid movement.  Here’s the link:


and here’s a link to a piece at about his contributions to foreign policy

John Radsan on rendition

Also Tuesday, I interviewed former CIA counsel and law professor John Radsan about the in’s and out’s of rendition and “extraordinary” rendition and whether the Obama Administration can both continue the practice and still prevent abuse.   Here’s the link to the interview:


Scott Horton on investigating torture

On Monday’s show I talked to Columbia law prof Scott Horton Monday about Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to re-open some alleged prisoner abuse cases for possible prosecution.  Here’s the interview: