Tag Archives: Obama

Awards and Analogies

This week’s stories:

Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize October 9

Herta Muller wins Nobel Liberature Prize October 8

The Vietnam Analogy October 7

Afpak Strategy October 6

Afghan Vote Recount October 5

Working for peace in Sudan

Here’s a WP report on the Obama Administration’s efforts to focus attention on salvaging the North-South Peace Process–it ends with this tidbit on US policy:

The Obama administration is finishing a lengthy policy review on Sudan that has been marked by disagreements over how many “carrots” it should offer to Bashir, who has been charged by the International Criminal Court with war crimes in Darfur. There also appears to be a rift in the administration over whether to characterize the violence in Darfur as an “ongoing genocide.”

Meanwhile Alex de Waal is blogging about the African Union Panel on Darfur and its work exploring the roots of the conflict in Darfur.

Torture continued….

Dan Froomkin has the latest:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2008/12/03/BL2008120301347.html

Obama Foreign Policy

Amid the speculation about cabinet posts, here’s a radio story about what a president’s pick for Secretary of State tells us anyway. 

Tomorrow I’ll be looking at Congo and how the Obama Administration might approach the crisis there.

Obama and Pakistan

My pal Beena Sarwar in Pakistan has a piece   out on the Inter Press Service News Agency website about the mixed feelings there about Obama.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Pakistanis grudgingly share the global excitement of Mr. Obama’s victory,” contends Islamabad-based political analyst Nasim Zehra, “Grudgingly, because many have not forgotten his campaign rhetoric of possibly attacking Pakistani territory to combat terrorism.”

Former newspaper editor and ambassador to Washington Maleeha Lodhi, currently a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, told a television anchor that such rhetoric may perhaps have been an attempt to “act and sound tough on Afghanistan and Pakistan” since Obama had opposed the war in Iraq.

However, as Zehra points out, Pakistanis, who have a greater understanding of the complexity of the terrorism problem and bear the high costs of this violence, “found Obama’s resolve to attack their territory both aggressive and naïve.” As many as 3,000 military and paramilitary and many more thousands of civilians have been killed over the last five years as the ‘war on terror’ has escalated.

“This notwithstanding, Pakistanis at the same time hope for and expect Obama, as president, to be more patient, wiser and more multilateralist in the conduct of US foreign policy. There is also expectation in Pakistan that behind his combative electioneering rhetoric exists a more informed outlook that will determine America’s choices,” says Zehra.

Look for more on this topic later today from The World‘s Aaron Schachter in Islamabad.