2011-11-08-12.36.54-pmEditors' Note: As the situation in Iraq dominates the public debate in the United States and around the world, the Journal's insightful treatment of international affairs is vindicated. From ethics in military intervention to nation-building, the Journal has brought you perspectives on international affairs that were ahead of their time.

Keeping with out tradition of covering tomorrow's central issues today, this issue addresses a growing challenge to U.S. and international security. As space becomes increasingly important to U.S. military power and new technologies allow for new uses of space, how will the United States and other major power deal with the promise, and threat, that deploying weapons in space may produce?

We hope this issue will bring you the fresh ideas and insights that you need to better understand the world of international affairs.

– Emile El-Hokayem & Aaron Wessells


  • Star Wars Redux Introduction by the Editors | 

Space has perhaps never been as important to a state's national interest and as integral to its foreign policy as it is today. The major powers' increased reliance on space technology makes the security of national commercial and military space assets indispensable. Yet, the future of space policy and the role of the military in space is uncertain. Space has already been militarized, with satellites used for reconnaissance, warning, and military communications. Should it be weaponized, that is, populated with space-based munitions and lasers, ABM systems, and anti-satellite technologies?

Business & Finance

  • The Threat of Agroterrorism: Economics of Bioterrorism by Mark G. Polyak | Read  

Bioterrorism could be more devastating than many realize.

Conflict & Security

Pakistan needs to adapt its internal security apparatus to new threats.

  • Rhetoric vs. Reality: ASEAN's Clouded Future by Nicholas Khoo | Read  

ASEAN's grandiose dreams reamin distant realities.

Culture & Society

  • Beyond the Burqa: The Future of Afghan Women's Rights by Isobel Coleman | Read  

Afghan women still face daunting challenges.

Law & Ethics

  • Cloning and Culture: Legislation at Home and Abroad by David A. Prentice | Read  

There is a striking diversity of perspectives on human cloning worldwide.

Politics & Diplomacy

  • EU Expansion and Democracy: A Lost Opportunity by Heather Grabbe | Read  

EU accession has done little to promote democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Reinvesting in the Art of NATO: The President's Best Strategic Option by David Abshire and S. Wesley Cross | Read  

NATO's value as a diplomatic tool is being overlooked.

The United States should reassess its approach to the world and its problems.

Science & Technology

Examining technology as a driver of development in China.


Review of Alan L. McPherson's Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations.

  • The Art of Diplomacy by Melissa Reed | Read  

Review of Howard B. Schaffer's Ellsworth Bunker: Global Troubleshooter, Vietnam Hawk.

View from the Ground

  • The True Agents of Change in Africa: Communities and Youth  by Eric Pohlman | Read  

International aid in East Africa: Getting it right.

A Look Back

The Rwandan genocide highlights the need for flexible response mechanisms.

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